Lawyer's Clearinghouse, which engages the legal community in pro bono work for nonprofits and homeless and low-income clients, recently presented The Schochet Companies President Richard J. Henken with the Stephen M. Nolan Leadership Award at its 32nd annual meeting (which took place virtually).
Henken officially joined Schochet as its Executive Vice President in 1997, after having been affiliated with, and an advisor to, the company for more than a decade. In 2004, Mr. Henken became President of Schochet Companies including Schochet Development, Schochet Investments, and Schochet Property Management. Since joining the company Mr. Henken has been responsible for closing transactions valued in excess of $400 million, including the acquisition and preservation as affordable of 2,800+ apartments in 16 developments.
Event Chair Nick Moise, senior vice president and director of commercial real estate at Eastern Banks, said, “I don’t think there is another person in the industry as generous and as thoughtful as Rick when it comes to stepping up to the plate. If I have a cause that I need some help with, Rick has been my first call over the years. He’s a great guy and a great friend.”
Henken sits on several Boards, including the Catholic Schools Foundation Inner City Scholarship Fund where he is past President; the Rental Housing Association of Greater Boston Real Estate Board, where he is past President, past chair of the Affordable Housing Committee, and past Chairman; Hebrew Senior Life, where he cochairs its Senior Living Committee; B’nai B’rith Housing; the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University; Jewish Family Services of Metrowest; New Lease for Homeless Families; and Discovering Justice. He is a member of the Economics Advisory Board of the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
He previously received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award of the Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; the 2012 Retirement Housing Foundation Friend of the Elderly Award; the 2012 B’nai B’rith Housing Distinguished Achievement Award; and the 2017 Rental Housing Association President’s Award for Industry Excellence.