Visionary Tri-State Leaders Convening to Discuss the Areas Driving City Growth - Investment, Placemaking, Development, Collaboration & Design

Leadership Gatherings To Help Accelerate Investment –       Collaboration + Build Awareness & Momentum

for NEWARK’s Leading Projects, Programs & Initiatives

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A Yearly Opportunity To Gather Regional Leaders Across Sectors & Specialties

All Aligned with &  for NEWARK + Tri-State Growth

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Global Investors, Developers & Asset Managers
A Leader & Innovator in Driving Inclusive Equitable Growth
National Award Winning Architecture, Design & Engineering
Facilitative + Innovative City Policies - City, State, Region
One of The Most Exciting Domestic Emerging Market
Placemaking, Innovation, Creativity, Vibrancy
Globally Recognized - Regional Development Darling
Public+Private Partnership Perfected
ESG & Sustainability Leaders, Innovations
The Most Exciting Project Pipeline - Future Forward
The Hottest Multifamily Market Pipeline
Retailers, Restauranteurs, Culture+Art Sweetspot

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A Regional Sweet Spot

Corporate, Innovation, Human Capital & Cultural Sweet Spot
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SUMMIT SPEAKERS

National Thought-Leaders, Innovators & Disruptors
Teik Lim
NJIT Remarks

Teik C. Lim
President
NJIT

Jeffrey Robinson
Rutgers Remarks

Jeffrey Robinson
Executive Vice Chancellor
& Provost 
Rutgers Newark

Bob Carrigan
Audible-Remarks

Bob Carrigan
CEO
Audible

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Tim Sullivan
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Tim Sullivan
President & CEO
NJEDA

Marcus Randolph
Invest Newark

Marcus Randolph
CEO
Invest Newark

Angelo Genova
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Mayor's Fireside

Angelo Genova, Esq.
Co-Founder & Chairman
Genova Burns LLC

Mayor Baraka
Mayor's Fireside

Ras J. Baraka
Mayor
City of Newark

LaMonica Mclver
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LaMonica McIver
City Council President
City of Newark

Aisha Glover
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Aisha Glover
Head, Urban Innovation
Audible

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Governor Murphy
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Phil Murphy
Governor
State of New Jersey

Kerri Berson Levine
Mixed-Use + Innovative Retail

Kerri Berson Levine
Principal
The Fidelco Realty Group

Jack Klugmann
Capital Markets Finance Tax Incentives

Jack Klugmann
President & CEO
Accurate

Wayne Richardson
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Wayne Richardson
President
Board of County Commissioners
Essex County

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Kathy Anderson
Capital Markets Finance Tax Incentives

Kathy Anderson
Founding Partner
Progress Capital

Bernel Hall
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Bernel Hall
President & CEO
New Jersey Community Capital

Omar Mansour
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Omar Mansour
Principal
Boraie Development

Ron Beit
EmergingMarketsRegion

Ron Beit
Founder & CEO
RBH Group

Adenah Bayoh
Mixed-Use + Innovative Retail

Adenah Bayoh
Founder & Principal
Adenah Bayoh
& Companies

Ashley Mays
Mixed-Use + Innovative Retail

Ashley Mays
Chief of Place & Real Estate
Newark Alliance

Frank Giantomasi
MODERATOR
ArtsTNS

Frank Giantomasi
Member
Chiesa Shahinian &
Giantomasi PC

Jay Biggins
Capital Markets Finance Tax Incentives

Jay Biggins
Executive Managing
Director
BLS & Co.

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Linda Harrison
ArtsTNS

Linda Harrison
CEO & Director
The Newark Museum of Art

George Tenedios
Mixed-Use + Innovative Retail

George Tenedios
Founder
& CEO
fresh&co

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Joseph Alpert
Founder & Principal
The Alpert Group

Adam Pasternack
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Adam Pasternack
President,
Property Management
Russo Development

Talia Young
ArtsTNS

Talia Young
President & CEO
Newark Symphony Hall

Duncan Turner
OfficeTNS

Duncan Turner
General Partner, SOSV
Global Managing Director, HAX

Brian Murray
Capital Markets Finance Tax Incentives

Brian Murray
Co-Founder & CEO
Shift Capital

Jonathan Schultz
Mixed-Use + Innovative Retail

Jonathan Schultz
Co-Founder & Managing Principal
Onyx Equities

Melissa Strickland
MODERATOR
OfficeTNS

Melissa Strickland
Principal & Managing Director, NJ
HLW

John Schreiber
ArtsTNS

John Schreiber
President & CEO
NJPAC

Andrew Camelotto
MODERATOR
Capital Markets Finance Tax Incentives

Andrew Camelotto
Director,
Real Property
GIBBONS

Andrew Cavaluzzi
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Andrew Cavaluzzi
Co-Founder & Partner
Hudson Valley Property
Group – HPVG

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Jennifer Carillo-Perez
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MODERATOR

Jennifer Carillo-Perez
Partner
Connell Foley

Samer Hanini
Mixed-Use + Innovative Retail

Samer Hanini
Founder & Managing Partner
Hanini Group

Jon Dario
OfficeTNS

Jon Dario
CEO
Edison Properties

Elnardo Webster
MODERATOR
EmergingMarketsRegion

Elnardo Webster
Partner
Connell Foley

Bill Harrison
MODERATOR
Mixed-Use + Innovative Retail

Bill Harrison
Partner
Genova Burns LLC

Sam Chapin
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Sam Chapin
Managing Director
LMXD
L+M Development Partners

Jay Bolton
EmergingMarketsRegion

Jay Bolton
Principal
Bolton Development

David Wolfe
Capital Markets Finance Tax Incentives

David Wolfe
Managing Partner
Skoloff & Wolfe

Allison Ladd
Capital Markets Finance Tax Incentives

Allison Ladd
Deputy Mayor & Director,
Economic & Housing Development
City of Newark

Joseph Lee
ArtsTNS

Joe Lee
Vice President & General Manager
NJ PBS

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Drew Fletcher
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Drew Fletcher
President
Greystone Capital Advisors

Anton Vincent
OfficeTNS

Anton Vincent
President
Mars Wrigley North America

Calvin Souder
MODERATOR
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Calvin Souder
Founding Partner
Souder, Shabazz &
Woolridge Law Group

Murat Matlu
EmergingMarketsRegion

Murat Mutlu
Founder & Principal
INOA Architecture

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Gabriel Lopez
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Gabriel Lopez
Principal
J&L Companies

John Saraceno Jr.
OfficeTNS

John Saraceno
Co-Founder & Managing Principal
Onyx Equities

Vaughn Crowe
OfficeTNS

Vaughn Crowe
Managing Partner
Newark Venture Partners

Steven Gorelick
ArtsTNS

Steven Gorelick
Executive Director
New Jersey Motion Picture
& Television Commission

Melanie Walter
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Melanie Walter
Executive Director
New Jersey Housing and
Mortgage Finance Agency

Michael Higgins
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Michael Higgins
Managing Partner
MHS
Architecture

Marcy DePina
ArtsTNS

Marcy DePina
President
Newark City Parks
Board President, Newark Arts

Leslie Anderson
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Leslie A. Anderson
President & CEO
New Jersey Redevelopment
Authority – NJRA

Jose R. Cruz
Capital Markets Finance Tax Incentives

Jose Cruz
Senior Managing
Director
JLL

Pedro Gomes
EmergingMarketsRegion

Pedro Gomes
Founder & CEO
Gomes Group

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The Jersey City Summit including ‘The Jersey City Summit for Real Estate Investment’ & ‘The Jersey City Summit for Economic Development, Placemaking & Innovation’ are all productions (conferences) created, developed, envisioned and produced by roundtable&advisory. Founded in 2015, the summit is a private enterprise, separate and distinct from the City of Jersey City and the JCEDC or any other organizations directly associated with the City of Jersey City.  roundtable&advisory – The Jersey City Summit – has as it’s goal – the advancement of municipal innovation – economic, real estate, creative & cultural development. It is a foundational series of leadership gatherings to help accelerate + build awareness & momentum for city & regional innovative projects, programs & initiatives. A private organization advancing public good.  Sherif Abouzied is the founder & managing principal of roundtable&advisory & organizer of The Jersey City Summit.

