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Leadership

Richard Alter

President & Chief Executive Officer

RICHARD ALTER joined the firm in 1971 and was named President in 1987. He oversees all corporate operations, with primary focus on the development department he created in the 1970’s to complement the firm’s other business lines.

Richard spearheaded the company’s growth originating in Howard County with over $500 million in development with subsequent funding a result the firm’s joint venture with Copley Real Estate Advisors, the first of a series of institutional capital partners. Through this relationship the firm expanded to adjacent counties and states ultimately developing more than 10 million square feet of property throughout the Baltimore/Washington region, including the I-70 corridor and Northern Virginia.

Under Richard Alter, Manekin continued it growth into a provider of third-party real estate services and transitioning the company from a family-owned business into the preeminent institutional capital partner it is today.

Active in the community, Mr. Alter serves on the Johns Hopkins Heart Institute Initiative Advisory Council, M&T Bank’s Northeast Directors Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors for Hopkins Federal Savings Bank, Sinai Hospital, Shoresh, and Beth Tfiloh Congregation.  Previously he served on the Baltimore City Housing Partnership, Maryland School of Law Board of Visitors, as well as the Boards of Harbor Bank, Levindale Geriatric Hospital and the Maryland Heart Association.

Mr. Alter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Brown University, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland Law School

Cole Schnorf

Senior Vice President and Director of Development

COLE SCHNORF joined the firm in 1986 and serves as Senior Vice President/Director of Development.  In this role he has direct oversight for specific projects, oversees the department's budget and serves as a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.  During his tenure he has steered the company in its development of over 2.5 million square feet of speculative office/research and development space, corporate build to suits and industrial parks throughout the Baltimore/Washington Corridor.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Schnorf served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Sonat, Inc. in the mergers and acquisition department.

Active in the industry as part President of the Maryland NAIOP chapter and particapnt in the national forums, Cole has co-chaired the United Way Howard County Campaign and served on the boards of ARC of Howard County (past President), Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Business Education Partnerships, and a member of the Howard County Economic Indicators Committee. Additionally, he is a graduate of Leadership Howard County, as well as a Boy Scout leader.

Mr. Schnorf received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Owen Rouse

Senior Vice President, Director, Capital Markets

OWEN ROUSE joined the firm in 1995 is responsible for the identification of equity sources that align with the profile of the firm’s projects, new business development, capital relationship management and ongoing asset management oversight for the firm’s joint ventures.

In his prior roles with Manekin, Owen grew an investment sales platform responsible for over $500 million in transactions and oversaw 23 commercial real estate brokers in three of the company. Prior to Manekin, he was part of the ABKB/LaSalle Investment Management pl;atforn, deploying pension fund capital through advised relationships nationwide.  His extensive career in commercial real estate has covered several disciplines including lending, acquisition, disposition, construction, appraisal, portfolio management, loan workouts and various consulting assignments.

A former president of the local chapter of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, Mr. Rouse served as 2010 President of CORFAC International, one of world’s largest commercial real estate services organizations.

Mr. Rouse holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Urban Planning from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) and a M.B.A. from the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola College in Maryland.

John Graham

Managing Director, Manekin Advisors, LLC

JOHN GRAHAM is a Managing Director and Principal with Manekin Investment Services, LLC, a commercial real estate investment company. 

Prior to forming Manekin Investment Services, LLC, he was the managing member of Claverhouse Advisors, LLC, a real estate consulting firm which focused on real estate operations, investment, and capital formation. Claverhouse clients included Goldman Sachs/Whitehall Fund, Archon Group, Deloitte Touche, WP Commercial, Manekin LLC, MRP Realty and Blue Obrecht. 

Mr. Graham also served as the Washington, DC Regional Director for First Industrial Realty Trust and as president and founding partner of NPV/Direct Invest, a real estate securities syndication and operating company in partnership with Lehman Brothers.  He was also a Senior Vice President and General Manager of Emmes Realty Services, a New York based Real Estate Investment Company where he ran Mid-Atlantic operations. 

Mr. Graham serves on the President’s Council for Mount Saint Mary’s University and the board of trustees of Christian Counseling Center of Annapolis. He holds an MS in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Business and Finance from Mount Saint Mary’s University where he teaches in the MBA program of the Bolte School of Business, Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Sam Neuberger

Development Counsel

SAMUEL NEUBERGER joined the firm in 2013 and serves as Development Counsel. Samuel received a JD from the University of Maryland and a BS in Business Management from the Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to joining Manekin, Samuel served as a Judicial Law Clerk at United States District Court for the District of Maryland and as Legislative Fellow with the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Samuel serves on the Board of the Johns Hopkins University Hillel, The Associated Charities Investment Committee, and the Baltimore Jewish Council.