Our Team

  • 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.

  • 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.

    J.M. is a dedicated businessman, family man, and philanthropist whose goal of serving the community is at the center of all he does. Find out more about his philanthropic efforts at J.M. Schapiro’s Official Website.

  • Gene C. Parker, Jr.

    President

    Gene C. Parker, Jr. - President

    Gene C. Parker, Jr.

    President

    Gene started with Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 1993 as Director of Leasing. Gene now oversees CRC’s daily operations in all areas. Gene has an M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.B.A. from Loyola University Maryland. He also holds a Maryland associate broker real estate license and is a graduate real estate instructor at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University.

  • Thomas K. Herman

    President CR Restaurants, Inc.

    Thomas K. Herman - President CR Restaurants, Inc.

    Thomas K. Herman

    President CR Restaurants, Inc.

    Tom joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 1983 as Vice President and General Manager of JF Theatres, Inc., a CRC owned chain of movie theatres. In 1989, CR Restaurants, Inc. was formed as a Burger King franchisee, with Tom as President. Today CR Restaurants, Inc. operates 27 Burger King Restaurants in the Baltimore and Pennsylvania metro area. Tom oversees all facets of the Burger King program, including site acquisition, finance, construction, purchasing, and daily operations.

  • 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.

  • David P. Donato

    Senior Vice President

    David P. Donato - Senior Vice President

    David P. Donato

    Senior Vice President

    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.

  • Nicholas F. McCoy

    SVP & General Counsel

    Nicholas F. McCoy - SVP & General Counsel

    Nicholas F. McCoy

    SVP & 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.

  • Ari C. Abramson

    VP, Acquisitions

    Ari C. Abramson - VP, Acquisitions

    Ari C. Abramson

    VP, 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 from the Mid-Atlantic to Florida, 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 has a B.A. in Business and Economics from the Muhlenberg College and a M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School.  He is active on numerous community councils and committees focused on real estate in Baltimore.

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  • Richard M. Berkowitz

    VP, Construction

    Richard M. Berkowitz - VP, Construction

    Richard M. Berkowitz

    VP, Construction

    Richard has worked in the multifamily apartment industry for over 35 years. Prior to joining Continental Realty Corporation (CRC), Richard spent three decades working for Town and Country, a public REIT. Richard has an extensive background in construction and redevelopment projects of all types. He has worked on projects of all sizes throughout the country. Richard and his in-house team oversee all aspects of construction for CRC’s shopping centers and apartment communities.

  • Crystal R. Frey

    VP, Human Resources

    Crystal R. Frey - VP, Human Resources

    Crystal R. Frey

    VP, Human Resources

    Crystal joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2011 and serves as the Vice President of Human Resources 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.

  • Matthew R. Johnson

    VP, Asset Management

    Matthew R. Johnson - VP, Asset Management

    Matthew R. Johnson

    VP, Asset Management

    Matt joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2017 and serves as the Vice President of Asset Management.  In his role, he will help to enhance the Asset Management platform within CRC with the goal of providing better oversight and reporting practices across the portfolio.  Prior to joining CRC, Matt worked at Alex Brown Realty, M&T Bank, and Obrecht Commercial Real Estate.  Matt has a B.A. in Psychology from Washington College, an M.B.A from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.S. in Real Estate from the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Paul B. Kang

    VP, Acquisitions

    Paul B. Kang - VP, Acquisitions

    Paul B. Kang

    VP, Acquisitions

    Paul  joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2011 and serves as the Vice President of Acquisitions. In his role, he leads retail acquisitions and dispositions, manages broker/owner relationships, and oversees the underwriting and due diligence process. Prior to joining CRC, Paul worked at First Capital Realty, CB Richard Ellis, Costar Group, and the Greenwich Group International. Paul has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He is also an active member of ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers).

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  • Michele A. Williams

    VP & Controller

    Michele A. Williams - VP & Controller

    Michele A. Williams

    VP & Controller

    Michele joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 1999 after spending almost ten years working for the Rouse Company and Prime Retail. Her experience covered many aspects of accounting from managing overall lease administration to financial reporting. Michele oversees all management and operations of CRC’s accounting department including, accounts receivable and payable, cash management, financial functions, external reporting and strategic planning. Michele also works regularly with CRC’s partners, tax accountants, lenders and auditors and has experience with accounting for all types of properties and transactions. Michele has a B.A. from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

  • JD Brakefield, Jr.

