ROI Influencers: Real Estate 2021 — Icons

Marc Berson
Founder and chair
Fidelco Group
Berson and his team at Fidelco Group have become “very comfortable” with the north end of downtown Newark, as he’s renovated or acquired several properties there over the last two decades. Plus, he’s been involved with building cold storage facilities — a big part of the industrial sector.

Omar Boraie
Founder and chairman
Boraie Development
He has turned the day-to-day running of the family business over to his sons and daughter, but you can be sure the self-made man keeps a firm eye on the goings-on — and has no desire to retire.

Peter Cocoziello
Founder and CEO
Advance Realty
His sons are taking on greater responsibilities at the firm, but Cocoziello is still in control. Proof in point: Cocoziello managed to reimagine a retail destination during the COVID-19 pandemic, opening the 450,000-square-foot Shops at Ledgewood Commons. The open-air lifestyle center, at the site of the former Ledgewood Mall in Roxbury Township in Morris County, has transformed the property into a vibrant and magnetic retail destination.

Bob Donnelly
Executive vice chairman
Cushman & Wakefield
A legendary figure in the industry, Donnelly has consistently been one of Cushman & Wakefield’s top-performing office brokers globally, and specializes in major corporate advisory, and tenant and landlord representation assignments.

Carl Goldberg
Founder and managing member
Canoe Brook Management
Goldberg has a long history of political and industrywide activism in New Jersey. He also is known for his efforts as a mentor and thought leader.

Jon Hanson
The Hampshire Cos.
A legend in the industry, Hanson carries a gravitas that is acknowledged by all — and a work ethic that is matched by few. Hampshire remains active in the key sectors of multifamily and industrial — especially self-storage — and there are so many things in this state that have been built, and accomplished, because of the New Jersey Hall of Famer. 

George Kimmerle
Founding president and partner
Kimmerle Group
With more than 40 years of diverse industry experience, the registered architect and professional planner is also an adjunct at both NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy. He has a special concentration on community building, branding and institutional realignment for economic development.

Charles Kushner
Kushner Cos.
Was instrumental in finally settling the lengthy dispute with Jersey City over One Journal Square and, in Long Branch, the Kushner family has been developing property for generations.

Murray Kushner
Kushner Real Estate Group
He continues to be influential at the KRE Group, which he founded in 1970, although his son, Jonathan Kushner, controls the day-to-day operations.

David Mandelbaum
General partner
Interstate Properties
He’s a legendary figure in so many ways, having served as general partner of Interstate Properties since 1968, a trustee of Vornado Realty since 1979 and director of Alexander’s since 1995.

Andy Merin
Vice chairman
Cushman & Wakefield
Continues to be a major player and the leader of the capital markets team at C&W. Showing no signs of slowing down. His New Jersey capital markets team at C&W continues to rattle off high-profile deals.

Gus Milano
President and chief operating officer
Hartz Mountain
Milano has been a presence in the New Jersey commercial real estate market for more than half a century and keeps Hartz Mountain active up and down the East Coast, as evidenced by its ongoing transformation of Hamilton Cove’s third residential tower in Weehawken. 

Paul Profeta
President; Publisher
Paul V. Profeta & Associates; Real Estate New Jersey
The real estate investor and philanthropist’s foundation recently made the largest donation to New Jersey Institute of Technology in its history, to establish two new education and research centers — one focused on real estate and the other on entrepreneurship. He’s also been named to board of Newark Beth Israel and its Children’s Hospital.

Steve Pozycki
Founder, chairman and CEO
SJP Properties
Remains active throughout the state and region. SJP is in the process of bringing nearly 400,000 square feet of Class A office space to downtown Morristown with the construction of M Station. Compared to the isolated suburban corporate campuses New Jersey is so commonly known for, SJP is creating developments in vibrant downtown centers — what employees want from an office these days.

David Simson
Vice chairman and chief operating officer
One of the leading brokers/advisers in the state, he has advised many of the largest corporations and owners, as well as served as leasing agent for more than 200 million square feet of prime real estate.

Joe Taylor
CEO and president
Matrix Development Group
Taylor has received countless awards and recognition on behalf of Matrix for his longtime leadership and involvement in the warehouse and e-commerce sectors.

Finn Wentworth; David Welsh; Giorgios Vlamis
Founders and partners
Senlac Ridge Partners
The Senlac founders, who boast more than 80 years of combined experience, launched the private equity firm after selling Normandy to Columbia Property Trust. They describe Senlac as a firm positioned to directly acquire real estate assets and undertake entity-level investments in select urban and transit-oriented markets.

Zygi Wilf
Garden Commercial Properties
An attorney turned real estate developer who is still a leader in garden apartments, Wilf is the chairman and co-owner of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and the majority owner of MLS’ Orlando City.

Jerry Zaro
Chair, banking and real estate services
Sills, Cummis & Gross
Industry veteran is a leading voice on public projects, which is one of the many reasons he’s the perfect choice to be a trustee on Gateway Tunnel project, which has finally seen federal funding.

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