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Teik C. Lim


President


Dr. Teik C. Lim is the 9th President of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and also holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining NJIT on July 1 of 2022, Dr.  Lim led the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) as interim president from 2020-2022 and was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at UTA from 2017-2020.

 

Dr. Lim’s career began in the private sector before transitioning to faculty appointments and then to university administration.  He worked as an engineer at Structural Dynamics Research Corporation before joining The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research as a research scientist.  He taught at the University of Alabama beginning in 1998, as associate professor, before joining the University of Cincinnati in 2002, where he advanced from associate professor to professor to department head and to associate dean for graduate studies and research before, ultimately, being named Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science.


Dr. Lim earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME) from Michigan Technological University, his Master of Science in ME from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and his Ph.D. in ME from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Lim is internationally recognized as a leading scholar in the field of structural vibrations and acoustics as well as modeling and simulation technology.  He was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2018. He is also Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.  Dr. Lim was recognized with the Thomas French Alumni Achievement Award in 2010, the GearLab Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2017, and the Distinguished Alumni Award for Academic Excellence in 2019 from his alma mater, The Ohio State University.

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Tim Sullivan

President & CEO

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)

Tim Sullivan became Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) in February 2018. The NJEDA serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth and is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy.

During his tenure, Tim has led the NJEDA’s transformation into a comprehensive economic development organization dedicated to implementing Governor Phil Murphy’s vision for a stronger and fairer New Jersey. Tim has overseen the creation of new programs focused on catalyzing industry clusters and a dedicated Small Business Services unit charged with providing robust financial, workforce, and technical support to the State’s small business community, with a focus on historically underrepresented firms.

Under his leadership, the NJEDA has led the development and implementation of more than 15 programs created under the Economic Recovery Act of 2020, provided more than $700 million in COVID-19 relief to small businesses impacted by the pandemic, facilitated the construction of the NJ Wind Port and growth of a robust offshore wind industry in New Jersey, collaborated with partners in the private sector to grow New Jersey’s innovation ecosystem, and helped municipalities revitalize brownfields and other underused spaces into valuable community assets.

Tim most recently served as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), where he oversaw State tourism and branding, brownfield redevelopment, transit-oriented development, and waterfront initiatives. Tim joined the DECD in January 2014 and became Deputy Commissioner the next year.

Tim previously served as Chief of Staff to the New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, focusing on transportation and transit-oriented development, brownfield redevelopment, waterfront and maritime/port redevelopment, public and affordable housing policy, small business support, infrastructure finance, and public/private partnerships.

Prior to joining city government in 2010, Tim worked at Barclays Capital as Chief of Staff to the Head of Global Investment Banking. He began his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers in 2003 as a healthcare banker, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions for leading companies in the managed care, biotechnology, and healthcare services sectors.

Tim is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Angelo J. Genova, Co-Founder,Chairman of the Firm, is a multi-faceted law professional with extensive experience in complex business and employment litigation, appellate advocacy, labor and employment law, government contracts, procurement, campaign finance, and political and election law. As a renowned trial lawyer, Mr. Genova appears regularly in front of courts of all types at the New Jersey, regional and federal levels, including numerous appearances before the New Jersey Supreme Court. For decades, he has provided precedent-setting legal representation that has reached all levels of the state and federal legal landscape.

Mr. Genova is no stranger to the media, both mainstream and within the legal industry. His media acknowledgements and accolades include:

  • PolitickerNJ has consistently named Mr. Genova to its annual Power List, calling him one of the “deadliest courtroom lawyers in the State.” He brings to the table the “most fearsome preparation of any other attorney” and, stating further, “Here’s a nightmare scenario, sitting on a witness stand with this guy coming around the corner of a table and bearing down on you with his first question.”
  • Insider NJ described Mr. Genova as “The attorney for New Jersey’s political stars….the Genova Burns heavyweight is the last guy you want to come face to face with across an imitation wood paneled docket on Judgment Day.”
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers has identified Mr. Genova in its peer-selected, statewide rankings as the Top Vote Getter (2008, 2010), the Second Highest Vote Getter (2015, 2016) and the Third Highest Vote Getter (2011, 2017). Mr. Genova has been ranked in the Top 10 and/or Top 100 “Super Lawyers®” listings every year since 2005.
  • Since 1987, Mr. Genova has been ranked as stellar by Best Lawyers in Business & Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment Law.
  • He holds the highest rating of AV® from Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers has named Mr. Genova as a leading lawyer for Business Litigation and Labor & Employment Law.
  • Human Resources Executive Magazine has named Mr. Genova as one of the country’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys.
  • Law Dragon® has ranked Mr. Genova in its Top 20 for Traditional Labor & Employment Law.
  • Law Dragon® has ranked Mr. Genova in its Top 500 Leading Corporate Employment Lawyers.

As a litigator, Mr. Genova subscribes to the basic legal tenet that lawyers must know their case inside and out. In his mind, there is no substitute for preparation, attention to detail, and an uncompromising commitment to advancing the client’s interests. He sees his role as a “counselor” and problem solver, embracing the lawyer’s responsibility to educate clients about their legal rights, responsibilities and vulnerabilities, while assisting them in developing a clear path towards defined legal outcomes. Mr. Genova considers his principal skill as “effective advocacy,” defining it as the ability to marshal facts quickly, distill them to their core elements, and apply legal principles and strategies to achieve optimal outcomes for clients.

Countless business disputes, civil litigation matters, and complex commercial controversies involving family members, partners, shareholders, vendors, contractors and executives have benefitted form Mr. Genova’s expertise. He has served as lead or co-counsel at every stage of litigation from the pleading phase, discovery, and depositions, through motion practice, trial and appeal.

Mr. Genova’s experience in election and political law spans more than 30 years. He has represented candidates for every level of government, including those running for city council, county executive, mayor, state legislature, Governor, member of the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate, and President of the United States. He has also advised a large number of local, state and national political parties. He has also successfully represented clients in matters involving all aspects of election law and campaign finance, including ballot questions, vote-by-mail disputes, voter eligibility, election recounts, rechecks and post-election challenges. This includes matters falling under the Voting Rights Act, Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), and New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJELEC).

It is said that if it happens in the workplace, Angelo Genova has the experience to address the employer’s issue across an array of industries. He has 30 years of experience in collective bargaining, traditional labor law, employment litigation, EEO, Title VII, OSHA, FLSA (wage & hour), prevailing wage laws, project labor agreement negotiation, and the defense of individual and class action claims. Mr. Genova has negotiated precedent-setting collective bargaining agreements with public workers in New Jersey, including those involving difficult issues like employee contributions for healthcare costs.

