24B — September 11 - 24, 2020 — New Jersey/Pennsylvania — M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal


P eople on the M ove

E S T L O N G BRANCH, NJ — The Kislak Fam- Academic programming support for students studying RE Kislak Family Foundation pledges $1M in scholarships W

Larison brings extensive experience in PR The GRCA welcomes new director of membership

Equities. “Her ability to respond to our tenants’ needs during the unprecedented circumstances of a global pandemic with grace and professionalism indicates a level of leadership that will allow us to continue to provide a superior office product to ten- ants in the NYC-Metro area.” Pappas’s team will man- age tenant relationships and capital and base improvement projects for the seven million square feet of office space in Onyx’s portfolio. Robert Re- diker , senior VP of develop- ment, will oversee building additions and the developer’s two residential projects in Ridgewood. “We own and operate com- mercial properties throughout the metro NY area and Kristen gives us the best in class op- erational expertise to further our intention to make sure the Onyx tenant experience has no equal in our marketplace,” said John Saraceno, Jr. managing principal of Onyx Equities. “We purchased 1,500,000 s/f in the last 12 months, necessitating our need to advance Onyx’s management and construction functions.” MAREJ sponsible for fostering and developing client relationships with more than 100 colleges and universities across the country and a dozen around the world. She also served as marketing director and produced all digital and print communications, as well as managed student recruitment and enrollment. In addition to her tenure in global educa- tion, Larison has extensive experience in public relations and brand communications in higher education, working as Director of Communications at Salem Academy and Col- lege in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as well as roles in college relations at Guilford College (NC) and Washington State University (WA). Prior to entering higher education, Larison worked as account manager for a Pacific North- west marketing agency and a book editor for a Harrisburg- based publishing company. “Julie will be a fantastic addition to the GRCA team. She is a bright, energetic and experienced executive who will do a terrific job for GRCA and its more than 900 members,” said Jim Gerlach , president and CEO, GRCA. MAREJ

READING, PA — The Greater Reading Cham- ber Alliance (GRCA) to

a distinguished career in real estate. “My father was deeply pas- sionate about education, busi- ness, and giving back,” said Paula Kislak , chair of the Kislak Family Foundation and daughter of Jay Kis- lak. “These contributions to Monmouth University are an enduring tribute to him, as he understood and valued the importance of education and investing in the future of real estate professionals. We are proud to support the Kislak Real Estate Institute and its mission to prepare the next generation of principled industry leaders.” Don Moliver, Ph.D., dean of the Leon Hess Business School and Pozycki Professor of Real Estate, also saluted the impact of Jay Kislak and the Kislak Family Foundation at Mon- mouth University. “Over the past 10-plus years, our real es- tate program has thrived, and we owe much of that success to the Kislak family’s continued commitment to our students. We look forward to building on the Kislak Real Estate In- stitute’s upward trajectory as evidenced by the hundreds of successful graduates working in the industry today.” MAREJ already existed made the most sense for everyone.” Roski adds that, “most importantly has been Majestic’s team – our local employees who make it happen day in and day out, and our local engineers, advi- sors and professionals who help us navigate through the development process.” For Roski it all boils down to people. “My dad, who founded Majestic in 1948, taught me that it’s always about people: from the members of our team to the individuals in the com- munity – each and every per- son has value. Which is why being honored by the March of Dimes is so meaningful – their mission of helping babies and families is close to my heart”. Today the Majestic Bethle- hem Center is well down the path of fulfilling its original promise. With millions of square feet of state-of-the art warehouse facilities built and thousands of jobs created, the Majestic Bethlehem Center has become the premiere busi- ness park in the region and a national example of successful redevelopment. MAREJ

announc ed i t s r e c e n t hire of Julie Larison, who will join the team as the di rec tor o f membership. Within this role, Larison

