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United Way Commercial Real Estate Network Legacy Luncheon

Friday, May 19, 2017
11:00am - 1:30pm
Hanover Marriott
1401 Route 10 East
Whippany, NJ

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The Premier Networking Event

Join us for the 18th annual United Way Commercial Real Estate Network Legacy Luncheon. This premier event connects you to honorary guests and the state's leading commercial real estate professionals, providing unparalleled opportunities for networking while showcasing the industry’s commitment to the long-term health of our community.

The Legacy Luncheon helps United Way of Northern New Jersey invest in the backbone of New Jersey's workforce – ALICE®. This stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and represents the one-quarter of our state's households who, despite working, are unable to afford basic necessities. United Way works to remove the barriers keeping ALICE children and families from reaching their potential, focused on tackling the underlying causes of financial instability - the lack of a quality education, insufficient income, and poor health. 

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2017 Impact Award

Each year the Network selects one team within the commercial real estate industry for the United Way Impact Award, recognizing work on a development project, sale, lease, or other real estate transaction that is considered to have had the most positive impact in our region that year. We will honor this year's Impact Award winner at the Legacy Luncheon.

We are proud to announce the 2017 finalists:

• 56 Livingston Avenue, Roseland
• Allergan Headquarters
• Daiichi Sankyo, USA

Keynote Speaker

Regina Hartley, vice president of human resources for UPS Information Technology, makes human connections with employees immersed in technology. Throughout her career - working in talent acquisition, succession planning, learning and development, employee relations, and communications - Ms. Hartley has seen how, given the opportunity, people with passion and purpose will astound you.

Her TED talk, “Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume,” has been viewed nearly 3 million times and has started a global conversation about the merits of hiring “scrappers”- people who have overcome adversity.

Ms. Hartley earned a BA in Political Science from SUNY Binghamton and a MA in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She holds several professional certifications, including Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and SHRM-SCP.

A strong evangelist for giving back and “paying it forward,” Ms. Hartley is Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey; a Trustee of the Ramsey, NJ Public Education Foundation; and a member of the United Way of Bergen County’s Women United in Philanthropy giving circle; and coaches a CYO boys' basketball team.

Event Moderator

We are delighted to announce that Robert Kossar, executive managing director at JLL, will be joining us as event moderator. Mr. Kossar, responsible for leading the New Jersey business for JLL, also remains an active industrial capital markets and leasing broker, representing the firm’s most important clients. He is also the head of industrial investor services for the Americas and serves on the Brokerage Executive Committee and Industrial Executive Committee.  Mr. Kossar is an International Director of the firm.

Honorary Guests

Lee Maas, vice president of development for Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC,  is responsible for design, development and construction of their new North American headquarters in Mahwah, NJ. Previously he served as Vice President of Network Development, leading national franchising strategy, location and construction for dealership facilities, retailer performance management, and retailer reward and recognition programs. He has held several senior positions including interim president for Jaguar Land Rover Mexico. Mr. Maas has led a consolidation of the Jaguar and Land Rover retailer networks focusing on improving throughput and retailer profitability, and prepared the retailer network for next generation products, growth, and corporate image. 

Michael Sommer is the executive vice president of development at Edison Properties.  During his 20 years of real estate development experience, Michael has developed in excess of 5,000 residential units.  Prior to joining Edison, Mr. Sommer was managing director of development at Advance Realty in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  While at Advance, he led efforts in developing large scale residential, retail, and mixed-use projects throughout Northern New Jersey.  Prior to Advance, Mr. Sommer spent 17 years at Premier Development of Westfield, New Jersey.  At Premier, he was involved in every facet of the business including acquisitions, entitlements, site development, construction, and marketing.

Jon Sheh, director of Johnson & Johnson's Workplace Experience Program in the Americas, launched Johnson & Johnson's Workplace Innovation Program in November of 2009. He now heads up an activity-based program that is transforming the design of space; the integration of technology; and workplace policies, amenities, and culture. His team has deployed new work environments for about 20,000 employees. Mr. Sheh has also worked in project management, construction management, engineering, facilities management, and commercial real estate. He has directed work in the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Central America.

For more information, email Theresa Leamy or call 973.993.1160, x105.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

We are very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support! Special thanks to our gold sponsors:

Turner Construction Company

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