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Rutgers Center for Real Estate Studies Taps Hampshire’s James E. Hanson II as Co-Chair for New Academic Program

Morristown, N.J.

The Hampshire Companies, a full-service, private real estate investment firm with equity in assets valued at over $2.5 billion, has announced its President and CEO, James E. Hanson II, will serve as co-chair of the newly-minted Rutgers Business School Center for Real Estate Studies. Along with fellow co-chair Carl J. Goldberg, founder of Roseland Property Co., Hanson will develop the Center’s program and curriculum to establish it as an industry-leading academic institution that will develop and shape the next generation of real estate professionals and leaders.

Hanson and Goldberg will work closely with five other real estate professionals who make up the center's executive committee. Together the co-chairmen will be responsible for program development, building the Center’s industry and academic reputation, seeking industry support, including the recruitment of an advisory board of industry leaders, and assisting in the development of the Center’s real estate academic program. Additional duties include contributing to on-going real estate research and developing a series of conferences and other events meant to engage the industry’s thought leaders and encourage the participation of the student body and the public at large.

“Being afforded the opportunity to help shape the Center and this program is truly special for me. I know that with our combined and vast real estate experiences, Carl and I will be able to lay a strong foundation for the Center that will allow for sustained success,” said Hanson. “I’m looking forward to working with Carl and Professor Morris Davis along with the executive committee in this meaningful role to bring a robust real estate program to Rutgers and to the State of New Jersey that will aid in the development the next generation of industry leaders.”

Hanson’s father, Jon F. Hanson, Chairman and Founder of The Hampshire Companies was the Center’s inaugural speaker in March, 2014. Since being instated as co-chair, Hanson has worked with Goldberg and Morris to establish the mission of the school’s Center for Real Estate Studies, to recruit an advisory board and has begun organizing the Center’s first conference.

“We need to ready the next generation of professionals to address not only the needs and demands of today’s real estate environment, but to effectively face the challenges of tomorrow’s marketplace and equip them with the vision and ability to act thoughtfully when faced with opportunities,” added Hanson. “The Center will look to address key issues facing the real estate industry such as global logistics, the changing needs of commercial tenants, and new urbanism.”

The Rutgers Business School Center for Real Estate Studies will offer executive education opportunities intended to enhance and strengthen existing knowledge, critical knowledge and vital decision making abilities while offering under-graduate and graduate-level classes. The five members of the executive committee include: George H. Jacobs, president of Jacobs Enterprises Inc.; Ronald S. Ladell, senior vice president at AvalonBay Communities Inc.; Gualberto "Gil" Medina, executive vice president of CBRE Inc.; Paul V. Profeta, founder of Paul V. Profeta & Associates and Ted Zangari, member of Sills Cummis & Gross.

To learn more about the Rutgers Business School Center for Real Estate Studies please visit: www.business.rutgers.edu/cres

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About The Hampshire Companies
The Hampshire Companies is a full-service, private real estate firm based in Morristown, New Jersey. The Hampshire Companies is a vibrant, dynamic organization that combines creative vision and superior execution, thereby enabling it to create and enhance value in real estate investments. Additional information on The Hampshire Companies is available online at HampshireRE.com.

Tiffany Miller
R&J Public Relations