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East Orange Property Owners Association Names New Board Members

EAST ORANGE, NJ – The East Orange Property Owners Association (EOPOA), which is marking its second year as an industry-unique membership organization, has announced the appointment of Phillip Evanski to the position of president of the association’s Board of Directors. Evanski is assuming the reigns from Peter Shapiro, who is retiring as managing member of Shapco Property Management (SPM).

“On behalf of my fellow board members and the EOPOA’s entire membership, I would like to extend our gratitude to Peter Shapiro for his vision and dedication in bringing the city’s landlords and officials together and creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and collaboration,” said Evanski. “By working closely with the city’s Administration, we will continue to improve the living standards for all tenants in East Orange.”

In addition to the appointment of Evanski, a managing member of Equis Realty Partners, LLC, the association has named Marc Watkins, CEO of Rockledge Ventures, LLC, to the position of secretary. Additional board members include Vice President/Board Member Isaac Frankel, managing partner of Creative Capital Group, LLC; Treasurer/Board Member Abraham “Avi” Brender, president of ASB Investments; and Board Member David Oropeza, managing director of Gebroe-Hammer Associates.

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“Since its inception, the EOPOA has been committed to collaborating with city and economic development officials to improve the city’s regulatory environment,” said Frankel. “As a group of like-minded property owners, the association seeks to enhance opportunities for growth, lower the barriers to entry and attract new, established investors as well as experienced property owners and developers to the city. We welcome all new members who would like to have a voice in shaping East Orange’s renaissance.”

Under Shapiro’s stewardship, the EOPOA and its leadership team achieved several key milestones. These included hosting the “State of the City of East Orange: Revitalization and Investment Initiatives” roundtable that focused on embracing and capitalizing on urbanism; piloting three integral City of East Orange ordinance amendments; and being named the Best New Industry Association for 2016 by a regional real estate publication.

EOPOA is comprised of members with interests in the emerging East Orange submarket as they pertain to multi-family properties of 25+ or more units. While owners of smaller multi-family dwellings are welcome, the group also welcomes new members with ownership/management interests in larger buildings as well as industry professionals specializing in the legal, accounting and lending sectors. To become a member of EOPOA, contact the association at (973) 866-5081 or

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