William C. Hanson Honoree
William C. Hanson


On Monday evening, November 4th, the area’s finest restaurants and caterers will join together at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes for the 27th annual …A Fall Night of Fine Dining. On this special occasion, West Bergen is honored to present its prestigious Distinguished Service Award to an outstanding community leader, William C. Hanson, SIOR, of Mahwah.

Douglas J. Cronk, President of West Bergen’s Board of Trustees, made the announcement. “I am so pleased,” Mr. Cronk said, “that Bill has been selected as the honoree. He is a unique individual who gives freely of himself to benefit others.” His partnership with West Bergen began several years ago when he became a Member of West Bergen’s Board of Trustees. While on the Board, he served on the Building and Grounds committee where his expertise in his field was invaluable. Bill is now a Member of West Bergen’s Foundation Board.

A veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Bill’s career spans more than 30 years, gaining him hands-on experience in nearly every facet of the business including sales, leasing, investment strategies, property management and ownership. In 1993, Bill assumed the role of President of NAI James E. Hanson. Building on his exceptional depth of industry knowledge and leadership skills, he set the company on a path of unprecedented growth.

NAI James E. Hanson’s new 17,000 square foot headquarters at 195 North Street in Teterboro occupies a retrofitted industrial building near Interstate 80. The space provides a modern work environment while honoring the firms nearly 65 year legacy. Long-time headquartered in Hackensack, Bill is the grandson of the company’s founder and namesake.

Bill’s expertise in the field has enabled him to hold important roles on the Boards of several real estate organizations including: Chairman, NAI Global Leadership Board; NJ Chapter President of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors; Board of Directors of Commerce and Industry and Executive Committee, Industrial & Office Real Estate Brokers Association, to name only a few.

He is also committed to serving his local community. Over the years, Bill has been on the Foundation Board for the ARC of Bergen and Passaic Counties and has served in a leadership capacity with the Boy Scouts of America; Chairman of the Foundation for Free Enterprise; Foundation Board of the Hackensack University Medical Center and the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Colgate University. A long-time resident of Mahwah, he and his wife, Stephanie, have twin daughters, Abby and Emily, who are high school juniors.