Baltimore-based commercial real estate investment and management company Continental Realty Corp. (CRC) has tapped David Donato as Chief Operating Officer.
Donato, who started with CRC in 2000, has experience with a range of asset types and was formerly senior vice president of the firm’s multifamily and commercial division. In his new role, Donato will assume direct oversight of CRC’s accounting, information technology, investor relations, human resources and marketing functions. He will also continue to manage the operations of the company’s Commercial and Multifamily divisions which comprise more than five million square feet of commercial space and over 9,000 apartment homes across nine states.
“David has demonstrated tremendous commercial real estate capabilities, leadership skills and overall business acumen and intuition throughout his tenure with Continental Realty Corporation, and based on his skillset and familiarity with the organization, he represents the ideal professional for this important role,” stated JM Schapiro, CRC’s Chief Executive Officer. “David is highly respected throughout the industry, and CRC team members often rely on his sound advice and guidance. Within the past several years, he has assumed increased responsibilities with our fundraising and investor relations activities, which will continue to be a major point of emphasis in the future.
David Cohen is Southeast Editorial Director at Connect Commercial Real Estate. David is a media veteran with more than 10 years of experience in journalism, copywriting and communications across a variety of roles. He is responsible for covering commercial real estate news and trends in the Southeast, Florida, Washington D.C. and Boston at Connect CRE as well as specializing in the Student Housing sector.
Prior to joining Connect, David was the editor of Northeast Real Estate Business magazine and Student Housing Business magazine at France Media as well as spending time freelancing for ESPN and the Associated Press in the fast-paced field of live sports event production. He is also an owner and investor in multifamily real estate in Atlanta, GA.
David currently resides in Atlanta and graduated from the College of Communication & Information at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.