Mr. Genova has also served as General Counsel to the New Jersey Democratic Party for 25 years. He is a former Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (2003 – 2007), former Chairman of the New Jersey Urban Development Corporation (1991 – 1992), and served as General Counsel to the Transition Team for former New Jersey Governor James J. Florio in 1989.

Genova Burns
494 Broad Street
Newark, NJ  07102
 
 
P: 973.533.0777
F: 973.814.4045

Ras J. Baraka is the 40th Mayor of the City of Newark.


A native of Newark, whose family has lived in the City for more than 80 years, Mayor Baraka’s progressive approach to governing has won him accolades from grassroots organizations to the White House. With a forward-thinking agenda that reduced crime to its lowest levels in six decades, addressed affordability while maintaining steady growth, lowered unemployment, returned local control of schools after more than two decades, and replaced all 23,000 known lead service lines in less than three years at no cost to residents, Baraka has defied expectations since taking office in 2014. 


Mayor Baraka’s futurist agenda has included the implementation of a groundbreaking partnership called Hire. Buy. Live. Newark, a program that marks the first time that any US city has sought to transform its economy by combining employment, procurement, and residential strategies.


As part of his commitment to strengthen Newark’s position in the expanded technology space, the City launched LinkNWK (pronounced Link Newark). This communications network of sidewalk kiosks provides Newark residents and visitors with free, gigabit Wi-Fi, mobile device charging, phone calls to anywhere in the U.S., access to municipal services, maps and directions, and real-time local information on city streets at no cost to taxpayers or users. Additionally, broadband and Wi-Fi have been extended to city parks and recreation centers, and the City seeks to ensure that every resident has access to free or very low-cost broadband to bridge the digital divide.


Mayor Baraka is recognized nationally as a thought leader in the space of urban revitalization, and his commitment to reducing crime in Newark, reimagining public safety, tackling the city’s housing crisis, and developing innovative and community-driven approaches to eliminating income inequality has solidified his status as one of the country’s most progressive elected officials.


While serving as the Mayor of Newark, he also presides as the President of NJ Urban Mayors Association; Executive Board Member for NJ League of Municipalities; Co-Chair, National League of Cities Reimagining Public Safety Task Force; U.S. Conference of Mayors- Vice Chair for Ports, Transportation and Communications Committee; and Member, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee.


Mayor Baraka was educated in the Newark Public Schools. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a Master’s Degree in Education Supervision from St. Peter’s University in Jersey City. His father, the late Amiri Baraka, was a legendary poet and playwright. His mother, Amina Baraka, is herself a renowned poet. Doting husband and father, Mayor Baraka is a published author who recently released the audible memoir “The Book of Baraka” and is well-regarded in the entertainment industry for his appearance on the Grammy-award winning album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” in his authentic role as an educator, and for his EP “What We Want.” 

CONTACT INFORMATION
City Hall
920 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

https://www.newarknj.gov/city-mayor

LaMonica McIver is a compassionate leader and committed public servant.

Born and raised in the Central Ward, LaMonica McIver is a public educator, a mother, and wife who has spent her life working in her community as a dedicated public servant. She is the Founder of Newark G.A.L.S., Inc. and founding Trustee of The Believe In Newark Foundation. She attended Warren Street School and graduated from Morton Street School to go on to attend Central High School, where she graduated as an Pre-Engineering Student in 2004. LaMonica has spent her life working in her community and being a dedicated public servant. Growing up in New Hope Village in City’s Central Ward, LaMonica had a passion to inspire and help people within her community. LaMonica started working in politics at the age of 13. Organizing youth groups to encourage others the importance of getting out to vote.

After earning an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Bloomfield College and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from Seton Hall University, she began her career as a School Leader, Educator, and HR Professional at a host of diverse public school districts.


LaMonica started Newark G.A.L.S., Inc. 2012. After growing up and serving in the Newark community, the passion to help young women became an essential mission of hers. Her hope was to give back to young girls in the community that gave to her.


Newark Gals is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the next generation of women from Newark. Through her leadership Newark Gals has empowered over 3000 girls at their annual girls conference they have hosted in the last 4 years at Central High School in the Central Ward, provided enrichment camps for girls over the summer, and helped launch and open the City’s first Center of Hope for Women and Girls in the Central Ward. Now as a partner with Newark Public Schools she continues to lead the organization by creating effective programs for High School Girls at the Marion Bolden Student Center.


In addition, LaMonica is very proud of the accomplishments of the Believe In Newark Foundation in which she helped found in 2014. The Believe in Newark Foundation is a non- profit organization that serves as a vehicle to provide resources, technical assistance and foster greater giving to support the nonprofit community and the residents of the City of Newark. Under LaMonica’s leadership the Believe in Newark Foundation has provided thousands of resources to the residents of Newark. Resources such as funding for small organizations, turkeys and food baskets to residents, programs and activities for seniors, toys for children during the holidays, and scholarships for Newark High School Seniors.


LaMonica’s mission remains unchanged: fighting for the quality of life for all residents of the Central Ward. Since finding the love of her community at age 11, she has not stopped serving the community. She serves in whatever capacity needed to help those of our City.


In 2018, LaMonica was elected as Council Member of the Central Ward. She is the youngest woman and Council Member to serve on the Newark Municipal Council. In 2022, LaMonica was appointted at the Council President of the Newark Municpal Council. The youngest to ever hold this post in the City of Newark. It’s the privilege of LaMonica’s life to work on behalf of ALL the people of the Central Ward. She’s lives in the Central Ward with her husband and daughter.

LaMonica R. McIver
Council President
Council Member, Central Ward
City of Newark
(973) 733-5870-Office

 

https://www.newarknj.gov/council-members

 

www.LaMonicaMcIver.com

 

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About The Governor

Honorable Phil Murphy
Governor
New Jersey

Phil Murphy, as he says, “grew up in a family that was middle class on a good day.” That has shaped Phil’s values, his priorities, and the kind of governor he will be.

Religion, basic values, work ethic, education, and civic awareness were pillars of family life. His father never graduated from high school, his mother worked as a secretary; they inspired Phil and his three siblings to pursue their educations and be active participants in civic life.

Phil put himself through Harvard on loans and part-time jobs. After earning a graduate degree at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he started his career at the bottom, working his way up to help lead a major international business by learning how economies grow and create jobs.

Phil has helped lead local charities to support troubled teens and domestic abuse survivors, and these groups have changed thousands of lives for the better. Nationally, Phil served proudly as New Jersey’s sole representative on the board of the NAACP, the world’s oldest civil rights organization. He served as Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee, helping Howard Dean on the “Fifty-State Strategy” that rebuilt the Democratic Party from the grassroots up; that effort helped return Congress to Democratic hands in 2006 and elect President Barack Obama in 2008. Phil also has led national and state task forces on education and public employee pensions and benefits.

In 2009, Phil answered President Obama’s call to service and became the U.S. Ambassador to Germany after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. After returning home in 2013, Phil and his wife, Tammy, saw our state falling behind. They couldn’t sit by and watch hard working families struggling to stay even, much less get ahead. They founded New Start New Jersey as a “think and do” organization to rebuild the state’s economy from the middle class out — New Start New Jersey partnered with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University to create the New Start Career Network, which is helping older, long-term unemployed residents once again actively compete for good jobs.

