John Scharlock has been hired as vice president of acquisitions for Continental Realty Corp., a Baltimore-based commercial, retail and residential development and management company. He will oversee the identification and evaluation of acquisition opportunities from the Mid-Atlantic to southern Florida. Scharlock previously was vice president of acquisitions/dispositions for Home Properties Inc., of Rochester, N.Y. He has been involved with community service groups and professional real estate organizations such as the National Multi-Housing Council and Habitat for Humanity throughout his career.
Alex Kopicki, a senior developer/project manager with Manekin, of Columbia, helped The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s Edward St. John Real Estate Program win the 2011 NAIOP Maryland/DC Capital Challenge. Real estate programs from Johns Hopkins, where Kopicki is studying for a master’s degree, and Georgetown University, American University and the University of Maryland competed for a highest- and best-use analysis for developing Buzzard Point, a Southwest Washington, D.C., site owned by Akridge. The team of Kopicki, A.J. Luce, Andrew Schwartzman and Ryan Beible spent more than 60 days on the independent study project. First place earned the team $10,000 and a trophy. Kopicki joined Manekin in 2005; he provides project assistance, oversight and management for projects. He is co-chair of NAIOP-MD’s developing leaders committee and a member of the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business real estate advisory board. Kopicki previously served on the Howard County Commission on the Environment and Sustainability and the Howard County BRAC Task Force.
U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin recently received the Lorraine Sheehan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Disability Law Center. The award honors Cardin for advocacy for the service and civil rights of people with disabilities. He supported the recently enacted Rosa’s Law, which changes language in federal statute from “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability.” Cardin also co-sponsored the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act, which ensures that insurance companies provide the same coverage and benefits for those suffering from mental illnesses that they provide for those with physical illnesses.
Dennis Landry has been hired as executive vice president of asset management of Parkway Hospitality Management, a Baltimore-based hospitality management and consulting firm. Landry has served in a variety of senior executive positions, notably with Inncorp and Magna Hospitality Group. He maintains interests in Delland Consulting, of Fairfax, Va., and TCRM Partners, a hospitality holding company involved in hotel and resort vacation management. He is a principal partner in M2X, a Montreal-based firm involved in resort development.
Cindy Plackmeyer has been hired as director of marketing by Steuart-Kret Homes, a home builder based in Columbia and White Plains. She previously owned her own social media company, Cindy Plackmeyer Marketing, which focused on the building industry, and was marketing manager for Ryland Homes’ Baltimore/Delaware division. Plackmeyer is the vice president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland’s Sales and Marketing Council.