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  • J.M. Schapiro

    Chief Executive Officer

    J.M. Schapiro - Chief Executive Officer

    J.M. Schapiro

    Chief Executive Officer

    J.M. started at Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 1991 and was responsible for financing, leasing, and development of all property types. From 1995 to 1998, J.M. was the Vice President of real estate for Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. J.M. returned to CRC in 1998 as the CEO. J.M. heads the executive management team and oversees long-term and strategic planning for the company. J.M. has a B.A. from Bucknell University and an M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University.

     

  • David P. Donato

    Chief Operating Officer

    David P. Donato - Chief Operating Officer

    David P. Donato

    Chief Operating Officer

    David joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2000 in the role of a leasing agent. Having worked in commercial brokerage and for a publicly traded REIT in addition to his time at CRC, David has extensive experience representing landlords in real estate transactions. As Senior Vice President for CRC he oversees all aspects of leasing and property management on both the commercial and residential portfolio. David has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Loyola University Maryland.

  • Crystal R. Frey

    Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Shared Services

    Crystal R. Frey - Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Shared Services

    Crystal R. Frey

    Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Shared Services

    Crystal joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2011 and serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources & Shared Services after heading Human Resources for Marcor Environmental for 16 years. Crystal is responsible for team member recruitment, retention, engagement and development, as well as, maintaining legal HR requirements and benefits for CRC. She has a B.S. from Salisbury University with and an M.B.A. with a concentration in HR from the University of Baltimore. She also holds several professional certifications in HR and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management’s Advocacy A-Team.

  • Nicholas F. McCoy

    Senior Vice President & General Counsel

    Nicholas F. McCoy - Senior Vice President & General Counsel

    Nicholas F. McCoy

    Senior Vice President & General Counsel

    Nick joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2002. He directs the in-house legal department and manages outside law firms in all legal aspects related to CRC’s projects. Prior to joining CRC, Nick played a major role in the successful restructuring of a financially distressed public REIT and the work-out, re-positioning, and eventual sale of a $ 1.5 billion-plus insurance company real estate mortgage portfolio. A member of the Maryland Bar, Nick has a J.D. from the University of Baltimore, and a B.A. and an M.B.A from Loyola University Maryland.

  • Josh Dinstein

    Senior Vice President, Acquisitions

    Josh Dinstein - Senior Vice President, Acquisitions

    Josh Dinstein

    Senior Vice President, Acquisitions

    Josh joined Continental Realty Corp. in July 2020 and leads the CRC retail acquisition team in the sourcing and acquisition of retail properties. Prior to joining CRC, Josh served as managing director at Garrison Investment Group, where he oversaw retail property investment, strategy, development, leasing, management and disposition. Earlier he was a portfolio manager in the special situations group at Kimco Realty Corporation, where he was responsible for investing in distressed retailers and grocery chains. Josh earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Urban Land Institute and the Turnaround Management Association.

  • Ari C. Abramson

    Vice President, Acquisitions

    Ari C. Abramson - Vice President, Acquisitions

    Ari C. Abramson

    Vice President, Acquisitions

    Ari joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2016 and serves as the Vice President of Acquisitions.  In his role, he focuses on multifamily acquisitions and dispositions throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions, manages broker/owner relationships, and oversees the underwriting and due diligence process.  Prior to joining CRC, Ari worked at Alex. Brown Realty, Stifel Nicolaus, Townsend Capital, and Legg Mason.  Ari is a Board Member of the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), where he is member of the Member Engagement Committee and former Chairman of the Emerging Leaders Committee.  Mr. Abramson is a full member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) where he serves as the Vice Chair of the Multifamily Blue Product Council and active in the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NARIEM).  He is also the Co-Chair of the Real Estate Industry Group for The Associated: Community Federation of Baltimore.  Ari has a B.A. in Business and Economics from Muhlenberg College and a M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School.

