May 19, 1992, Tuesday
SECTION: Financial News
DATELINE: WASHINGTON, May 19
Administrator Richard G. Austin of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) said today Milton Herson, a New Jersey real estate attorney and developer, has been named commissioner of GSA's Public Buildings Service (PBS). The appointment was effective May 6.
Herson is responsible for the management of GSA's largest organizational unit comprised of some 9,500 employees and an annual budget of $3 billion. As PBS commissioner, Herson oversees an inventory of more than 7,400 GSA-owned or leased building nationwide housing nearly 1 million federal workers.
Since 1986 Herson served as vice president of real estate for Loews Theatre Management Corp. in Secaucus, N.J., where he was responsible for the expansion by acquisition and development of the theater chain. From 1963 to 1986 Herson was president and chief executive officer of Music Makers Group, Inc., where his responsibilities included supervising the construction of new theaters and the renovation of existing ones. The company also was involved in raw land acquisition and the building of single family homes.
While at Music Makers Herson also founded Mark Century Corp., a syndication firm that serviced more than 500 radio and television stations worldwide.
Herson was appointed by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean to serve on the Urban Enterprise Zone Commission -- an effort to encourage business growth through grants to New Jersey communities. He also served on the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in New Jersey.
Herson attended Brooklyn College and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1952. He and his wife reside in New York City where she is the producer and host of "The Arlene Herson Show," an award-winning, nationally syndicated cable television show. The couple's two children live in the Washington metro area.