William C. Hanson, SIOR Named Chairman of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey’s Board of Directors

Nov 5, 2020

Teterboro, N.J. (November 5, 2020) – NAI James E. Hanson announces that President William C. Hanson, SIOR, has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ).

Founded in 1927 as the Bergen County Chamber of Commerce, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey is a unique network of businesses committed to improving and advancing the cause of free enterprise in the Garden State. Through providing education, legislative vigilance, and membership interaction, CIANJ seeks to create an economic climate that ensures New Jersey will remain a great place to live, work and conduct business for years to come. ​

“We are thrilled to welcome our new chairman, William Hanson, who has served on CIANJ’s Executive Committee and board for many years,” said Anthony Russo, President, CIANJ. “Bill takes the helm at a time when CIANJ faces many challenges as a result of the pandemic and we are fortunate to have his leadership as we move into 2021 and beyond.”

Previously serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of CIANJ for two years, Hanson has been a member of the organization for over 25 years. In his new expanded leadership role, Hanson will work closely with his fellow members of the Board of Directors and CIANJ’s President Anthony Russo to chart and execute a strategic vision for the organization. Furthermore, Hanson will help guide the organization as it navigates a challenging road ahead as New Jersey continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertain economic recovery.

“I am honored and humbled by this tremendous opportunity to help lead an organization that has not only had a substantial impact on my professional growth but has helped countless businesses, large and small, find success in our state,” added Hanson. “I look forward to working with Anthony Russo and his team to continue to support and advocate on behalf of New Jersey’s business community as we navigate the significant challenges on the horizon.”

Since becoming President of NAI James E. Hanson in 1993, Hanson’s career has been defined by his strategic vision and leadership abilities. During Hanson’s time at the helm of NAI James E. Hanson, the firm has grown substantially. Today, the firm employs 73 of the real estate industry’s most respected and knowledgeable professionals, including eleven brokers with the prestigious SIOR designation. Over the last ten years, NAI James E. Hanson has completed almost 3,000 transactions worth over $3.2 billion in value and covering over 42 million square feet. Along with the firm’s tremendous staff and revenue growth, Hanson has helped the company evolve to become the state’s largest full-service independent commercial real estate brokerage with a diverse array of in-house services and specialties. Throughout his career, thousands of businesses across northern New Jersey have found homes solely due to the hard work of Hanson and the team he has built and mentored.

Hanson’s expertise as a business leader has also allowed him to serve in leadership roles on the boards of several real estate and business organizations providing invaluable direction and guidance including the NAI Global Leadership Board; Society of Industrial and Office Realtors – NJ Chapter – President; Foundation for Free Enterprise – Chairman and Hall of Fame member;  ; Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce; Industrial & Office Real Estate Brokers Association – Executive Committee; National Association of Industrial and Office Properties; Rutgers Center for Real Estate – Advisory Board; and Urban Land Institute. Each of these roles has enabled Hanson to apply his market knowledge and decades of business experience to help these prestigious organizations pursue their goals while driving the region’s business community to ongoing prosperity.

Additionally, Hanson is also committed to serving his local community, serving in a volunteer leadership capacity with numerous organizations including the Boy Scouts of America – Board of Directors; Hackensack University Medical Center – Foundation Board; ARC – Board of Directors; and West Bergen Mental Health – Board of Directors.

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