As governor, Phil will make New Jersey more fair and just for all residents. His vision would grow the middle class and jumpstart the state’s economy by targeting investments in people and infrastructure, reclaiming New Jersey’s mantle as a center of the STEM and innovation economies, protecting working families by raising the minimum wage and expanding earned sick leave for all, and protecting the middle class with real tax fairness.

Phil and Tammy live in Monmouth County and are the parents of Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam.

Key Initiatives in Newark & Across New Jersey

Economy & Jobs

Governor Murphy’s primary focus is building a stronger and fairer economy that works for every New Jersey family. Since the recession, incomes have been stagnant while costs of living continue to rise, making it difficult for middle-class and working-class families to get by, much less get ahead. Governor Murphy believes in strengthening our economy by reigniting the innovation economy that made New Jersey the Silicon Valley before there was a Silicon Valley, and investing in infrastructure to take advantage of our location between two major markets. He is committed to making New Jersey’s economy fairer by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, expanding protections for workers such as paid sick leave, and providing tax relief to working families. Governor Murphy will also institute a renewed focus on workforce development, vocational training, and apprenticeship programs so that workers will have the skills they need to meet employers’ requirements.

Education

Our state’s economic future depends on giving our children the education they need to succeed in a 21st-century economy where they will be competing with workers around the globe. While New Jersey is blessed with some of the best public schools and educators in the nation, significant disparities exist within our educational system. Governor Murphy is committed to fully funding the existing school funding formula, which was held up as a national model when passed, and opposes the unnecessary usage of standardized tests, particularly as graduation requirements. And money should never be a barrier to students who have the ability and drive to go to college, which is why he will work towards making community college free and four-year college more affordable.

Environment

Governor Murphy recognizes that climate change is a fact and an existential threat to our state and that the effects are already being felt along our shoreline. While this is a crisis to be addressed, it is also an opportunity to build a clean energy economy with good-paying green jobs. Governor Murphy will seize this opportunity by restoring New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and putting New Jersey on a road to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. He will accelerate the development of renewable energy sources by promoting solar energy and jumpstarting our offshore wind industry, where New Jersey should be a national leader given its location. In addition, he will ensure that our environmental efforts are appropriately focused on low-income communities who are disproportionately impacted by pollution, and protect the quality of our air and water supply.

Health

Governor Murphy believes that health care is a right, not a privilege, and will work to ensure that all New Jerseyans have access to affordable health care. The Affordable Care Act was a huge step in the right direction and reduced the uninsured population in the state by hundreds of thousands, and Governor Murphy will defend it against all attacks in Washington. He will fight back against any attempts to slash Medicaid funding or end the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which are crucial to many New Jerseyans. And Governor Murphy is committed to taking action at the state level to make health care more affordable and accessible.

Law & Justice

New Jersey has the shameful distinction of having the largest black-white incarceration gap of any state in the country. Governor Murphy will address this problem by bringing law enforcement and the community together, as he did when he brokered the first meeting between the head of the state PBA and the state chapter of the NAACP. He will end mass incarceration by pursuing the legalization of marijuana and comprehensively reviewing all criminal sentencing laws. Governor Murphy will also ensure that all of our communities are safe. That includes defending our immigrant communities that are being targeted by the federal government by ensuring that all New Jersey residents facing detention or deportation have access to legal representation. And he will also sign common-sense gun safety measures in order to stem the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our state.

Transportation

One of New Jersey’s greatest assets is its location, with access to two of the largest markets in the world. However, our state has squandered this advantage due to a failure to make the necessary investments in its infrastructure. The two current rail tunnels under the Hudson River are over 100 years old and rapidly deteriorating. After the termination of the Access to the Region’s Core project, which would have resulted in the opening of two new tunnels this year, Governor Murphy understands that the replacement Gateway Project is essential and will do everything possible to support it. Additionally, NJTransit has suffered from severe underfunding and mismanagement, which has seen fares soar while the quality of service and safety has declined sharply. Governor Murphy is committed to turning NJTransit around by ensuring that funding is adequate, improving customer service, and putting transportation experts in charge.

Kerri B. Levine


Kerri Berson Levine is a Vice President at The Fidelco Realty Group and a dedicated

philanthropist.  Kerri devotes her professional efforts to improving and restoring a wide-range of

properties in urban areas throughout the tri-state area, including her family’s birthplace and the

center of her civic and philanthropic endeavors, Newark, N.J. She has contributed to Fidelco’s

success, developing distinct locations in overlooked inner-city neighborhoods and spearheading

the business’s commercial leasing, restaurant, marketing, and media initiatives. Kerri has helped

secure many noteworthy tenants, including Melba’s, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hudson Union

and Essex County, Chipotle, Krauszers, FastSigns, Redd’s Beirgarten, PureBarre, Leadership

Newark to name a few.


Most recently, Kerri has been focused on the renovation of the historic, Fidelco-owned 550

Broad Street building in Newark. Charged with identifying young, tech-industry tenants and

tenants representing the diverse community, Kerri is helping Fidelco bring a new vibe to the

North End. Kerri also forged a relationship with Melba Wilson, the world-famous restauranteur,

who will be opening a new restaurant – Melba’s 550 – in the 550 Broad location. 550 Broad

Street will soon be a business hub and restaurant destination for the neighborhood.

Additionally, Kerri is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo

& Zoological Society of New Jersey, where she is committed to enriching the zoo’s recreational

experience and fostering excellence in wildlife education and wildlife conservation.  Kerri

partnered with Essex County to develop the zoo’s first Annual Miniature Golf Classic. She also

serves as a trustee and treasurer of Opportunity Project Inc., a not-for-profit organization helping

to rehabilitate and empower individuals living with brain injuries. 


Kerri is co-founder of GIRLTALK #takeover, a daylong event for inner-city females ages 8-16

that focuses on beauty, community exposure, and female health and wellness. She also sits on the

NJPAC Women’s Board; is a trustee emeritus of Newark Downtown Development District; and

serves on the advisory board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hudson and Essex. Kerri’s passion

for her work at Fidelco is matched by her support of some of New Jersey’s key institutions,

including Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center,

GlassRoots, and Newark Yoga Movement.


Kerri received her degree from New York University in Manhattan, where she currently serves

on the CAS Dean’s Advisory Council.

494 Broad Street

798 Frelinghuysen Ave

550 Broad Street

1029 Newark Ave (Elizabeth, NJ)

164 Dayton St. (Lionsgate Newark)

1 Washington Place

And others…

Jack Klugmann
PRESIDENT & CEO

 

When founding Accurate back in 2008, Jack Klugmann set out to build a company that would become a standard bearer for quality construction.

 

Jack built the company slowly and methodically, with a strategic vision for consistently exceeding clients’ expectations. In addition to Jack’s innate business acumen, his passion for uncompromising excellence has been the key to Accurate’s quick rise to the top.

 

Banks and lending institutions were quick to recognize Jack’s strategic vision and expertise in delivering successful projects on time and on budget. The level of trust and confidence he has earned amongst some of the most prestigious financial institutions has played a key role in Accurate’s continued robust growth. Jack’s can-do attitude, along with years of accumulated expertise in the ins-and-outs of the construction arena, provide the dynamics for Accurate’s dominance across all real estate sectors. His combined expertise is the single most valuable asset in the company’s outstanding performance in every facet of executing its diverse projects.

