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Hampshire Cos. founder Hanson to kick off Rutgers real estate lecture series

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Hanson will serve as the first speaker in Rutgers' Center for Real Estate Studies Distinguished Lecture Series.
Hanson will serve as the first speaker in Rutgers' Center for Real Estate Studies Distinguished Lecture Series. - (File Photo)

The nascent real estate program at Rutgers Business School has tapped one of New Jersey’s most well-respected, influential developers to help launch its platform.

The school’s Center for Real Estate Studies announced Jon F. Hanson, chairman and founder of the Hampshire Companies, will serve as the first speaker in its Distinguished Lecture Series. He will speak at an event held March 20 at the Newark Museum, with plans to discuss development in the Meadowlands, Atlantic City and New Brunswick.

The school’s Newark campus announced last year that it would launch an MBA concentration in real estate, thanks to a new $3 million endowment to establish a chair in the field. The position will be named after Paul V. Profeta, president and owner of West Orange-based Paul V. Proteta and Associates Inc., who donated $1.5 million to the post.

Once hired, the new chair's job will be to set up the program and do international research, in addition to working with students. To help establish the program, Rutgers last summer named Ronald Shapiro, a veteran banking and real estate executive, the director of the Center for Real Estate Studies.

Hanson, whose firm is based in Morristown, founded Hampshire nearly 40 years ago and is considered an elder statesman in New Jersey’s commercial real estate industry. Last fall, he was named No. 1 on the NJBIZ Power 50, the annual ranking of New Jersey's 50 most influential people in real estate.

To register for the March 20 event, click here.

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Joshua Burd

Joshua Burd

Josh Burd covers real estate, economic development and sports and entertainment. Before joining NJBIZ in 2011, he spent four years as a metro reporter in Central Jersey. His email is joshb@njbiz.com and he is @JoshBurdNJ on Twitter.

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