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  • Haley A. Donato

    Vice President, Asset Management

    Haley A. Donato - Vice President, Asset Management

    Haley A. Donato

    Vice President, Asset Management

    Haley joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2012. Haley oversees all aspects of the asset management department and finance department. Haley and her teams are responsible for executing on the investment, disposition and financing strategies across the company’s multi-family and commercial portfolio. Her team also focuses on data-driven innovation efforts including business intelligence, data analytics and data science to help deliver exceptional investment results. Prior to CRC Haley worked in banking in her home state of Colorado. She is an alumna of Santa Clara University with a degree in Finance and holds her Masters in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Scott M. Hamlin

    Vice President, Multifamily

    Scott M. Hamlin - Vice President, Multifamily

    Scott M. Hamlin

    Vice President, Multifamily

    Scott joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2016 and currently serves as the Vice President for the Multifamily Division. In this role, Scott oversees the Operations, Lease Administration, and Construction Departments. Prior to joining CRC, Scott worked with multifamily and mixed-use communities for The Bozzuto Group and The Dolben Company. Scott is a Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) with the National Apartment Association and has a B.S. in Property Management from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland.

  • Lauren M. Wayne

    Vice President, Accounting

    Lauren M. Wayne - Vice President, Accounting

    Lauren M. Wayne

    Vice President, Accounting

    Lauren joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2010.  Lauren oversees all management and operations of the accounting department including cash management, financial functions, accounts payable, external reporting, and strategic planning.  Additional responsibilities include external investor reporting and distributions, compliance with operating agreements, and audits. Prior to joining CRC, Lauren worked at Sterling Partners and PricewaterhouseCoopers and has extensive experience in accounting and reporting for private equity funds. Lauren is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Amanda Kimbers

    Senior Investor Relations Associate

    Amanda Kimbers - Senior Investor Relations Associate

    Amanda Kimbers

    Senior Investor Relations Associate

    Amanda joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2020 as Senior Investor Relations Associate. She has assumed the responsibility of various communications, organizational and fundraising initiatives impacting the diverse mix of investors with interests in the Continental Realty Corporation family of private equity funds. Prior to joining CRC, Amanda was Senior Associate, Global Product Development and Strategy at LaSalle Investment Management Securities in Baltimore, MD. Amanda holds a BA and MPS from Georgetown University.

  • Rick E. Diamond

    Senior Director of Construction, Multifamily

    Rick E. Diamond - Senior Director of Construction, Multifamily

    Rick E. Diamond

    Senior Director of Construction, Multifamily

    Rick joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2007 and currently serves as the Senior Director of Construction for the Multifamily Division.  In this role, he is responsible for the management and guidance of the multifamily construction department.  Rick oversees all large capital projects throughout the CRC portfolio and participates in the due diligence and assessment of all new assets.  Rick has served as a member of the Maryland Multi-Housing Association (MMHA) and is currently an instructor for CRU (Continental Realty University), CRC’s in-house university. Prior to joining CRC, Rick worked as a Construction Project Manager for national home builders, Ryan Homes, and Toll Brothers for 18 years after graduating from Salisbury University.

  • JD Brakefield, Jr.

    Director of Property Management, Commercial

    JD Brakefield, Jr. - Director of Property Management, Commercial

    JD Brakefield, Jr.

    Director of Property Management, Commercial

    JD joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2017 as the Director of Commercial Property Management. JD is responsible for the management and operations of the Mid-Atlantic & Southeast commercial portfolio.  Prior to joining CRC, JD worked with retail and mixed-use properties for The Rappaport Companies, PREIT and Elysian Partners. JD holds a B.S. degree in Real Estate from Clarion University and is a Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

  • Matt J. McNeeley

    Director of Talent Management

    Matt J. McNeeley - Director of Talent Management

    Matt J. McNeeley

    Director of Talent Management

    Matt joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Talent Management. In this position, Matt is involved in areas such as recruiting, learning and development, workforce planning, team member engagement and retention. Matt earned a B.S. in Mass Communications from Towson University, a Masters in Organizational Development from Mount St. Mary’s and has 20 years of human resources experience in the real-estate industry.