ily Foundation has pledged $1 million in scholarships and $100,000 in academic programming support for Monmouth University stu- dents studying real estate. The seven-figure scholarship dona- tion will support a need-based Kislak Family Scholarship for undergraduates pursuing a business degree with a real estate concentration, while the $100,000 pledge will continue to support the University’s Kislak Real Estate Institute Academic Challenge, an an- nual intercollegiate real estate competition which will include an affordable housing compo- nent. “We are incredibly grateful to the Kislak family for its on- going support of our students and their dedication to Mon- mouth University,” said Mon- mouth University president Patrick F. Leahy. “It is the kind of philanthropic support that will have a long-term im- pact, providing extraordinary opportunities for deserving students for years to come,” he said. “I am also thrilled that the Kislak Real Estate Institute Academic Challenge opportunities.” Majestic has a long history of community involvement and stewardship as part of its development approach. As a build-and-hold developer, Majestic considers itself a member of the communities where it puts down roots. The Majestic Realty Foundation engages with local non-profits to help the community thrive, and Majestic encourages its employees to volunteer and give back. “We felt that the location and features of what has be- come the Majestic Bethlehem Center were very attractive – a dynamic area with a rich histo- ry and numerous amenities for employees and their families, its location close to Interstate 78, with rail on site, next door to a Norfolk Southern intermo- dal facility, and not far from the large population centers of Philadelphia and New York City and their transportation infrastructure, including the Port of NYNJ which is the sec- ond largest in the US – all very much like the Inland Empire

will be on solid footing for the future. Our students have proven they have the skills to compete against their peers at internationally recognized colleges and universities.” To commemorate the legacy of the late Jay I. Kislak , eli- gible undergraduate students applying for the Kislak Family Scholarship will be invited to submit an essay on the topic of how their lives and careers will serve as models for their personal or professional goals. A prominent philanthropist and real estate icon, Jay Kis- lak served as chairman of the Kislak Organization, which has an over 100-year history in New Jersey and includes the commercial real estate brokerage firm, The Kislak Company, Inc. He was also the 2011 recipient of the Univer- sity’s Leadership Excellence Award, which is awarded annually in recognition of dis- tinctive contributions to New Jersey and the nation through region in Southern California,” said Roski. The availability of ample and redundant utilities for tenants’ mission critical opera- tions and a large local labor pool fromwhich to draw talent were also very important to Majestic. But Majestic also recog- nizes that it has had help. “The Majestic BethlehemCen- ter wouldn’t have received this honor from the March of Dimes without the support of many along the way,” contin- ued Roski. “Our governmental partners in Pennsylvania, from state to local, and the City of Bethlehem in particu- lar, have been key in making our vision a reality.” In addition, Roski feels that Majestic was embraced for investing in land that already had a legacy of industrial activity. “There was plenty of avail- able farmland around back then, which might have been easier to develop, but we felt that bringing back jobs to where people already lived and where the infrastructure

Julie Larison

is looking forward to align- ing her expertise in business development and communica- tions to serve and champion the many businesses and or- ganizations that comprise the Berks County community. “Berks County is a vital part of the economy in South- eastern Pennsylvania, and I am excited to be on the GRCA team dedicated to advocating, promoting and supporting our members and all the busi- nesses and organizations in the region,” Larison said. Most recent ly, Larison served as executive director of BCA Study Abroad, an inter- national education nonprofit located on the Elizabethtown College campus in Lancaster County. During her tenure with BCA, Larison was re-

Onyx promotes Pappas to senior VP of propertymanagement & construction

Annual March of Dimes Commercial & Industrial . . . continued from page 14B

WOODBRIDGE & NEW- ARK, NJ — Onyx Equities has named Kristen Pappas

as its senior VP o f t h e new property management & construc- tion depart- ment as part of an expan- s i on o f i t s construction

Kristen Pappas

department that addresses the developer’s aggressive of- fice building acquisitions and related capital programs. Pappas joined Onyx in July 2019 as its VP of property management & operations and played an integral role in the creation and execution of On- yx’s COVID-19 office repopula- tion plan. She will build upon her previous responsibilities as office tenant relationship man- ager in addition to overseeing all capital improvement and base building upgrade projects. “Kristen has been an invalu- able asset to Onyx, enabling us to expand our portfolio and our construction and management teams,” said John Saraceno, Jr. managing principal of Onyx

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