Princeton Merchants Association

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2016 Real Estate Panelists

Jack Morrison
JM Group

Jack Morrison and his wife, Debbie, moved to Princeton in 1981 as a midway solution for the couple who worked in Philadelphia and New York respectively.  In 1982, Jack opened Nassau Street Seafood and had the opportunity to purchase the building in 1983.  Over the next 35 years, Morrison opened the Blue Point Grill, the Witherspoon Grill and founded the Princeton Farmers’ Market.  During that same period of time, Morrison has built a portfolio of commercial and residential properties, primarily in Princeton, including 55 Witherspoon Street and 25 Spring Street, an 82 unit mixed use project and 252 Nassau Street which is the new home of Tigerlabs and Nina’s Waffles.

Judson Henderson
Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty

At the age of eighteen when most people were trying to cling to those last days of high school, Jud was busy getting licensed as a real estate salesperson.  Ten years later he upgraded that original license to become a broker associate with the Princeton Real Estate Group, later serving as Broker of Record for Henderson Sotheby's International Realty and now a Managing Member of Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty.  Jud is happily doing what he does best - helping people make smart real estate decisions, both residential and commercial.

Peter Dodds
Morford & Dodds Realty

Peter Dodds has been active in the Princeton area commercial real estate industry for the past thirty two years.  He is a founding partner of Morford & Dodds Realty as well as the President of the affiliated commercial property management firm of Keller Property Management.  His experience includes completing transactions for major clients such as The Trustees of Princeton University and Saul Ewing, LLP.  During Mr. Dodds' career he has successfully represented both landlords and tenants in purchase and lease negotiations for over five million square feet of transactions.  He also currently serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for McCarter Theatre.

David Newton
Vice President
Palmer Square Management, LLC

As Vice President, David Newton has managed Palmer Square Management, LLC since 1995.  The 500,000 square foot complex encompassing most of the downtown Princeton commercial space includes upscale retail space, class "A" office space, two multi-level parking garages and 228 existing residential units.  During the period of his management, Palmer Square has been above 90% occupied and is considered one of the finest examples of downtown mixed use development.  The trend toward an affordable, affluent lifestyle is evidenced by the boutiques, coffee houses and eateries combined with the cultural and business activities in Palmer Square.  Born in London, England, David proudly calls Princeton, NJ his home.

David G. Germakian
Vice President of Development

EDENS develops, owns and operates retail and retail-driven centers in primary markets throughout the country.  As Vice President, David is the lead developer on several projects including South Bay, Boston, Uptown Park, Houston and two New Jersey acquisitions in Closter and Princeton.  Since joining in 2007, Germakian has led by example with an attention to detail that is always reflected in the quality of his projects. He is a Harvard educated, former Naval Officer with two deployments to the Persian Gulf.

Joshua Zinder
Founder and Principal
Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design

Joshua Zinder founded the firm Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design in 2006 as a full service architecture and interior design firm bringing a unique, contemporary style to every project.  The AIA of New Jersey named Joshua Zinder as Architect of the Year in 2013 and selected JZA+D as 2014 Firm of the Year.  JZA+D’s diverse design portfolio includes high-end commercial space, gourmet restaurants, educational institutions, private homes and government/municipal facilities.  Josh serves on the board of the Princeton Merchants Association and the Jewish Center of Princeton.

Derek Bridger
Zoning Officer
Town of Princeton

As the Zoning Officer for Princeton, NJ, Derek is an integral part of the application process for any commercial or residential development in Princeton.  Derek has served Princeton in a variety of roles since 2001 and continues to be the go-to person at town hall as the arbiter for the zoning process and an advocate for the development community.

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