Senior Vice President
Robert Manekin is proud that he has been an influential leader during his 40-year career in commercial real estate.
“I have come to understand that the commercial real estate industry mirrors the economic development of our state,” says Manekin, senior vice president with JLL, which specializes in real estate and investment management. “Throughout my career, whether it was as a real estate developer in Howard, Frederick, and Montgomery counties, or as a broker throughout the state, I have championed quality of product and quality of services.”
Manekin says projects he led in Frederick County, for example, were highly regarded in the community as they added jobs and increased the tax base. In addition, he says, educational programs he launched have increased the skills of real estate professionals.
“There is no one more knowledgeable about the commercial real estate market in the Baltimore metropolitan area than Bob Manekin,” says Benjamin Rosenberg, founder and chairman of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP.
Mark Levy, managing director and Greater Baltimore Lead at JLL, says Manekin celebrated his 40th year in commercial real estate in September, which he calls a “noteworthy accomplishment.”
“While maintaining his production at Top Achiever levels, it is training the next generation of JLL’s brokers that now gets Bob’s attention and time,” Levy says.
Manekin, who earned his law degree in 1973 from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and has been senior vice president at JLL since January 2016, teaches the next generation of business leaders that what worked for him could work for them.
“Focus on the fundamentals. Do not become over-reliant on big data, metrics and analytics,” he says. “Emphasize relationships, collaboration, and teamwork. Set standards for communicating with co-workers, clients, and prospects, and make sure that everyone understands those standards.”