SBN Covers Kislak Real Estate Institute Honoring Kushner of KRE Group, Hughes of Rutgers

Murray Kushner speaking at the Kislak Real Estate Institute Dinner (State Broadcast News/Steve Lubetkin photo)Murray Kushner speaking at the Kislak Real Estate Institute Dinner (State Broadcast News/Steve Lubetkin photo)

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ—(SBN)—More than 500 leaders of the commercial real estate industry gathered at Monmouth University’s imposing Woodrow Wilson Hall last week for the Kislak Real Estate Institute’s Leadership Excellence Award Dinner, which honored two key influencers in the industry, while raising money for scholarships for promising students in the real estate education program.

SBN covered the dinner as part of its content partnership with

Murray Kushner, chairman of The KRE Group, received the “Leadership Excellence Award,” and James W. Hughes, dean of the Edward Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University, received the Institute’s “Service to the Industry Award.”

Kushner’s KRE Group is the successor to SK Properties, which he co-founded in 1979 with his father Joseph Kushner and Eugene Schenkman. The full-service real estate company has more than 100 full-time employees and a real estate investment portfolio of more than 9,000 apartment units and six million square feet of industrial and office space.

Hughes is a nationally recognized academic expert on demographics, housing, and regional economics, and frequently provides his insights on New Jersey commercial real estate in interviews with

You can watch a video news report on the dinner in the player below.

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