Alfred Sanzari Enterprises recently welcomed more than 550 guests to The Marriott at Glenpointe in Teaneck to celebrate its 78th anniversary. — Courtesy: Sanzari
By Joshua Burd
Alfred Sanzari Enterprises is celebrating nearly eight decades in commercial real estate, a legacy that was on display recently as the firm welcomed a crowd of hundreds to its flagship campus Glenpointe campus in Teaneck.
The firm, which spans three generations, hosted more than 550 industry executives and professionals at The Marriott at Glenpointe as it marked 78 years since its founding. The June 6 event also served as something of a belated 75th anniversary celebration, coming three years after the company grappled with the impact of COVID-19 on its portfolio of commercial and residential buildings.
“Over 75 years ago, my father, Alfred Sanzari, with the unwavering support of my mother Mary, embarked on a journey to create a company built on hard work, integrity and lasting relationships with tenants, employees, partners and the communities in which we live and work,” said David Sanzari, CEO of Alfred Sanzari Enterprises. “While much has changed in the world since 1945, I take pride in the fact that the core principles on which my father built this company have remained unwavering. Our commitment to those values has played a pivotal role in reaching the significant milestone we celebrate tonight.”
Ryan Sanzari, the Teaneck-based firm’s president, added that the health crisis in 2020 “truly tested the solid foundation laid by my grandfather, father and uncle as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded” during what was the company’s 75th year in business.
“As we finally commemorate our anniversary tonight, the preceding years have demonstrated the enduring worth of the ideals upon which this company was built,” Ryan Sanzari said. “These ideals will continue to propel us into the future.”
The firm noted that the company’s namesake, who once shined shoes on the steps of the Bergen County Courthouse, made his initial foray into real estate as a tin knocker constructing ventilation and duct work in the late 1930s. After serving with the U.S. Army in World War II, Alfred Sanzari opened his own sheet-metal subcontracting firm to support northern New Jersey’s booming homebuilding market, going on to found Alfred Sanzari Enterprises with his wife to construct four Cape Cod-style homes in Dumont.
The company expanded into apartment, industrial and office buildings in the decades that followed, while welcoming its second generation in the 1960s and ’70s with the arrival of Ben and David Sanzari. Ryan Sanzari joined the team in 2011, ultimately rising to the role of president in 2021.
Alfred Sanzari Enterprises has since grown to manage a portfolio spanning more than 5 million square feet of office, residential, industrial, retail and hospitality properties in and around northern New Jersey, according to a news release. It showcased that history at its recent celebration, which featured an 80-foot display with artifacts and photos, along with a screening of a documentary highlighting the story of Alfred and the vision he provided for the future.