The passion for excellence that Jack instilled into the myriad components that comprise Accurate continues to drive the company in its operations, goals, benchmarks, and expansion to an ever-growing, satisfied client base.

450 BROAD STREET NEWARK, NJ 07102

 

FORMER BEARS STADIUM GROUNDS


12 ACRES OF TRANSFORMATION


https://citisquarenewark.com/

KATHY ANDERSON
FOUNDING PARTNER – PROGRESS CAPITAL


Kathy Anderson is the Founding Partner of Progress Capital, a commercial real estate mortgage
advisory firm specializing in arranging debt for commercial real estate owners and developers
of mixed-use, multi-family, construction, industrial, retail, office and self-storage properties.


Kathy has more than 25 years of banking and finance lending experience. She is experienced in
structuring the entire capital stack including senior, mezz and equity and works regularly with
regional/national banks, agency lenders, insurance companies, debt funds and investment banking
firms.


Since 1990, Progress Capital has closed in excess of $40 Billion in commercial loans and over
$200 Million of directly funded bridge loans.


Kathy also served on the Board of Directors at Regal Bank for over 12 years, has been retained
as an expert legal witness in commercial real estate litigation and is frequently featured as a
speaker at industry conferences.

Bernel Hall

President & Chief Executive Officer

Over the past 25 years, Bernel Hall has executed over $5 billion in real estate investment, lending, and disposition transactions for multifamily, retail, office, and hotel properties in 36 states throughout the US. A former investment banker, public housing executive, and real estate finance professor, Mr. Hall is an expert in large, multi-faceted public-private real estate transactions, small business transactions and executive leadership.

As New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC) President and CEO, Mr. Hall leads the largest Community Development Financial Institution in New Jersey with four business lines–Lending, Real Estate Development, Investment Ventures and Strategic Community Consulting–with approximately $700 million in assets under management. Loans and investments leveraged over $2.5 billion in capital to more than 120,000 business owners and residents in underserved and low-income communities in New Jersey, New York, and Florida. Additionally, Mr. Hall leads Community Asset Preservation Corporation (CAPC), a wholly owned subsidiary of NJCC, and the largest affordable housing development company in New Jersey with more than 600 units of housing and 500,000 square feet of commercial assets. CAPC’s capabilities include real estate development, property management, asset management, mortgage acquisition, and mortgage modification services in New Jersey, New York, and Florida.

As President and CEO of Invest Newark, he established a proven track record of transformative leadership that resulted in wealth creation for underserved communities throughout New Jersey’s largest City. In partnership with his Board of Directors and Staff, Mr. Hall transformed Invest Newark into New Jersey’s premier economic development vehicle featuring the state’s only land bank, a municipally sponsored fiber optic company, an employee-owned industrial company, and an infrastructure investment fund.

As CEO of Halltown Real Estate Advisors, Mr. Hall served as real estate investment advisor to some of the largest housing authorities in the country. As part of his tenure with the Atlanta Housing Authority (“AHA”), Mr. Hall established an $100 million co-investment vehicle between AHA, HUD, and the Atlanta Economic Development Authority (“Invest Atlanta”). During his tenure with the New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”), and oversaw the execution of over $1.5 billion in real estate disposition, development, and joint venture transactions. Previously, Mr. Hall worked in Goldman Sachs’ Urban Investment Group where he was responsible for sourcing and evaluating urban-based multifamily, retail, and mixed-use real estate private equity investments. Prior to his work at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Hall executed $785 million in real estate acquisitions, loans, and joint ventures transactions for UBS Investment Bank. Mr. Hall began his career with Bank of America in the firm’s Construction Lending and Real Estate Investment Banking Groups.

Mr. Hall is a licensed Uniform Investment Advisor (Series 7, 65) and possesses a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina State University and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He sits on the community development and new market tax credit advisory boards of PNC Financial and Goldman Sachs, respectively. He also holds a certification from the National Association of Corporate Directors.

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Wasseem Boraie
Principal
Boraie Development

 

Wasseem Boraie is the current Principal at Boraie Development, a New Jersey based real estate developer. Waseem Boraie works alongside his father Omar Boraie, and his brother Sam Boraie.

 

Together they have led Boraie Development for 35 years, helping rebuild urban locations throughout New Jersey including New Brunswick, Atlantic City, and Newark.

Projects in Jersey City Include

 New Jersey City University

 

University Place at NJCU
$400 million plan comprises retail, residential and commercial projects that will generate new ratables for Jersey City, a University residence hall to accommodate more residential students, a new Center for Music, Dance and Theater, outdoor performance space and a future rubber-tire trolley along West Side Avenue connecting the community to the nearby Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station.

NJCU Performing Arts Center/School for Music, Dance & Theater/Joffrey Ballet School/Residential Tower

Ron Beit

Founding partner & CEO

RBH Group

Ron Beit is the founding partner and CEO of RBH Group, LLC, president of RBH Management, LLC, asset and property management companies; as well as managing member of RBH-TRB Newark Holdings, LLC. Ron has acquired, developed, rehabilitated, and/or operated over 1 million square feet of existing commercial and residential real estate in numerous projects throughout the U.S. as well as over 6 million additional developable square feet in institutional-grade sites throughout downtown, Newark, NJ. 

Ron’s professional passion is in Newark, where he has been an active participant in helping the city become New Jersey’s business and entertainment capital and a downtown 24 hour, 7-day-a-week attraction. RBH Group boasts over 79 parcels that were acquired through 30 separate transactions in Newark’s downtown core. e company’s e orts there to date have been in land assemblage and land entitlement in order to create a large-scale platform for institutional-grade development. RBH is currently developing the groundbreaking Teachers Village project and the Four Corners Millennium project in the historic core of the city, as well as Makers Village in the Ironbound.

Ron is on the New Jersey Committee of the Regional Plan Association and is co-chairman of the board of the New Jersey chapter of Teach for America. He is also a board member of the Newark Alliance, St. Benedict’s Preparatory, Integrity House and the and the Greater Newark Convention and Visitor Bureau. Ron is also an active participant and contributor to several other charities.

Ron and his real estate work in Newark have been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, as well as in the Stoler Report and Sundance Channel’s Brick City television programs. Ron was named in New Jersey Biz’s 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Power 50 in Real Estate and was featured on the “New Jersey Capitol Report” in August 2012. Ron was also awarded the “Partners in Progress Award” at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (Barnabas Health) in April 2012, and the Newark Regional Business Partnership’s Kevin J. McKenna Leadership Award for 2014. He received the Medal of St. Benedict’s Award for 2015, Chamber Award 2015, AFL-CIO Award.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, his Juris Doctorate at New York Law School, and has been admitted to both the New York and New Jersey Bar Associations. 

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Adenah Bayoh
Founder & CEO
Adenah Bayoh and Companies

Adenah Bayoh embodies the American dream. At age 13, she escaped the civil war in her native country of Liberia, immigrated to the United States and is now one of the most successful entrepreneurs in her home state of New Jersey. Adenah is the founder and CEO of Adenah Bayoh and Companies, which is the parent corporation that owns IHOP franchises in Paterson and Irvington, New Jersey and a real estate development portfolio with over $225 million dollars in urban redevelopment projects. Because of the success of her flagship IHOP in Irvington, she is the second largest employer in the Township. Next year, Adenah will launch Cornbread, her signature line of fast casual, farm-to-table, soul food restaurants.

