About Mayor Derek Armstead

Mayor Derek Armstead is a life-long Linden resident, whose family has lived in the city of Linden for almost 100 years. He started his career in technology at Prudential Insurance Company, where he worked in the Computer Operations and Telecommunications Division. Mayor Armstead is currently employed as a programmer for the Union County Data Processing Department.

The Mayor is focused on the stabilization of taxes, an aggressive effort to reduce violent crime, economic stimulation for jobs creation and Linden’s business vitality, and the streamlining of municipal government operations. At the ribbon cutting for Citizen Linden, a mixed-use community located just steps from the train station and offering a 40-minute train ride to New York Penn Station, Mayor Armstead said, “Creating a project of this caliber requires a sense of collaboration, allowing everyone to come together for the common good. We have lowered taxes five years in a row, and the opening of this development will certainly assist in stabilizing taxes on a long-term basis. We are glad that the development team chose to work in Linden.”



About the Award: Caren S. Franzini was one of New Jersey's greatest economic development advocates, evidenced by her incredibly effective leadership of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and her work with Greater Trenton. In 2017, NAIOP New Jersey established the Caren S. Franzini Public Partner Award, to be presented in her memory and to honor champions of economic development that enriches, inspires and transforms our communities.



Join us in honoring Mayor Derek Armstead

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 Mayor Armstead's accomplishments with a congratulatory placement in the Gala Journal. The award recipients are showcased in the Gala Journal, a lasting keepsake of this special evening. This is your opportunity to offer your congratulations to Mayor Armstead, 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 Presentation
  • Deal of the Year Awards Presentation
  • 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 Deadline (print-ready material and payment) and Gem Sponsorship Deadline.
  • June 16, 2022 The 35th Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Gala.



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