The Commercial Real Estate Industry in partnership with The American Conference on Diversity will pay tribute to economic-development pillars — Gil Medina of CBRE Group, Inc. and M&T Bank, an emerging community and business development leader in NJ — during our 2014 Commercial Real Estate Luncheon on June 17 (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ.

“We are honored to recognize these remarkable commercial real estate leaders who are fully vested in the economic growth of all New Jersey communities,” says American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley. “Through their spirit of community and giving back,they embody our organization’s mission and ensure the sustainability of our state for future generations.”

Gualberto (Gil) Medina, CBRE Group, Inc. Mr. Medina joined CBRE’s Saddle Brook office in June 2013 as an Executive Vice President. Applying his extensive real estate and business experience, he is focused on providing and coordinating integrated real estate solutions to corporate, governmental, nonprofit, and academic research organizations. He is responsible for local and global business development across all CBRE service lines including: Office, Industrial, and Retail Brokerage; Asset Services; Project Management; and Financial Consulting. As part of developing and expanding major account service offerings, Mr. Medina provides corporate occupiers with multi-disciplined, high-level strategic advisory expertise. A former New Jersey state commerce secretary, Mr. Medina was the point-person in the creation of incentive, finance, and regulatory programs that constitute the state’s core economic growth policies. He remains a key voice in the New Jersey commercial real estate industry, the larger business community, and public-private sector efforts that are guiding the state’s future economic health. Mr. Medina is an attorney, CPA, and licensed real estate broker who has developed extensive expertise in management, sales, business development, technology, and regulatory matters. Mr. Medina’s extensive recognitions and achievements include being bestowed Rank of Commander in the National Order of Cruzeiro do Sul by the Republic of Brazil, named a “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine, inducted into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame, selected as one of New Jersey Monthly’s “101 Most Influential People in the State,” honored as a NJBiz Real Estate Industry “Power 50,” and serving as Camden, NJ, city councilman.

M&T Bank, to be accepted by Paula Mandell. M&T serves a wide range of customers at more than 700 branches in six states and the District of Columbia, ranking as one of the 20 largest commercial banks headquartered in the U.S. The bank has a long track record of helping its customers and communities succeed, and it consistently ranks among the nation’s top lenders to small business. M&T also has a long history of community development lending, maintaining the highest possible Community Reinvestment Act rating since 1982. During its most recent CRA exam period, M&T made more than 596 community development loans, investing $3.2 billion in neighborhoods it serves. The bank also provides charitable and volunteer support to more than 3,000 organizations in its communities, including TEAM Academy Charter Schools in Newark, which has been a major partner of M&T since 2010. M&T currently serves business customers in New Jersey through three commercial banking offices and is headed locally by Regional President Paula Mandell. She has an extensive background with more than 40 years of experience in the financial services industry and was appointed Regional President for M&T Bank in Westchester County and Rockland County, NY, in 2001. Her role expanded to include Regional President for New Jersey when M&T opened its first commercial banking office in the state in 2007. Ms. Mandell is responsible for the commercial real estate, middle market, health care, and not-for-profit lending divisions. She also works closely with the management team of the bank’s other business units, including M&T’s Wilmington Trust wealth management division, in coordinating the operations within the state.  

“At M&T Bank, we recognize the health of the bank is directly related to the health of the diverse communities we serve. When we understand the diverse needs of our customers and our communities, we are in a better position to help them succeed,” says M&T Bank Regional President Paula Mandell.

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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 Regional Community Networks covering all of New Jersey. Visit to learn more.


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