Adenah began her career as an entrepreneur at an early age. After attending a public high school in Newark, New Jersey and putting herself through college, she secured a job in banking and began purchasing multifamily homes as investments. Following the financial success of these investments, she left her banking position to concentrate on building her own businesses focused on transforming and empowering disadvantaged communities.

Inspired by her grandmother, who owned a restaurant in Liberia, Adenah decided to use the profits generated from her real estate investments to open an IHOP in Irvington, New Jersey. After overcoming financial challenges and a learning curve, she cut the ribbon on her first location in 2008 at age 27, making her one of the youngest IHOP franchisees in the country. In 2010, her location was the fastest-growing in the Northeast, and it remains one of the top grossing in the region. Adenah continues to build on her success; in January 2015, she was appointed to the prestigious Federal Reserve Bank of New York Advisory Council on Small Business and Agriculture. In December 2015, she was named to Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list alongside such luminaries as U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch; Robin Washington, the CFO of pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences; and Oscar winning actress Viola Davis.

On June 22, 2015, she proudly cut the ribbon on her second IHOP in Paterson, New Jersey. Located in the Center City Mall, IHOP Paterson will generate 120 jobs.

After expanding her real estate holdings with the acquisition of larger sites, she decided to take the bold step of transitioning from buying, selling and renting properties to full-scale real estate development. In 2012, she partnered with two other developers to purchase the former Irvington General Hospital site, which had been vacant for nearly a decade, and transform it into an unprecedented $200 million dollar residential and retail community. Additionally, she is in pre-development on the construction of another urban renewal project that will provide 40 residential units in Irvington.

Adenah is also philanthropically involved in the communities where she does business. At IHOP Irvington, she runs a free breakfast program for children under 12, and she hosts dinners for needy families during the holidays. In addition, she allows local nonprofit organizations to hold charitable events at both IHOP locations. Adenah’s accomplishments have not gone unrecognized. She is a sought-after speaker by business, professional, and community organizations; universities; and women’s associations. Moreover, in March 2014, she was honored as one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the publication NJBIZ and was the cover story in its March 24th issue.

Adenah is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where she earned a degree in Business Management. Despite her numerous successes, her proudest achievement is being a mother to her two young children.

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Ashley Mays

she/her

Chief of Place and Real Estate

Newark Alliance


Ashley Mays has served as Chief of Place and Real Estate at Newark Alliance since September 2022, where she is responsible for catalyzing investment and development opportunities in Newark, with a particular focus on the Halsey Street corridor. Mays leads placemaking initiatives with the goal of creating inclusive economic growth and wealth creation. Her passions center on equitable development and leveraging the built environment to support resilient and sustainable communities. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, most recently as Senior Vice President and Head of Leasing of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. At the Yard, Mays was responsible for the oversight of leasing transactional work and top-line performance through the curation of the business ecosystem of advanced manufacturing, tech, and creative companies. Additionally, she developed and executed the organization’s strategies around equitable and inclusive growth, marketing, and amenitization. 


Prior to the Yard, Mays held positions as Managing Director, Commercial Leasing, for The Durst Organization, where she supported the firm’s new developments in Queens and Philadelphia, and as Vice President, Leasing, for SL Green Realty Corp, overseeing a 7M square foot office portfolio. She is also an advocate for increasing diversity in commercial real estate, and serves as Vice Chair of the Student Support Sub-Committee on the board of UVA’s Center for Real Estate and the Built Environment. Mays holds an MS in Commerce from McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

Newark Alliance

60 Park Place, Suite 604

Newark, NJ 07102

Tel: (973) 596-6400

https://www.newark-alliance.org/

Francis J. Giantomasi is a member of the firm’s Real Estate, Development & Land Use Group. He has over four decades of experience in all aspects of real estate acquisitions, sales, development, complex commercial transactions and Chancery litigation, and has successfully argued before the New Jersey Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Frank is recognized as a leader in planning, zoning, and development law including tax abatement law for the City of Newark and urban areas. He has served as Chief Development Counsel for some of the region’s major real estate projects, including the planning and development of Prudential Insurance Company’s Newark Headquarters.

In 2017, Frank was named to New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s Transition Team – Transition Counsel Committee.

Frank received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. He served as a law clerk to Essex County’s Assignment Judge, Arthur J. Blake. Prior to joining the firm, Frank maintained the law firm of Giantomasi & Oliveira for over 20 years and spent four years at Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster.

He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Linda C. Harrison

Director and CEO

As the leader of The Newark Museum of Art, a large, complex, urban museum campus, Linda plays a strategic and unifying role for the organization and the city of Newark. She communicates the work and mission of the organization and works with the Board, staff, and community to identify and implement priorities and tactics to further the Museum’s goals. During her first 100 days, Linda developed a 3-year Strategic Vision Plan to transform the museum, adding a sense of urgency and a bold vision. Her plan expanded the notion of a logo upgrade into a major brand transformation, involving a re-engineering of the mission, brand image, and adding the clarifying words ‘of Art’ to the museum’s name. Linda has established a new Senior Leadership Team and revamped the organization for more engaging community impact. The new Vision incorporates five critical paths to be worked on simultaneously; Improving Financial Stability, Investing in Digital Future, Developing Right Infrastructure, Leveraging and Enhancing the Brand, and Investing in Right Programming.

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George Tenedios

Founder & CEO

Having grown up in the restaurant business working at his father’s NYC classic, Cafe Metro- George was inspired by the nature of the QSR model, and what Cafe Metro was at the time, and sought out to curate a healthy fast casual brand. The Idea to offer a new healthier spin and fresh perspective on the already successful family fast casual business model was the seed for fresh&co in 2010 after George graduated with a degree in Hotel Restaurant and Tourism management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Today, fresh&co operates 12 corporate locations, and 4 franchise locations between Florida, New Jersey, and Connecticut- with another 18 under development. Under George’s umbrella of concepts, he recently created a new QSR brand called The Gyro Project, in Fort Lee NJ, with plans to expand in NY/NJ in 2024.

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Joseph Alpert

Founder and Principal

The Alpert Group is a fourth-generation family owned full-service real estate development and property management company based in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Over its 50 year history, The Alpert Group has remained committed to providing the highest quality housing that enhances the surrounding neighborhood and meets community needs. Joseph Alpert, President of The Alpert Group, is directly responsible for all of the company’s housing development and management activities. Mr. Alpert takes a very active, hands-on role in all phases of property development and operations including predevelopment, construction, marketing and lease-up, oversight of property management, and asset management.

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Adam Pasternack

President-Property Management

Adam Pasternack joined Russo Development in late 2009 and is responsible for the property management and leasing activities of the company’s three million square feet of existing commercial properties and 4,000-unit residential portfolio in the NY Metro area. Adam has over 20 years of real estate management, leasing, sales, and investment experience.

Adam’s focus is on the day-to-day operations of the company’s multifamily portfolio including leasing, marketing, and maintenance. Adam also plays a key role in the development of new communities, providing financial, design and operations guidance in the underwriting, planning, design and construction stages of Russo’s new projects.

