Arlene Gonnella

Began her career in business at Bankers Trust Com
pany in 1978, after graduating from Vassar College in 3 years.  While working at Merrill Lynch, Arlene decided to leave finance and become a real estate agent.

In 1985 Arlene began her career in real estate.  She spent fifteen years, working for Distinctive Properties and then Prudential Properties, learning and mastering the Short Hills, Millburn market.

In 2000 Arlene moved to Weichert Realtors where she has remained, producing over 1 billion dollars worth of real estate transactions in 13 years.

Arlene has received many industry accolades.  Ranked #1 Agent in Millburn/Short Hills market for 11 years! 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011,  2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Meaning she represented more buyers and sellers than any other agent in Millburn-Short Hills.

She was also named the #1 Agent in the National Company of Weichert, Realtors for 12 years meaning she is #1 out of approximately 18,000 agents!  Arlene’s 30 years of experience and expertise is simply unmatched.  She is incredibly patient and will move heaven and earth to help you!

Arlene is a supporter of the Valerie fund, St. Barnabas Hospital, AJC- Global Jewish Advocacy, Paper Mill Playhouse, Robin Hood Foundation, Millburn Film Festival, Family Promise, and the Cyan Gray Foundation. The cause closest to her heart is Avon Walk for breast cancer. She has helped raise $150,000 to date & walked 39 miles in  Santa Barbara in 2012, in San Francisco in 2013, in Chicago in 2014 (where her daughter, Trish, was the keynote speaker), and will be walking in New York in October!

Tom GonnellaTom Gonnella

Graduated from Princeton University in 1976 and built a four bedroom colonial in Brewster, Cape Cod with his father.

He gravitated to Wall Street in 1977 and traded for institutional desks at Salomon & CSFB until 1994. Tom then made the switch to Financial Advisor and was employed by DLJ and Morgan Stanley until mid-2007.

Tom teamed up with Arlene, his wife of 31 years, in 2007 and has enjoyed his new career as a Realtor.

Tom’s use of thorough mathematical comparisons, complete knowledge of the Short Hills vicinity and detailed knowledge of construction bring a tremendous added value to our clients.

Tricia Gonnella

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After graduating from Vassar College in 2003 Tricia worked in feature film production. Originally working for Michael Mailer Films in NYC and then, after moving to LA and earning her MFA from the prestigious USC Peter Stark Producing Program, for Miramax Films and most recently as a creative executive at Walt Disney Motion Pictures.

In 2011 Tricia was diagnosed with breast cancer but she didn’t let it get her down. While fighting her own battle she decided to help others fight theirs and has raised over $150,000 for the Avon Foundation to-date. Walking 29 miles in Santa Barbara in 2012 and 39 miles in San Francisco in 2013, Tricia walked 39 miles again in 2014 in Chicago to raise funds for Avon. In Chicago, Tricia was the speaker for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Tricia departed Disney and Los Angeles cancer-free in early 2013 to join the Gonnella Team. Tricia is involved with fundraising for St.Barnabas Hospital Cancer Center and The Valerie Fund. Tricia knows the true meaning of living and truly wants to help people find the home that fits their lives.

Lauren Gonnella

Lauren Gonnella

Lauren earned her degree at Middlebury College in 2005. She then went on to earn her Master’s in adolescent education. Lauren taught English Language Arts for 8 years and coached basketball in the Bronx before moving back to New Jersey with her husband to raise their daughter. Lauren and Brian were drawn to Summit because of the amazing schools, community and, of course, the proximity to Grandma and Grandpa. They are members of the YMCA, organizing a co-ed adult basketball team this season. (Let them know if you are interested) Lauren takes Olivia to wonderful mommy and me activities in the area such as music, art, storytime, and swim class. Her experience settling in here with a child will be hugely beneficial to our clients looking to make Millburn, Short Hills, or Summit their home.

Carly's head shotCarly Kennedy

Graduated from Seton Hall University in 2002 with a BA in Communications and went on to begin her career at a local media buying agency. Carly earned the title of Promotions Director, and in her decade of experience she mastered negotiating skills and became very in tune with clients’ needs.

