New Brunswick, NJ (April 24, 2013) – The American Conference on Diversity is proud to announce that Mitchell S. Landis, senior vice president and regional manager of Boston Properties’ Princeton office, is the recipient of our 2013 Commercial Real Estate Humanitarian Award. Please join us in honoring this extraordinary corporate and community leader June 5 (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, N.J.

Mr. Landis works tirelessly to enrich lives, build communities, and promote social justice among the diverse population of New Jersey. When he isn’t overseeing a staff responsible for the marketing and leasing, property management and construction services, legal and lease administration of approximately 85 tenants in the Princeton region for Boston Properties, Mr. Landis serves as commissioner and chairman of the Highland Park Redevelopment Agency and the Recreational Advisory Committee. This follows two years as a founding director of Main Street Highland Park. In addition, at the commercial real estate development association NAIOP, he serves as treasurer and trustee of the Developer’s Political Action Committee, is vice president of Membership and Communications for NAIOP NJ, and is a member of the Public Affairs Committee.

Along with his wife, Linda and four children, Mr. Landis founded and continues to run Highland Park Buddy Ball, an organization that teaches sports to children with disabilities. Mr. Landis also serves as chairman of the board of New Brunswick Tomorrow, director of several local boards, including the Jewish Social Services Committee of Middlesex County and the Parkinson Alliance of Princeton, and chairman of the board of the Raritan Valley Workshop (a division of Easter Seals). He recently served as director of Prevent Child Abuse – NJ.

Mr. Landis’ passion to serve others began in college when he volunteered for five years as a Big Brother. He dedicated a significant amount of time coordinating and running the New York University Big Brother/ Big Sisters program, placing more than 100 students each year with children who needed mentors. After his sophomore year in college, following a tradition set by his parents and older siblings, Mr. Landis traveled to Ghana, building homes with Operation Crossroads Africa. During his 20s, he ran a children’s camp in upstate New York for four summers and served in the Coast Guard Reserves for 6 years. Mr. Landis joined Boston Properties in June 1998 when the assets of The Landis Group, for which he was chief operating officer, were acquired. For 19 years prior to that, he owned and operated Landis Food Services, a restaurant franchiser and owner in the Northeast United States and Canada.

“Mr. Landis not only helps to build New Jersey communities through commercial real estate, but he embodies our organization’s mission and vision by leveling the playing field for all through his outstanding philanthropic efforts,” says American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley. “We are honored to present him with our 2013 Commercial Real Estate Humanitarian Award!”

 To reserve your seat, register, and get directions to Mayfair Farms, please visit Proceeds from this event will help support American Conference on Diversity programs designed to promote understanding and respect among people of all races, religions, and cultures.

Lead sponsors of our 2013 Commercial Real Estate Luncheon include T & M Associates, Elberon Development Co., The Landis Group, Mountain Development Corp., Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., Boston Properties, and Mandelbaum & Mandelbaum.


About Boston Properties

Boston Properties, a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT), is one of the largest owners, managers, and developers of Class A office properties in the United States, with a significant presence in five markets: Boston, New York, Princeton, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The Company was founded in 1970 by Mortimer B. Zuckerman and Edward H. Linde in Boston, where it maintains its headquarters. Boston Properties became a public company in June 1997 and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BXP.” Boston Properties is well-known for its in-house building management expertise and responsiveness to tenants’ needs. The Company holds a superior track record in developing premium Central Business District (CBD) office buildings, suburban office centers, and build-to-suit projects for the U.S. government and a diverse array of creditworthy tenants.

 About the American Conference on Diversity

The programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity, which has been serving schools, organizations, workplaces, and communities in New Jersey since 1948, builds on a historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates eight chapters to help us to educate and empower leaders and bring our messages of inclusion and respect to communities throughout New Jersey: Atlantic County Chapter, Bayonne Chapter, Central Jersey Chapter, Essex County Chapter, Greater Bergen Chapter, Hudson County Chapter, Jersey Shore Chapter, and Mercer County Chapter. Visit to learn more.