Adam came to Russo from First Industrial Realty Trust where he was a Senior Investment Analyst in their Net Lease Investment group. Prior to joining First Industrial, Adam garnered extensive experience in the New Jersey commercial real estate market as a leasing and sales broker for CB Richard Ellis and Colliers Houston & Co. His expertise included lease negotiation, financial analysis, and the acquisition and disposition of space on behalf of landlords and tenants, with nearly 3.5 million square feet of leasing and sales transactions behind him.

Adam is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. He has pursued additional graduate studies in Real Estate at New York University and Monmouth University. Adam currently sits on the Executive Committees of NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) and IOREBA (Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association). Adam is active in community programs including coaching youth baseball and basketball.

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Duncan Turner

GENERAL PARTNER

SOSV & MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAX

Duncan is a General Partner at SOSV, and the Global Managing Director of HAX, the world’s first and largest VC-backed program for hard tech. He has invested in over 100 hard tech companies and serves on multiple boards in the climate, industrial and healthcare sectors.

Duncan has an extensive entrepreneurial background and deep experience fundraising and growing businesses across the globe. He has taken numerous technologies to market in various industries. Before joining SOSV, he led design and engineering strategy projects for Fortune 500 companies at the global innovation firm IDEO.

Duncan obtained his Master’s from the Royal College of Art & Imperial College. His design and engineering work has won multiple awards and is included in the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art. He has a deep passion for new technologies and engineering breakthroughs that can benefit our planet.

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Brian Murray


Co-Founder & CEO


Brian Murray is the co-founder of Shift Capital, an impact urban real estate group driving mission-oriented capital, collaborative resources and inclusive strategies into underserved communities. Through his work at Shift, Brian is focused on finding better solutions at the intersection of society’s most difficult urban challenges – intergenerational poverty, urban revitalization, access to opportunity, and community displacement. 

 

Brian spent the majority of his career outside of the real estate space, starting his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor. He moved into the technology space where he helped found two start-ups, before joining the Peace Corps and heading back to get his MBA. While in graduate school, Brian observed the growing interest in impact investing – investing with a purpose. It was at this time he made his first real estate investment and discovered the importance of socially-minded development. He hasn’t looked back since.

 

Brian is a graduate of The College of New Jersey and received his MBA from Yale School of Management. He is the co-founder of Arete Youth Foundation, focused on youth development in the Roma communities of Bulgaria. He has two daughters that keep him young at heart and on his toes.

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Jonathan Schultz

Co-­Founder and Managing Principal

Jon Schultz is Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Onyx Equities, LLC. Since its founding in 2004 with partner John Saraceno, Jr., Onyx has become one of the most diversified and active real estate investment, management, development, and property service organizations in the New York metro market.

Jon leads investor capital-raising initiatives for the Onyx Phalanx Funds, as well as strategic planning, real estate technology development, and overall investment strategy for Onyx. Jon, as a real estate and CRE technology investor, has combined his passions for both real estate and technology. Through Jon’s vision and creativity, Onyx has embraced innovations that few other real estate companies have adopted, transforming nearly every aspect of the company’s operations.

A serial blogger and authentic public speaker, Jon has helped foster a new culture of tech savviness and awareness in commercial real estate. Sharing his thoughts and experiences in everything from mentorship to real estate technologies, his weekly blogs, and often outspoken social media feed, have landed him on numerous “Top Influencer” lists in both the real estate and CRE tech spaces.

Jon is a graduate of Syracuse University. He is board member of the Big Apple Chapter of YPO, the premiere network of chief executives and business leaders, and is a founding board member of the “Award of Courage” foundation. In this role, he raised significant funds for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and is a past recipient of their Humanitarian Award. His philanthropic efforts are now a significant part of his professional and personal life. Jonathan is also a member and Treasurer of the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, which serves the Hackensack Meridian Health Network. Jon has sat on boards of both publicly traded and private companies in the technology arena and is also a proud member of Mindaligned, a collective impact initiative to create arts-engaged schools.

 

30 Montgomery Street

2 Montgomery Street
One Exchange Place

https://www.onyxequities.com/

Melissa Strickland

Principal & Managing Director, NJ

HLW

https://hlw.design

HLW has overseen projects totaling millions of square feet for long-standing clients such as Prudential, Audible, McKinsey & Company and others in Newark.


https://www.hlw.design/hlw-appoints-mstrickland-director-njoffice/

Mr. Camelotto has extensive experience in commercial real estate law, with a focus on acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, development and redevelopment, and real estate financing, particularly in New Jersey and New York. He represents a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to family owned-and-operated real estate development companies. Mr. Camelotto understands that the strategic goals of each client determine the most critical issues in any commercial real estate transaction.

His experience includes representation of sellers and purchasers, landlords and tenants, borrowers and lenders, and developers and stage agencies on a variety of purchase and sale, leasing, finance, and development transactions, including commercial, industrial, retail, multi-family, and mixed-use properties. He has a wealth of experience in drafting and negotiating key real estate documents, including purchase and sale agreements, leases, loan agreements, redevelopment agreements, financial (PILOT) agreements, infrastructure agreements, and easements.

 

AREAS OF FOCUS


Acquisitions and Dispositions
Real Estate Financing
Leasing
Development and Redevelopment

Jennifer Carrillo-Perez

Partner

Jennifer Carrillo-Perez parlays years of real estate experience into innovative solutions and opportunities for a range of developer clients. With a background in land use and zoning, redevelopment, municipal law, and regulatory and government affairs, Jennifer is a sought-after advisor on key development projects as well as related legislative issues.

As part of her practice, Jennifer guides clients in the preparation of preliminary investigations to designate areas in need of rehabilitation and redevelopment. She likewise provides counsel on redevelopment plans and ordinances, and formulates redevelopment agreements. Her work covers complex redevelopment matters, including Green Acres, as well as affordable housing development.

In addition, Jennifer works with governmental entities to identify and secure public financing incentives, payments in lieu of taxes and tax abatements.

With deep ties to the community, Jennifer devotes a substantial amount of time to projects that have a positive impact on New Jersey’s cities. She was recently selected for membership in the Emerging Leaders Council of the Rutgers Center for Real Estate.

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Samer Hanini / Founder & Managing Partner of Hanini Group

 

The Bio:

Samer is co-founder and managing partner of Hanini Group and a professional with expertise in real estate finance, business development and construction management. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and Infrastructure Planning from NJIT and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He has led projects in excess of $750 million in value, primarily concentrating on historic restoration and adaptive reuse endeavors; yet, he has expertise across a diverse range of asset types. He has a proven track record of successfully navigating complex projects from inception through stabilization, ensuring high-quality standards and delivering them on time and within budget.

 

Education:

Master of Business Administration / Columbia Business School 

Master of Arts, Infrastructure Planning / New Jersey Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science, Architecture /  New Jersey Institute of Technology

Hahne Building

Historic Rehab and New Construction Residential, Newark, NJ 

The Brooklyn Grand
New Construction Residential, Brooklyn, NY

Fulton Commons

Historic Brownstones, Newark, NJ

Islay Building

Historic Rehab, Newark, NJ

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Residential New York Style Lofts, Newark, NJ

Hotel Indigo

LEED Platinum Hotel, Newark, NJ

53 University Ave

Luxury Lofts, Newark, NJ

275 Sussex Ave & 33 Maple Ave

KIPP Academy Schools, Newark, NJ

Jon Dario – Chief Executive Officer     Jon Dario is CEO of Newark-based real estate management company Edison Properties.   Edison owns and operates nearly forty parking facilities in the NJ, NY, and Baltimore markets, residential apartment buildings in Manhattan, ground leased properties in New York City, and commercial office buildings in Manhattan and Newark, including the company’s most recent development, Ironside Newark.   Prior to joining Edison, Jon’s career was in the retail and financial services worlds, spending time with several industry leading companies such as Macy’s, Gap, Bank of America, and Travelex.   Jon is the author of four books on leadership, and he has created multiple online management   courses that help learners improve their leadership skills. He serves as an adjunct professor of Retail Marketing at Seton Hall University.


