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Formed in the 1980s by Maureen and Joseph Dell’Aquila and operated today by their son Gregory, JDA Group is a family business at its core. Read on to learn all about the JDA team’s background and experience in development, construction, and management.

Joseph Dell’Aquila

Owner

Joseph Dell’Aquila is the co-owner and co-founder of JDA Group. A Hoboken native and first-generation American citizen, Joseph began his career in garment manufacturing before shifting his focus to real estate in and around Hudson County. Joseph is a proud father and husband, and a veteran of the Army National Guard.

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Maureen Dell’Aquila

Owner

Maureen Dell’Aquila is the co-owner and co-founder of JDA Group, and serves as the company’s HR professional and vigilant accountant. She was born in Jersey City and raised in a large family, with 6 siblings all working for the family poultry business. Maureen and Joseph met as high school sweethearts, and they have been together ever since.

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Gregory Dell’Aquila

Chief Executive Officer

Gregory Dell’Aquila is the Chief Executive Officer of JDA Group and its companies.
He has built a reputation as a visionary for development, able to see the potential in underutilized properties and develop them in a way that transforms the entire surrounding area. Gregory is happily married, a father of two, and spends his free time volunteering at his local parish and finding new ways to support community growth and development all around Hoboken and Hudson County.

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Timothy Connell

AVP, Financial Planning and Analytics

Bringing a background in banking combined with a degree in real estate/finance to the JDA Group, Timothy Connell is able to blend a personalized approach with effective financial strategy to ensure continuous growth of the organization. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Timothy was a core member of the leadership team responsible for restructuring leases, identifying financial opportunities to sustain operations, and creating emergency plans to protect the organization’s assets. Much of his success stemmed from his commitment to being honest and transparent with stakeholders, and it is this mindset that allows Timothy to contribute to the family-minded culture featured at JDA Group. Starting from a place of trust, challenges can be resolved in a way that empowers all parties and strengthens partnerships.

Timothy is a proactive leader, guiding strategy and financial discussions by preparing for potential opportunities and risks. As Wayne Gretzky said, “Some people skate to the puck. I skate to where the puck is going to be.” By keeping an eye on the future, Timothy has been a key player in the entitlement process in both Jersey City and Hoboken, as well as during the expansion and rebranding of Mission 50. His role is to provide key insights and metrics to showcase financial feasibility and to enable data-driven decision-making when planning for development activities and the future success of JDA Group.

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Robyn Smith

Vice President of Operations

For Robyn Smith, effective teams start with finding the best talent, and she has brought that philosophy to JDA Group to identify and secure leaders who can help bring the organization’s core values to life. With 20+ years in the real estate development/property management space, Robyn knows that market conditions and tenant/client needs change quickly; having the best team focused on a cohesive vision can mitigate challenges created by these changes.  She currently reports directly to the CEO on establishing goals and vision for the organization, leveraging financial and operational performance metrics to ensure that those objectives are met.

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