  • Jeff D. Rines

    Senior Director of Information Technology

    Jeff D. Rines - Senior Director of Information Technology

    Jeff D. Rines

    Senior Director of Information Technology

    Jeff Rines joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 1998 as a Network Administrator. In his current role, as the Director of Information Systems, Jeff heads a team of IT professionals who are responsible for the network security and infrastructure of the organization’s technological environment.  Jeff is heavily involved in the day-to-day technology needs of the organization, working with team members to design solutions that provide better workflow, enhanced communication and improved processes.  Jeff has spearheaded several software implementations including the organization’s conversion to Yardi and Microsoft SharePoint.  Jeff is a member of the CRU Advisory Board, providing support, guidance and expertise to the technological needs of an in-house university.

  • Stephen M. Roenick

    Director of Finance & Taxation

    Stephen M. Roenick - Director of Finance & Taxation

    Stephen M. Roenick

    Director of Finance & Taxation

    Steve joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2015.  He coordinates all acquisition financings, manages and refinances existing CRC loans, and oversees all income tax reporting activity. Prior to CRC in public accounting, Steve focused on income tax compliance and planning for high net worth individuals and families, as well as financial statement preparation in a variety of industries.  Steve is a Certified Public Accountant, has a B.S. in Accounting from Towson University, and has an M.B.A. from Loyola University Maryland.

  • Belinda L. Torres

    Corporate Marketing Director

    Belinda L. Torres - Corporate Marketing Director

    Belinda L. Torres

    Corporate Marketing Director

    Belinda joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2012 after serving as the Director of Marketing for Hirschfield Properties’ residential division. Belinda has over 25 years of strategic marketing and expert leasing experience. She is responsible for the conception and implementation of all corporate marketing and branding initiatives. As such Belinda oversees all creative projects for commercial, residential and human resources. Belinda developed the current social media plan for the company and continues to grow CRC’s social engagement. In addition to her corporate marketing responsibilities, Belinda serves as the leader of the training team and is the Dean of the Leasing College for Continental Realty University (CRU). Belinda has designed and implemented numerous training courses related to sales, customer service, social media, lead management, software systems and policy procedures. Belinda holds a B.S. in Business Communications from Stevenson University.

  • Amy L. Asuquo

    Director of Property Management, Multifamily

    Amy L. Asuquo - Director of Property Management, Multifamily

    Amy L. Asuquo

    Director of Property Management, Multifamily

    Amy joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2009 and currently serves as Director of Property Management for the Multifamily Division. In this role, Amy is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of multifamily community operations. Previously, Amy worked at CRC in positions ranging from Leasing Specialist to Community Manager and Regional Portfolio Manager. Amy is active in and sits on the Executive Committee for the Maryland Multi-Housing Association. Amy also holds a Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) designation from the National Apartment Association and a B.S. from Towson University.

  • Dana L. Ricks

    Regional Portfolio Manager, Multifamily

    Dana L. Ricks - Regional Portfolio Manager, Multifamily

    Dana L. Ricks

    Regional Portfolio Manager, Multifamily

    Dana joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2004 as a Leasing Specialist. During her tenure at CRC, she has served as an Executive Assistant to the VP of Residential Management and a Community Manager. She was promoted to the role of Regional Portfolio Manager in 2012 and currently oversees the North Carolina portfolio and assets in Baltimore, MD. Dana holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from Morgan State University. She is a member of the Maryland Multi-Housing Association and holds a Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor designation.

