Robert A. Manekin, JD

Robert A. Manekin, JD

Managing Director

Current responsibilities:

Robert Manekin is a Markets’ Managing Director, focusing on tenant representation services and training. He serves as the director of Mid Atlantic Training and is active on the national level. Since heading JLL’s successful Broker Know How! program in June, 2016, he has created, produced and/or given more than 190 training programs attended by more than 6,300 participants. 


A 45 year industry veteran with experience in development, property management, and brokerage, Bob has participated in hundreds of transactions with an aggregate lease value in excess of $1 Billion dollars. He has earned numerous awards from CoStar (Power Broker), the Baltimore Business Journal (Heavy Hitter awards), several political jurisdictions, and the Maryland Department of Economic Development (Award of Excellence) for his work.

During a 15 year stint at his family’s commercial and industrial real estate firm, Bob focused on property management (8 years) and real estate development (7 years). He then left the family business to concentrate on commercial brokerage from the tenant perspective. After stints with such national firms as Studley and Staubach, as well as running local and regional brokerage firms, Bob joined JLL via its acquisition of the Baltimore Colliers’ affiliate, of which he was a principal.

As a broker focusing on tenant representation, he has participated in the largest office leases in the history of Baltimore (e.g. 526,000 SF build to suit for the Social Security Administration) and the T. Rowe Price headquarters lease (536,000 SF), as well as several large transactions for law firms such as Venable, Miles & Stockbridge, and Ober Kahler (now Baker Donelson).

Bob served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business, teaching marketing of commercial real estate. He has lectured at a variety of colleges and universities including MIT, the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC – Chapel Hill, the University of Baltimore and Towson University. He has also written several articles for the Association of Legal Administrators, the Baltimore Business Journal and Smart CEO Magazine.

Significant Transactions:

  • T. Rowe Price, 536,000 SF Headquarters
  • Social Security Administration – 526,000 SF twenty year lease
  • Miles & Stockbridge – 120,000 SF fifteen year lease
  • Ober Kahler (now Baker Donelson) – 85,000 SF fifteen year lease
  • Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund - 62.500 SF fifteen year lease
  • Venable – 115,000 SF lease restructuring


  • The University of Maryland Carey School of Law, JD 1973
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA 1970
  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Institute of Real Estate Management – CPM designation
  • Building Owners and Managers Institute - RPA designation
  • Society of Industrial and Office Realtors – SIOR Designation


  • Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Baltimore – Past President
  • Building Owners and Managers Institute – Executive Committee
  • Greater Baltimore Committee – Board of Directors
  • Downtown Partnership of Baltimore – Board of Directors
  • Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore – Board of Directors
  • Jewish Community Center – Chairman of the Board
  • Sinai Hospital – Board of Directors and Chair of Facilities Committee
  • Jewish Addiction Services of Baltimore – Chairman of the Board

Awards & Recognition:

  • NAIOP Building Awards (numerous) – Case Communications, 270 Technology Park
  • City of Gaithersburg for Green Development – Bennington Corporate Center
  • State of Maryland Economic Development Award for Excellence – 270 Technology Park, Frederick
  • CoStar Power Broker – (numerous years)
  • Baltimore Business Journal Heavy Hitter Award (numerous years)
  • Baltimore Business Journal #1 Heavy Hitter Award – Social Security Administration Build to Suit