About Jon F. Hanson

Jon F. Hanson is the Founder and Chairman of The Hampshire Companies. Spanning over a 60 year real estate career, Hanson has brought tangible economic growth to the Garden State through his company’s investments in countless real estate projects.  In the past five years, The Hampshire Companies has invested $981,507,668 in the NJ economy through its strategic investments and development projects.

Hanson has a legacy of dedicated civic service, working closely with several gubernatorial administrations on economic development initiatives targeted at bringing tangible, long-term business growth to New Jersey. Under Governor Tom Kean’s administration, Hanson served as Chairman of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority where he led a number of initiatives, including the negotiations that brought the New York Jets and New Jersey Devils to the Meadowlands.

Later, under the Christie administration, Hanson chaired Governor Christie’s New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment Advisory Commission and he led the negotiations with Triple Five on the development of the failed Xanadu project at the Meadowlands, which is currently under construction as American Dream, slated for a 2019 opening. Hanson also oversaw the creation of the Atlantic City Development Company (AC DEVCO), which has brought significant non-gambling development projects to Atlantic City.   Stockton University facilities and South Jersey Gas Headquarters will open this year.

Throughout the course of his storied career, Hanson has generously given his time, leadership, and knowledge to a variety of organizations and causes. In addition to his role at Hampshire, Hanson currently serves as, Director of Yankee Global Enterprises, and Chairman Emeritus of HealthSouth Corporation and the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. Previously, he was lead director for Prudential Financial Inc and Chairman of Pascack Community Bank, prior to its acquisition by Lakeland Bank.

Learn more about Jon Hanson and The Hampshire Companies.



About the Award

The NAIOP NJ Lifetime Achievement Award...our highest honor...recognizes an individual who has a distinguished and longstanding record of exemplary service to the industry and community, as well as significant personal accomplishments. All nominations were reviewed by the Awards Committee, which selected the honorees. See previous honorees.


Join us in honoring Jon F. Hanson

To purchase Gala Tickets, Journal Placements or Gem Sponsorship: download, print, complete & return the Gala Ticket/Journal Placement/Gem Sponsorship Form & Specs. Watch: 2017 Gala Highlights.

Offer your congratulations! We hope you will join us in recognizing Jon Hanson's accomplishments with a congratulatory placement in the Gala Journal . The award recipients are showcased in the Gala Journal, a lasting keepsake of this special evening. This is your opportunity to offer your congratulations to Mr. Hanson, and to promote your business to the real estate industry's most influential decision makers.  Gala Journal deadline is April 12. For inspiration, see the 2017 Gala Journal.

Make your presence known! Although all of our Gala Grand Sponsorships have sold out, we offer Gem Sponsorship packages at three levels. Each includes tickets, a Gala Journal placement and special promotions.

Join the celebration! From the Red Carpet Arrival & Welcome Reception to the Grand Reception to the elaborate Patisserie, Cordials & Cigars, the Gala is always en evening to remember. Your Gala ticket includes parking, the Welcome Reception, the Awards Presentation, the Grand Reception, Cigar Bar, Patisserie & Cordials, Coffee to Go, a copy of the Gala Journal and a Sweet Memento. Tickets sell quickly: please order early to avoid disappointment.


Event Details
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • The Palace at Somerset Park, 33 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873 Directions 
  • 4:00 PM Red Carpet Arrival
  • Welcome Reception
  • Opening Ceremony & Awards Presentation
  • Grand Reception
  • Attire: Black Tie
  • Tickets must be presented for admittance. No tickets will be available for sale at the event.
  • Parking: Upon arrival, you will be directed to valet or self parking, depending upon availability.

All inquiries about the Gala and membership status should be directed to Bonnie Sovinee (732-729-9900).




Deadlines & Dates to Remember

  • April 12  Gala Journal (print-ready material and payment) & Gem Sponsorship Package Deadline
  • May 10 The 31st Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Gala


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