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TEANECK, NJ-Some 25 years ago, Peter Cocoziello founded the Bedminster-based Advance Realty Group, and since then has turned his company into a major player in East Coast commercial real estate. When more than 600 real estate industry professionals gather at the Marriott at Glenpointe here tomorrow for the third annual RealShare New Jersey conference, they will find out how it happened.

Cocoziello will be the subject of “Inside the Real Estate Mind,” a one-on-one sit-down with Michael G. Desiato, editor-in-chief of Real Estate Media Inc., producer of the event and publisher of GlobeSt.com, Real Estate Forum and Real Estate New Jersey. Cocoziello will talk about his business philosophy, how he grew his company and what’s next for Advance.

Also headlining the program will be Christopher Christie, US Attorney for the District of New Jersey. Christie, who will make a special luncheon presentation, has been making headlines with his efforts to root out political corruption the Garden State. The fallout has impacted commercial real estate and brought down some well-known figures, and Christie will discuss those efforts.

After an introductory welcome from Jonathan A. Schein, president and CEO of Real Estate Media Inc., there will be a keynote address by Susan Bass Levin, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, who will talk about the status of the state’s growth management plan, as well as Trenton’s current positions on land use and commercial real estate.

Headlining the other general sessions will be Town Hall Meeting: New Jersey at the Crossroads. The high-powered panel will include Mitchell Hersh of Mack-Cali Realty Corp., James Postell of Trammell Crow Co., Todd Rechler of Reckson Associates Realty, Jerry Sweeney of Brandywine Realty Trust, Joseph Taylor of Matrix Development Group and Eric Witmondt of GVA Williams. Eric Peterson, editor of Real Estate New Jersey, will moderate.

Also on the agenda is a growth management debate. Moderated by Thomas Jay Hall of the law firm of Sills Cummis, a panel of public and private-sector officials will discuss an issue that won’t go away, from restricted development in some parts of the state to fast-tracked permitting in others.

New this year among the concurrent sessions is Real Estate and City Hall: A Panel of Mayors Speaks Out. Michael McGuinness, executive director of the New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP, will host a group that includes Chris Bollwage, mayor of Elizabeth, Robert Bowser, mayor of East Orange and Douglas Palmer, mayor of Trenton.

The remainder of the concurrent sessions will cover a broad range of topics, from capital markets and structured finance, to the growing mix of sports and entertainment as part of real estate development, what’s next for the office market, the outlook for the industrial and trends in investment sales.

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