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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 funding the 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 12 million square feet of property throughout the Baltimore/Washington region, including the I-270 corridor and Northern Virginia.

Under Richard Alter, Manekin continued its growth into a provider of third-party real estate services and transitioned tfrom 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

Chief Operating Officer and Director of Development

COLE SCHNORF joined the firm in 1986 and serves as its Chief Operating Office and Director of Development.  In this role he has direct oversight for specific projects and oversees the company's operations.  During his tenure he has steered the company in its development of over 10 million square feet of speculative office/research and development space, corporate build to suits and industrial space throughout the Baltimore/Washington Corridor.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Schnorf served as a combat engineer as a captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and as a corporate planner for Sonat, Inc. 

Active in the industry as past President of the Maryland NAIOP chapter, current national board member, and particapant 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 (past president), 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 and Special Olympics coach and Board Member;

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

John Graham

Managing Director, Principal

JOHN GRAHAM is a Managing Director and Principal.

Prior to joining Manekin 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.  Prior to that he was 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 Advisory Board for the Bolte School of Business, Mount Saint Mary's University.  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. He is also the President of The Maryland Rugby Foundation.