EAST RUTHERFORD—In May, Cushman & Wakefield vice chairman Andrew Merin will be honored with the NAIOP New Jersey Impact Award, which recognizes commercial real estate trendsetters. Merin heads his firm’s East Rutherford-based Metropolitan Area Capital Markets Group.

Merin joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1983 and subsequently co-founded his team in 1987 after a successful career as an office leasing specialist. The Metropolitan Area Capital Markets Group specializes in investment sales of office, industrial, multifamily and retail properties throughout New Jersey, New York, Fairfield County, Conn., and Pennsylvania. Since 2000, it has closed in excess of 348 transactions totaling $15.4 billion. This includes 176 office buildings totaling approximately 62.5 million sq. ft., retail space totaling 20.8 million sq. ft., industrial space totaling 26.2 million sq. ft. and 38 multi-family properties including 13,905 residential units.

The NAIOP New Jersey Impact Award is presented at the trade organization’s annual gala, to individuals and companies that have shown exemplary service to the industry and community, professionalism, and integrity. Its recipients have had a clear, positive impact on the commercial and industrial real estate industry.

Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Merin was a principal and executive vice president with Baker Merin Associates, Inc. Before forming Baker Merin Associates, he was a vice president and co-branch manager for Sutton and Towne’s New Jersey branch office (predecessor to Coldwell Banker’s New York operation).

Merin is a regular lecturer for the MBA program of the NYU Stern School of Business. Merin consistently volunteers his time and expertise as a panelist at trade events and meetings for organizations like NAIOP, ULI, IOREBA, RealShare and others, and as a source for a range of real estate publications.