  • Melanie M. Allender

    Regional Portfolio Manager, Multifamily

    Melanie M. Allender - Regional Portfolio Manager, Multifamily

    Melanie M. Allender

    Regional Portfolio Manager, Multifamily

    Melanie joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2016 as a Regional Portfolio Manager for a multi-state portfolio with over 20 years’ experience in property management. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Baltimore. Melanie is a Certified Apartment Manager and Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor through the National Apartment Association. She is primarily responsible for overseeing daily operations throughout her geographically diverse portfolio in Maryland and Virginia.

  • Cindy Odom

    Regional Portfolio Manager

    Cindy Odom - Regional Portfolio Manager

    Cindy Odom

    Regional Portfolio Manager

    Cindy joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2019 from Greystar as a Senior Community Manager with over 20 years’ experience in property management. She has previously held the position of Regional Manager over a student housing portfolio and is experienced in working with both institutional and private owner clients. She currently holds a seat on the Executive Committee for the local chapter of the National Apartment Association and is a legislative delegate for the Association as well as a recent leadership lyceum graduate. Cindy attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, is a certified paralegal and received her CAM license from The State of Florida. She is primarily responsible for overseeing daily operations throughout her geographically diverse portfolio in the Southeast Region.

  • David N. Hoyle

    Regional Portfolio Manager, Multifamily

    David N. Hoyle - Regional Portfolio Manager, Multifamily

    David N. Hoyle

    Regional Portfolio Manager, Multifamily

    David joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2017 as a Regional Portfolio Manager in the Multifamily Division. In his current role, David is responsible for overseeing the management and daily operations of multiple communities throughout Maryland. Prior to joining CRC, David spent 16 years managing residential and mixed-use communities for Home Properties, Morgan Properties, and Archstone-Smith. David is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and an active member of the Maryland Multi-Housing Association’s Legislative Committee.

  • J. Blake Dickinson

    Director of Commercial Leasing

    J. Blake Dickinson -  Director of Commercial Leasing

    J. Blake Dickinson

    Director of Commercial Leasing

    Blake joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2008 as a Leasing Coordinator. In his current role of Senior Leasing Manager, Blake directs leasing activities at retail and office properties located throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. This involves developing and implementing tailored marketing strategies, analyzing the merits of potential transactions, and negotiating new leases, renewals, and assignments with local, regional, and national tenants. In addition, Blake also is responsible for coaching and managing multiple members of the commercial leasing team. An active participant in International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Blake has completed a diverse set of commercial leases with experience ranging from retail pad sites to full-service office space. Blake received a B.A. from Dickinson College in 2008 and a M.B.A. from Loyola University Maryland in 2015.

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  • Sandra C. King

    Senior Property Manager, Commercial

    Sandra C. King - Senior Property Manager, Commercial

    Sandra C. King

    Senior Property Manager, Commercial

    Sandra joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2019 as the Senior Property Manager for the Commercial Division. In her role, she will oversee the day-to-day property management functions for 16 retail shopping centers contained throughout the Florida, South Carolina and Maryland areas. Her responsibilities will include directing the activities of third-party vendors, overseeing tenant relations, preparing and managing annual budgets and handling related assignments that assures the long-term value of each asset.  Prior to joining CRC, Sandra worked with retail and mixed-use properties for The Rappaport Companies, Federal Realty Investment Trust and Divaris Real Estate.

  • Kristina K. O’Keefe

    Director of Commercial Leasing

    Kristina K. O’Keefe -  Director of Commercial Leasing

    Kristina K. O’Keefe

    Director of Commercial Leasing

    Kristina joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2009 as a Senior Leasing Associate.  Prior to CRC, she was a member of the retail team at CB Richard Ellis, where she represented Landlords in real estate transactions.  In the role of Leasing Manager, Kristina manages all aspects of leasing for multiple out of state commercial properties in the CRC portfolio.  Kristina holds a B.A. from Denison University, is a member of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) since 2002.

