The Commercial Real Estate 

2018 Reception & Awards Ceremony 

October 17, 2018

Celebrating ACOD’s 70th Anniversary:  Generation to Generation


KRE Group



ACODCREGeorge2017 Honoree:  Mr. Sowa is native of Trenton and the Founding CEO of  Greater Trenton, a nonprofit that uses private funding and a network of collaborative relationships to advance economic revitalization efforts in New Jersey’s capital city. Mr. Sowa, whose family history in Trenton dates back more than 100 years, brings a successful 30+ year career in real estate development to his role as founding CEO of Greater Trenton. For the past 18 years, he was with Brandywine Realty Trust, one of the nation’s largest publicly traded, full-service real estate companies. Most recently, he served as Brandywine’s executive vice president and senior managing director and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s New Jersey and Delaware operations and development. He has substantial experience in urban development, and in 2014 led Brandywine’s selection by Campbell Soup Company to be the developer of the Camden Gateway District – a transformative 1.5 million square foot, mixed-use project for that city.

Special thanks to Mountainside Development, NJM Insurance Group, New Jersey Resources, Investors Bank, Tri-State Capital, M&T Bank, Rockefeller Group, CBRE, Elberon Development Co., JG Petrucci Co. for supporting the 2017 Commercial Real Estate Networking Reception and Awards Ceremony.

2016 Commercial Real Estate Honoree: Realogy 


Headquartered in Madison, NJ, Realogy is a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage with many of the best-known industry brands, including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, The Corcoran Group®, ERA®, Sotheby’s International Realty®, and ZipRealty®.

2015 Commercial Real Estate Honoree: Michael G. McGuinness, CEO, NAIOP New Jersey 

Michael McGuinness and Elizabeth Williams-Riley

The 2016 event was a wonderful afternoon that started with a stellar networking cocktail hour, followed by lunch and award presentation.  Industry leaders gathered to pay tribute to Michael McGuinness and the great work of NAIOP throughout the state. Proceeds from this event benefit the American Conference on Diversity signature Lead for Diversity Institute that launched the summer of 1995.

This annual event helps us continue to provide programs that promote understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures. More schools need programs to address bullying and violence in their schools and don’t have the resources. This benefit event helps us provide scholarship to students and schools that want diversity education programs.

Michael McGuinness is Chief Executive Officer of NAIOP New Jersey, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, which represents over 16,000 members in North America.  The New Jersey Chapter has close to 700 members representing developers, owners, asset managers and investors of commercial real estate including office, industrial, mixed-use, and retail properties. Mr. McGuinness and NAIOP have support the work of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, now the American Conference on Diversity for many years. We are still committed the same values of promoting respect among all races, religions and cultures. McGuinness has had a number of articles published, including:

  • “What Developers Want” New Jersey Municipalities, December 2002

  • “Navigating the Regulatory Maze” New Jersey Municipalities, November 1996

  • “Fix Focus to Spur Slowed State Growth” Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research Report, Winter 1994.