2021 NAIOP New Jersey Committees

More than 250 NAIOP New Jersey members serve in one or more volunteer roles. Join a committee and work with some of the most respected experts in our industry!

“I was honored to have received the Volunteer of the Year Award and to be part of some of the wonderful work that NAIOP undertakes.  Everyone pulls together to offer outstanding educational events, meaningful dialogue, and opportunities to highlight the remarkable projects undertaken in New Jersey.  It is always a pleasure to work with everyone!” – Anne Strauss-Wieder, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

Committees are open to all members in good standing*. To volunteer, contact designated staff.

Community Action Project Committee

New Volunteers Welcome! The CAP Committee helps to raise funds, in-kind materials and services, and recruit volunteers for NAIOP New Jersey's annual Community Action Projects, including 1 Million Meals for NJ, our summer volunteer days at Food Banks, and the Developing Leaders' projects.  Usually holds one meeting in the first quarter, then holds conference calls leading up to the summer volunteer day at the Community Food Bank of NJ. Chairs: Kevin Dunshee, Solar Landscape; Monica Casiello, US Title Solutions. Staff Contact: Barbara Morford

Developing Leaders Committee

Plans programs, professional development and membership benefits exclusively for Developing Leaders, including Mixers, Evening with a Legend dinners, sporting events, and Community Action projects. Chairs: Axel Anderson, Crow Holdings; Briyanna Stires, Roux Associates; Anthony Rinaldi, Saxum Real Estate. Staff Contact: Donna Laterza

Programs & Education Committee

Identifies the education needs of members and plans timely and relevant Industry Insights Dinner programs, and Building a Better NJ Series seminars that offer continuing education credits whenever possible. Meets approximately every other month. Co-Chairs:  Dana Nalbantian of Gensler, and Rick Lechtman of Marcus & Millichap, and Joseph Galley of GZA GeoEnvironmental. Staff Contact: Ayisha Miles.

Gala Committee

Plans, solicits tickets & sponsorships for and helps on the night of the Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Gala.  Meets seasonally. Co-Chairs: Meryl Gonchar of Sills Cummis & Gross; Rob Kossar of JLL; and Mark Shearer of Rockefeller Group. Staff Contact: Donna Laterza.

Golf Committee

Plans, solicits sponsors and auction donations for and volunteers at the NAIOP NJ Annual Golf Classic.  Meets once at the course, then via conference call leading up to the September Golf Classic. Co-Chairs:  Terry Armstrong of Elberon Development Group, and Michael Schwertfeger of JG Petrucci Co. Inc.. Staff Contact: Donna Laterza.

Legal Action Committee

Monitors court actions for industry impact, reviews legal action requests and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Read more about our Legal Action Guidelines. Meets as needed.  Chairs: Robert Podvey of Connell Foley and Paul St. Onge of Gibbons Law. Staff Contacts:  Michael McGuinness and Barbara Morford

Legislative Committee

Reviews legislation to assess industry impact, recommends positions on bills and suggests legislative action consistent with NAIOP New Jersey's public policy priorities. Members give expert testimony in Trenton. Meets four to five times annually. Co-Chairs: Adam Pasternack of Russo Development and Jeff Gradone of Archer & Greiner. Staff contacts: Michael McGuinness and Barbara Morford.   

Membership Committee

Develops strategies for attracting and retaining members. Follows up leads with personal contacts and invites prospects to join. Hosts New Member Orientation Receptions throughout the year. Co-Chairs: Jeffrey Greif of First American Title Insurance Company Direct Operations and Jake Sutker of Forsgate Industrial Partners. Staff Contact: Donna Laterza.

Public Affairs Committee

Reserved for principal members who contribute to DPAC (Developers Political Action Committee) at the maximum level. Chair: Michael Seeve, Mountain Development Group. DPAC Chairs: Peter Visceglia, Federal Business Centers, and Alan Lambiase, River Terminal Development. Staff Contact: Michael McGuinness.

Regulatory Affairs Committee

Monitors and reviews regulatory proposals, executive orders and other administrative decisions by state, regional and federal agencies. Recommends appropriate action consistent with NAIOP New Jersey's Public Policy Priorities, assists with the preparation of comments, plans annual Regulatory Update Seminar. Meets every other month. Co-Chairs: Walter Bronson, Dewberry, and Emily Lamond, Cole Schotz. Staff Contacts: Michael McGuinness and Barbara Morford.


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