    Director of Commercial Property Mgmt.

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

    JD Brakefield, Jr.

    Director of Commercial Property Mgmt.

    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).

  • Scott M. Hamlin

    Director of Multifamily Property Mgmt.

    Scott M. Hamlin - Director of Multifamily Property Mgmt.

    Scott M. Hamlin

    Director of Multifamily Property Mgmt.

    Scott joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2016 as the Senior Property Manager for the Commercial Division. In his current role as Director of Property Management for the Multifamily Division, Scott is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the residential division. Prior to joining CRC, Scott worked with residential and mixed-use communities for The Bozzuto Group and The Dolben Company. Scott has a B.S. in Property Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and is a Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) with the National Apartment Association (NAA).

  • 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, employee engagement and retention. Matt earned a B.S. from Towson University and he has 17 years of human resources experience in the real-estate industry.

  • Nancy L. O’Meara

    Director of Commercial Property Mgmt.

    Nancy L. O’Meara - Director of Commercial Property Mgmt.

    Nancy L. O’Meara

    Director of Commercial Property Mgmt.

    Nancy joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2000 and currently serves as the Director of Commercial Property Management. Prior to joining CRC,  Nancy worked for Dean Witter and Grub and Ellis where she handled the marketing and property management for centers located throughout the United States. Nancy is responsible for the daily management and operations of the commercial retail and office centers in Maryland and Florida.

  • Stephen M. Roenick

    Director of Accounting & Taxation

    Stephen M. Roenick - Director of Accounting & Taxation

    Stephen M. Roenick

    Director of Accounting & Taxation

    Steve joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2015.  He works closely with management overseeing the accounting department, reporting and analyzing transactional data, and consulting with outside attorneys and CPAs. 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

  • Erin E. Talty

    Associate General Counsel

    Erin E. Talty - Associate General Counsel

    Erin E. Talty

    Associate General Counsel

    Erin joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2017. She works with the in-house legal department and manages outside legal counsel in connection with acquiring, financing and managing CRC’s portfolio. Prior to joining CRC, Erin represented CRC and other commercial real estate clients as an Attorney for DLA Piper. Erin has a J.D. from the University of Baltimore, and a B.A. from Elon University.

  • 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 20 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 Dean of the Leasing College for Continental Realty University (CRU) and has designed and implemented numerous training courses related to sales, customer service, social media, lead management, software systems and policy procedures.

  • Lauren M. Wayne

    Controller, Fund Investments

    Lauren M. Wayne - Controller, Fund Investments

    Lauren M. Wayne

    Controller, Fund Investments

    Lauren joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2010 and serves as the Controller of Fund Investments. Lauren’s responsibilities include external investor reporting and distributions, compliance with operating agreements, and fund accounting audits. Lauren 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.

  • Haley A. Donato

    Asset Manager

    Haley A. Donato - Asset Manager

    Haley A. Donato

    Asset Manager

    Haley joined Continental Realty Corporation (CRC) in 2012. Her work experience prior to CRC was in loan underwriting at the largest private bank in Colorado. As one of CRC’s Asset Managers, Haley monitors various projects, comparing their quarterly results to budget and to the assumptions at acquisition and ensuring all loan covenants are met. She also assists with capital calls, reserve requests, and recommendations regarding distributions to investors for many of the investments managed by CRC. Haley is an alumna of Santa Clara University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2010. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Real Estate at the Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business.

  • J. Blake Dickinson

    Senior Leasing Manager

    J. Blake Dickinson - Senior Leasing Manager

    J. Blake Dickinson

    Senior Leasing Manager

    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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  • Kristina K. O’Keefe

    Leasing Manager

    Kristina K. O’Keefe - Leasing Manager

    Kristina K. O’Keefe

    Leasing Manager

    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 V. Bozel

    Leasing Associate

    Kelsi V. Bozel - Leasing Associate

    Kelsi V. Bozel

    Leasing Associate

    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).

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  • Cherene L. Keenan

    Leasing Associate

    Cherene L. Keenan - Leasing Associate

    Cherene L. Keenan

    Leasing Associate

    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 Associate

    Melissa E. Sweeney - Leasing Associate

    Melissa E. Sweeney

    Leasing Associate

    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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