Edison Properties

HQ

110 Edison Place, Newark, NJ

Ironside Newark

Elnardo Webster

Partner

Elnardo Webster focuses his practice in the areas of real estate and regulatory matters, and government affairs. He has represented clients such as the Department of Health, the Casino Control Commission, the Department of Insurance, the Economic Development Authority, the Board of Regulatory Commissioners, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection and Energy, the Army Corp of Engineers before governmental agencies and local and municipal zoning and planning boards.

Elnardo advises health care providers, regulated utilities, insurance companies, developers, and business and entrepreneurial companies. He has been active in Democratic politics, most notably serving as Treasurer and Finance Chairman to Senator Cory Booker’s mayoral campaigns.

Elnardo has served on numerous boards, including Rutgers Board of Overseers, Independent College Funds of New Jersey, Team Walker, St. Peter’s Prep School Board, Cross Roads Theater, and Cathedral Healthcare System. He is also the Co-Founder of Sports Futures, a non-profit organization benefiting inner-city youth.

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Sam Chapin

Managing Director

Sam is responsible for sourcing, structuring and managing LMXD mixed-use developments. He has worked to expand LMXD’s footprint as a national mixed-use developer, leading $500M of development projects in Washington DC, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He also leads the company’s Opportunity Zone equity business, raising over $50M of managed capital. Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and an MBA with distinction from Columbia Business School. He lives in New Rochelle, NY with his wife, two toddlers, and two dogs.

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David Wolfe focuses his practice on representing taxpayers in significant real estate tax matters. He also represents corporate and individual clients in complex civil litigation. He has extensive experience in all types of property tax appeals, including hotel, multi-family, retail, office, industrial properties, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. He frequently counsels clients regarding property tax exemption matters, abatements, and PILOTs. David also routinely performs property tax due diligence and tax projections for institutional clients.

David is proud to have assisted clients in the development and stabilization of several of the transformational projects in New Jersey’s largest two cities, Jersey City and Newark. He represents taxpayers in every county in New Jersey, throughout the North East and significant matters nationally through the firm’s relationship with the National Association of Property Tax Attorneys (NAPTA).

David has obtained billions of dollars of assessment reductions on behalf of his clients, including the following assessment reductions on behalf of his clients:

Reduced hotel assessment from $421 million to $259 million;
Reduced office assessment from $372 million to $264 million;
Reduced hotel assessment from $188 million to $131 million;
Reduced multifamily assessment from $116 million to $67 million;
Reduced nursing home assessment from $36 million to $10.1 million;
Reduced super-regional mall assessment from $21 million to $8 million;
Reduced power center assessment from $21 million to $13 million*
* All assessments rounded to nearest million

David serves on the NAPTA Board and as the Co-Chair of the Real Property Tax Practice Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). Chair of the NJSBA Taxation Section, Mr. Wolfe has been featured or quoted in a wide variety of local and national publications, including Forbes.com, GlobeSt.com, Marketwatch.com, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Law.com, Law360.com, The New York Law Journal, and Commerce Magazine.

He began his career as an associate at the law firm of Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York. While at Davis Polk, he focused his practice on regulatory investigations, securities litigation and banking disputes.

David served as Co-Chair of the ABA’s Diversity & Inclusion 360 Presidential Commission and as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates for several years. As a young lawyer, Mr. Wolfe served as the Chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the ABA’s largest entity with more than 130,000 members.

David received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and graduated from Cornell University with distinction in all subjects.

Allison Ladd
Deputy Mayor & Director,
Economic & Housing Development
City of Newark

https://www.newarknj.gov/members/allison-ladd


Drew Fletcher                                                                                               
President, Greystone Capital Advisors

Drew Fletcher is head of Greystone Capital Advisors where he oversees a team of professionals responsible for arranging creative debt and equity solutions for institutional and private commercial property owners and developers, and provides strategic advisory services for institutions, investors and borrowers. GCA also focuses on large loan mortgage origination across Greystone’s Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, CMBS, Bridge, balance-sheet and special situation lending platforms.

 

Drew has over 20 years of commercial real estate experience, having directly originated and executed on more than $10 billion of financing transactions. Prior to joining Greystone in 2013, Drew was the Chief Financial Officer of Edison Properties LLC, one of the largest private real estate owners in New York City, with a $5 billion diversified portfolio of self-storage, office, multifamily and substantial land holdings throughout the NY Metro Region.


Drew received a B.A. in Economics and Communications from Wake Forest University; an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University; and a Master of Accountancy in Taxation from Rutgers University. He volunteers his time as a guest lecturer at the NYU Real Estate Institute and also is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Urban Land Institute. Drew also was named to the Commercial Observer’s 50 Most Powerful People in Commercial Real Estate Finance in 2018.

 

55 Union, Newark NJ


Essex County Portfolio

Anton Vincent

President

Mars Wrigley North America & Global Ice Cream

Anton serves as President of Mars Wrigley North America, maker of the world’s most beloved treats and snacks. Mars Wrigley is a subsidiary of Mars Incorporated, one of the world’s largest privately held companies whose broad portfolio includes treating and snacking, pet nutrition, veterinary services and food technology. Since joining Mars, Anton has stewarded the acceleration of value creation of one of the world’s largest and most loved consumer brand portfolios that includes iconic brands like M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, ORBIT®, EXTRA® and Skittles®, to name a few. He is passionate about sustainable growth, creating extraordinary consumer connections and developing the next generation of breakthrough leaders.

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Anton holds a BBA in Finance from Sam Houston State University and an MBA in Marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Anton serves on the board of International Paper (IP), a NYSE, Fortune 150 company, and numerous other industry and university boards.

 

Ironside Newark

Mars Wrigley North America Headquarters

 110 Edison Place, Newark, NJ 07302 

CALVIN W. SOUDER 

Calvin Souder is an attorney whose practice entails commercial/residential real estate, tax, general  complex litigation, toxic torts, product liability, fraud and commercial matters, corporate  governance and compliance, and insurance.  

Mr. Souder represents corporations and government entities on a wide variety of complex  corporate transactions and legal matters. In his practice, Mr. Souder helps developers and multi family property owners navigate municipalities in drafting and negotiating redevelopment  agreements, Long Term Tax Exemptions (PILOTS), and tax appeals. Mr. Souder also advises  clients on identifying and pursuing potential funding sources. He also provides clients with  invaluable aid in landlord/tenant and municipal courts. He assists clients in developing strategies  to defend themselves from claims while effectively managing potential statutory and regulatory  pitfalls brought about by litigation and complex transactions. Mr. Souder also aids clients in  developing comprehensive strategic plans and consultation regarding the potential impact of policy  and regulatory changes. In addition, Mr. Souder provides clients with ac