About the Award and the Honoree

In 2021, NAIOP NJ renamed the annual Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of the late industry icon Charles Klatskin.

The 2022 Charles Klatskin Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Gene Preston, recently retired from Dermody Properties.

Gene began his career in real estate with Merrill Lynch Hubbard, Inc. in New York City, underwriting real estate-backed securities and marketing properties. He has held senior management positions at Higgins Development Partners and Rockefeller Group Development Corporation. Just prior to joining Dermody Properties, he was Senior Vice President at Prologis, where he directed all development and acquisition activities within the company’s northeastern region.

Gene has developed and acquired approximately 28 million square feet of industrial and logistics space representing approximately $2 billion of invested capital. He oversaw the acquisition of a former General Motors site in Boxwood, DE, which was later developed as the state’s largest and most advanced logistics facility. Since 2012, Preston has overseen more than 2.8 million square feet of development at LogistiCenter at Logan. In 2017, he negotiated the acquisition and oversaw the development of LogistiCenter at Midway, in Bethel Township, PA, which, at the time, was the largest building in the Dermody Properties portfolio at over one million square feet. Most recently, Preston and the East Region team broke ground on a 1.1 million-square-foot industrial project in Southern New Jersey, known as LogistiCenter at Woolwich.

A respected leader, Gene Preston served as President of the New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP in 2019 and 2020. In his 33 years of NAIOP membership, he has served as an officer, trustee, DPAC trustee, committee chair, Community Action volunteer, sponsor, speaker, and I.CON Planning Committee Member. 


Join us in honoring Gene Preston

To purchase Gala Tickets, Journal Placements or Gem Sponsorship: download, print, complete & return with payment the 2022 Gala Purchase Form.

Offer your congratulations! We hope you will join us in recognizing Gene Preston's accomplishments with a congratulatory placement in the Gala Journal. The award recipients are showcased in the full-color print and digital Gala Journal, a lasting keepsake of this special evening. This is your opportunity to offer your congratulations to Gene, and promote your business to the real estate industry's most influential decision makers. The Gala Journal deadline is April 28, 2022. For inspiration, view the 2021 Gala Journal.


Make your presence known! Gala Gem Sponsorships, available at three levels, include tickets, a Gala Journal placement and added benefits. Watch the 2021 Gala Highlights Video by Gary Gellman, Gellman Images.

Event Details
    • Thursday, June 16, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM, The Palace at Somerset Park
    • Red Carpet Arrival
    • Welcome Reception
    • Commercial Real Estate Awards Presentations
    • Deal of the Year Awards Presentations
    • Grand Reception

All inquiries about the Gala and membership status should be directed to Donna Laterza.


Deadlines & Dates to Remember

    • April 28, 2022  Gala Journal (print-ready material and payment) & Gem Sponsorship Package Deadline
    • June 16 The 35th Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Gala



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