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  • Kelsi B. Holman

    Leasing Manager, Commercial

    Kelsi B. Holman - Leasing Manager, Commercial

    Kelsi B. Holman

    Leasing Manager, Commercial

    Kelsi joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2017 as a Leasing Associate.  Prior to joining CRC, she managed global real estate transactions and provided real estate consulting services for Fortune 500 companies while working at Fischer and Company in Dallas, TX.  Kelsi holds a B.A. from Georgetown University where she was a member and team Captain of the Georgetown Division I Women’s Lacrosse team.  She is also an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

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  • Cherene L. Keenan

    Leasing Manager, Commercial

    Cherene L. Keenan - Leasing Manager, Commercial

    Cherene L. Keenan

    Leasing Manager, Commercial

    Cherene joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2012 as a Commercial Leasing Associate.  Cherene currently oversees the leasing efforts for Maryland and Florida commercial properties.  Since joining CRC she has successfully completed new deals and renewals with several national and local retailers, office users and restaurant operators. Cherene previously worked for KLNB brokerage firm and has experience in both commercial and residential sales.  Cherene has a B.A. from New Paltz University and is an active member of several local chambers of commerce, NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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  • Melissa E. Sweeney

    Leasing Manager, Commercial

    Melissa E. Sweeney - Leasing Manager, Commercial

    Melissa E. Sweeney

    Leasing Manager, Commercial

    Melissa joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2010.  In her current role of Leasing Associate, her primary focus is leasing the Maryland retail portfolio. She is responsible for over 1.3 million square feet of retail and office leasing.  Melissa’s leasing experience includes Landlord representation of transactions with local, regional, and national tenants.  Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington.  She is also an active member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and NAIOP.

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  • Dominique M. Threatt

    Leasing Associate, Commercial

    Dominique M. Threatt - Leasing Associate, Commercial

    Dominique M. Threatt

    Leasing Associate, Commercial

    Dominique joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2012 as a Multifamily Leasing Specialist and was quickly promoted to Community Manager. Dominique had an impressive track record of performance and noteworthy economic occupancy results. Prior to joining CRC, Dominique had several years of experience managing brick-and-mortar stores for three national retailers – Aldo Shoes, DSW, and Francesca’s.  Dominique holds a B.A. from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Advisory Board

  • J. Mark Schapiro

    Co-Chairman

    J. Mark Schapiro - Co-Chairman

    J. Mark Schapiro

    Co-Chairman

    One of the pioneers in Baltimore’s urban development, J. Mark Schapiro is the son of Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) founder, Marvin S. Schapiro. Mark’s career with CRC began in 1964. Mark has overseen CRC’s multifamily acquisition and development program and actively managed the theater division before it was sold in 1988. Mark has served on numerous mayoral task forces and committees, as a Trustee for the Baltimore Museum of Art, on the Board of Sinai Hospital, and was President of the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore from 1994-1996. Mark is a graduate of Baltimore City College and has a law degree from the University of Baltimore.

  • John A. Luetkemeyer

    Co-Chairman

    John A. Luetkemeyer - Co-Chairman

    John A. Luetkemeyer

    Co-Chairman

    Jack joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 1979 after serving as a former Treasurer of the City of Baltimore and commercial banker for Equitable Trust Company. Jack was responsible for the start of CRC’s Commercial Division and the CR Restaurant Division. Jack has served as a Chairman of the Commissioners of Finance of the City of Baltimore. After serving as a Trustee for several local private schools, Jack is currently a Trustee of McDonogh School and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. He is a Director and President of Rollins–Luetkemeyer Foundation. Jack is a graduate of Williams College and has an M.B.A. from New York University.

Partner

  • Lawrence G. Rief

    Partner

    Lawrence G. Rief - Partner

    Lawrence G. Rief

    Partner

    Lawrence joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 1985. He specializes in the creative redevelopment of existing buildings, land development, and new construction. Lawrence has revitalized over 60 buildings ranging in size from 33,000 to 650,000 square feet during his 40-year career in commercial real estate.