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JLL’s New York Tri-State Chairman Peter Riguardi Receives Honorary Doctorate from Iona College

Riguardi provides keynote address to graduating class of 2016

NEW YORK, May 24, 2016 — Peter Riguardi, chairman and president of JLL’s New York tri-state operations, received an honorary doctorate degree from Iona College and provided the keynote address at commencement ceremonies for the master’s degree graduating class of 2016, held on Saturday, May 21, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

A 1983 Iona College graduate with degrees in marketing and finance, Riguardi received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree. Riguardi leads all operations for JLL in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area, managing a team of approximately 2,000 professionals in seven offices throughout the region. Named chair in February 2016 in addition to retaining his role as president, Riguardi now oversees all business lines in the region including brokerage, capital markets, property/facilities management, consulting, and project and development services.

“We’re honored to have a business leader of Mr. Riguardi’s caliber and achievement share his expertise with our graduating students,” said Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. “He is an outstanding example of what an Iona education can help achieve as he has literally moved the world of real estate and property management.”

“It is a great honor to receive this recognition from Iona College, and to have the opportunity to speak to the graduates that will lead our country in years to come,” Riguardi said.  “Iona provides a challenging academic environment that helps students develop the skills required to excel in a broad range of fields, and it has been a pleasure to remain closely involved with the school.”

Riguardi serves on the Board of Governors for the Real Estate Board of New York and is an active member of the organization’s senior leadership. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Regional Plan Association and on the board of the Rabin Medical Center of Israel, as well as a member of the Partnership for the City of New York. He is a former member of the Iona College Board of Trustees and has been honored by the Rabin Medical Center of Israel, Met Council, Muscular Dystrophy, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Special Olympics, United Way and The Police Athletic League.

JLL is a leader in the New York tri-state commercial real estate market, with more than 2,300 of the most recognized industry experts offering brokerage, capital markets, property/facilities management, consulting, and project and development services. In 2015, the New York tri-state team completed approximately 32.6 million square feet of lease transactions; arranged investment sales, notes, debt and equity transactions valued at more than $8.2 billion; managed projects valued at $7.8 billion; and oversaw a property management, facilities management and agency leasing portfolio exceeding 141 million square feet.

About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $5.2 billion and gross revenue of $6.0 billion, JLL has more than 280 corporate offices, operates in more than 80 countries and has a global workforce of more than 60,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $58.3 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

About Iona College
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private Catholic coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Located just 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan, it is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.