Alberto Goncalves, principal of GonSosa Development, was honored by the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County at the 27th Annual HLEAUC Gala, October 27, at the Galloping Hill Golf Course.

Goncalves, a real estate developer, has devoted his career spanning 18 years to developing projects that help improve and sustain neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey’s urban communities. He strongly believes in the community he serves. Since it was established in 2001, GonSosa has helped to develop or rehabilitate more than 1,000 units. These projects range between $200,000 to $20 million. Goncalves has created more than 250 jobs through ownership of three Retro Fitness franchises, two Burger Kings (since sold), and two private restaurants.

Outside the office, Goncalves continues his commitment to the community by serving as chair of Restore Ministries, a community, faith-based, nonprofit organization, based in Elizabeth. He previously served on the boards of the County of Union Workforce Investment Board/Union County One Stop Center – State of New Jersey and the Union County Latino American Chambers of Commerce. 

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“I am humbled and so appreciative to be chosen as one of 2018 honorees by the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association,” said Goncalves. “As a Hispanic, I am proud to represent my community whose hard-working members contribute so much to this country. These officers are especially dedicated to serving our society and making it better. To be acknowledged by them with this award makes it especially gratifying.”

GonSosa Development is a commercial real estate company. Its principals have a combined 32 years of experience. Their extensive resume of successful development and construction projects has yielded their reputation for excellence among their investors and community leaders. Their approach lies in their land acquisition, expertise in zoning, financing and regulations to bring the real estate development project to reality. GonSosa was founded in 2001 as a general contractor and steadily grew to development by 2006. In 2014, R. GonSosa Development Inc. and A. GonSosa Enterprises Inc. was formed.

The Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County, Inc. (HLEAUC, Inc.) is a non-profit organization comprised of law enforcement officers and friends in the County of Union, NJ; established in September of 1991. Their mission is to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the Hispanic community, to reaffirm commitment to diversity in employment and to promote integrity and professionalism in law enforcement. Central to their mission is the formation of partnerships with education and civic community groups.