New Brunswick, New Jersey is the home of Rutgers University. Most people know that fact. And as Bloomberg says, tthey also know Johnson and Johnson, the giant consumer product company, is headquartered in New Brunswick. What people don’t know about this fascinating city is the first intercollegiate football game was played there in 1869. Rutgers played Princeton. Downtown New Brunswick was a social center in those days. And the city kept its social status until the exodus to the suburbs started in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Downtown New Brunswick lost its social luster in the middle of the 20th century. The old buildings started to rot from abuse and neglect. Drug Lords ruled the streets, and gangs battled for the nasty turf that was once a thriving retail environment. State and city officials didn’t know what to do with the deteriorating downtown area. Investors stayed away from any project that involved New Brunswick’s inner city.
But there was one investor who saw potential in New Brunswick. Omar Boraie, the Egyptian chemist, and scholar took a chance on the city in the 1970s. Boraie purchased property on Albany Street, and his company, Boraie Development LLC, started a major restoration project downtown. When Albany Plaza One was completed in 1983, city officials were nervous about the appeal of the Boraie building. New Brunswick wasn’t New York, but the Boraie building was a New York style building. It didn’t take long for city officials to change their mind. The building sold out in two months. The first Boraie building started a building tidal wave downtown, and Sam Boraie, the second son of Omar, is riding high on that tidal wave. Sam is the current face of Boraie Development. But Sam Boraie is much more than a face associated with a company. He is a humanitarian, entrepreneur, theater lover, and charitable philanthropist.
Sam Boraie’s credentials don’t reflect all the attributes that are part of Sam’s persona. He sits on the board of Elijah’s Promise, the organization that feeds the hungry. And he is also a member of the Advisory Board of the New Brunswick State Theater. He is a vice-president of his family’s business, and he is active in other community projects. But Sam is also a dedicated family man who wants to make a difference by showing rather than doing. That’s why he teamed up with Shaq O’Neil on the One Riverview residential project in Newark. And that’s why he was so excited to break ground on the Beach at South Inlet apartment complex in Atlantic City. Those two projects, along with the New Brunswick projects, are changing the face of New Jersey. Sam doesn’t just talk about change like some of Jersey’s politicians, he lives for change.
Sam Boraie (https://www.crunchbase.com/person/sam-boraie#/entity) is a New Jersey’s entrepreneur who puts the needs of others before his own. All the work he’s done, and the work he’s doing, is a reflection of the characteristics that were instilled in him by his family. There are talkers and there are doers in the world. Sam Boraie is a doer.