Born and raised in Millburn, Carly was involved with her family’s construction business growing up, and has always been very interested in houses. After purchasing her first home in Springfield, NJ in 2011, it was clear that real estate would be in her future.

Carly and her husband, Rich, were blessed with twins in May of 2012. Annabel and Ryan arrived early, and spent their first months in the amazing NICU at St. Barnabas Medical Center. The Kennedy family is forever grateful, and helps raise funds for the NICU through the annual Miracle Walk.

Carly joined the Gonnella Team in early 2014, and focuses on helping buyers find their perfect fit in Millburn, Short Hills, Springfield and Summit.

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Jenni received her Bachelors degree in Merchandising Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.  After graduating with honors, Jenni sharpened her skills in investing, negotiating, and client relationships in world offinance.  Her first position was at the Marwood Group/US Imaging where her top client recruited her to become a Corporate Bonds Broker at Cantor Fitzgerald.  Jenni finished out her finance career at Wunderlich Securities.

Most recently, Jenni has found a way to combine her passion for design, architecture, and keen negotiating by buying, renovating, and selling homes with her husband.  The experience of designing, and selling homes has allowed her to connect with clients on a personal level.

Jenni resides in Milburn, NJ with her husband, Joe, and her son Wyatt.  Wyatt has a little brother on the way!

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Amy brings a rare combination of analytical, real estate and sales experience to her role as a Sales Associate with the Gonnella Team at Weichert, Realtors Short Hills office.

In 2009, Amy became a New Jersey real estate salesperson, primarily because of her passion for real estate and love of her community.  She enjoys meeting new people, envisioning a home’s potential, and exceeding her clients’ high expectations.

Beginning her career in public accounting, Amy gained detailed knowledge of all types of business operations.  She later worked in the private sector for both a real estate investment management company and a real estate law firm.  After a decade on the business side, Amy pursued a career in telecom sales where she immediately excelled.  As a top producer, her superior performance earned her President’s Club recognition each year.

Amy attributes her success to her attention to detail, real estate knowledge, business acumen, and most importantly, the trust she earns from her clients.

Amy joined the Gonnella Team in 2016 because it shares her client-focused philosophy.  Amy will work tirelessly to ensure that her clients find homes that meet their needs and fulfill their dreams!

A native New Yorker, Amy and her husband moved to Short Hills in 2004 to raise their young daughter.  They are active members of the Short Hills community.

Margo Kizel

Margo is an excellent salesperson with impeccable people skills. She is perseverant, engaging, caring, and a tough negotiator who will protect your best interests in securing the right deal for your home.

Having been a business owner and in the sales industry for over 30 years, Margo is extremely sociable and loves to help people in all situations. In real estate, and in her personal life, she is known as the go-to girl if someone seeks advice or wants something done.

“Sales is essentially a service business that involves going above and beyond to know your product, and cater to your client. When you choose me as your agent, I will focus on your needs and find your perfect home, making sure every detail is handled properly every step of the way.”

Margo resides in Short Hills where she raised her 3 beautiful children. Margo also is an avid athlete as she has run the New York City Marathon. In addition, she has a passion for skiing and swimming. She is a seasoned traveler and spent one year abroad in New Zealand as a rotary scholar!

Giving Back to The Short Hills Millburn Community

The Gonnella Team loves the community it lives and works in, and we try our best to support the local community. Every year we give to the following local organizations:

  • CANCERcare of New Jersey, Help and Hope
  • Walk NJ, supports cancer research and development of cancer medications
  • Valerie Fund, supports children battling cancer and blood disorders
  • Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills
  • Paper Mill Playhouse, local theater
  • Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills
  • Millburn Sports Foundation
  • Down the Block, Inc., organization that can step in to pay a bill for a Township resident experiencing unforeseen financial need.
  • Millburn Film Festival
  • St. Barnabas Hospital
  • Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad
  • Newark Academy Students via the Newark Academy Winter Benefit