• Development

    Knott Realty Group's development team coordinates and oversees all activities related to Knott's real estate development projects.

    These projects range from the purchase of raw land and the sale of improved parcels to the renovation and redevelopment of existing buildings and tenant improvement work. Our full-cycle approach includes land purchase, property marketing, building program and design development, public approval coordination, financing, construction, leasing and management.

  • Property Management

    Knott Realty Group's property management team oversees the daily function of Knott's residential and commercial properties.

    From coordinating tenant fit-outs to general property maintenance, our management team plays a critical role in providing an optimal level of care to our properties and tenants. Instead of outsourcing maintenance services, we maintain an in-house team dedicated to our mission and fully invested in maintaining a positive relationship with our tenants.

  • Leasing

    Knott Realty Group's leasing team spearheads all efforts related to the marketing and leasing of the Knott portfolio.

    These activities include monitoring industry trends, performing financial analysis, negotiating sales and purchase agreements, facilitating lease transactions, and much more. Our in-house team of highly qualified professionals provide quick, efficient, and high-quality care to each deal. Our team is dedicated to fostering positive relationships with our tenants, regardless of company size or tenure.

Leadership

  • Jim Knott
    Jim Knott

    James F. Knott

    Chairman & CEO

    James F. Knott

    Chairman & CEO

    As the Chairman and CEO, James F. Knott formed Knott Realty Group in 1977.  Mr. Knott began his career in the masonry business, eventually transitioning to residential development by forming the Realty group. Jim quickly broadened the scope of the company to include commercial development. Over its history, the firm has developed and constructed millions of square feet of real estate, including commercial, industrial, office, retail and residential projects. Jim is actively involved in the daily operations of the company, particularly overseeing and advising on new project development. He is an active member of the Baltimore community, having served on the Board of Trustees for Franklin Square Hospital, The Boy Scouts of America, Associated Catholic Charities, College of Notre Dame, Bon Secours Hospital and the Roland Park Country School.

    • James Knott
      James Knott

      James F. Knott, Jr.

      President

      James F. Knott, Jr.

      President

      As the President of Knott Realty Group, James F. Knott Jr. holds the responsibility of overseeing the cohesive functioning of all facets of the company, including finance, development, construction, leasing, and property management. James works directly on building and land transactions, land development, budget management, and building construction - both inside and outside the State of Maryland. James has developed and constructed approximately two million square feet of office and industrial space, along with re-zoning and developing over 750 home sites and 400 apartments. A former President of NAIOP Maryland, James holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Boston College. Currently, James sits on the advisory board for Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, serves as a Commissioner on the Baltimore County Economic Development Commission, serves on the board of The Odyssey School, and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization.

    • Ralph Lightner
      Ralph Lightner

      Ralph G. Lightner

      COO & CFO

      Ralph G. Lightner

      COO & CFO

      As C.E.O and C.O.O of Knott Realty Group, Mr. Lightner manages the daily operations of Knott Realty. Ralph leads 50 employees spanning across all divisions and manages the portfolio of commercial and residential real estate holdings. In addition, Ralph is responsible for all accounting, finance, information technology, and tax planning for the Knott Realty family of companies.  With over 18 years of experience in public accounting and 16 years of experience serving as a CFO, Ralph brings an elite level of expertise to his role. Ralph holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Frostburg State University and is an active member of the AICPA and MACPA. Additionally, he has obtained the Accreditation in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designations. Ralph resides with his wife and two children in Parkton, Maryland.

    • Taylor Fields
      Taylor Fields

      Taylor J. Fields

      VP of Leasing

      Taylor J. Fields

      VP of Leasing

      As the Vice President of leasing, Mr. Fields is responsible for the leasing and marketing of Knott’s 4.5 million square foot portfolio. He oversees lease negotiations, broker and tenant relations, tenant retention, and all marketing efforts associated with the Knott properties. With over 14 years of real estate industry experience, Taylor has developed the skills that allow him to effectively navigate the deal process from start to finish. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from DeSales University, Taylor is an active board member of NAIOP MD. His hard work paid off in 2012, when Taylor received the Developing Leaders Award, a national award honoring commercial real estate professionals, 35 years of age and under, for their valued contribution and commitment to the industry. Additionally, in 2017, Taylor was selected to the Baltimore Business Journal's 40 Under 40 List.

    • Mike Brodsky
      Mike Brodsky

      Michael A. Brodsky

      VP of Property Management

      Michael A. Brodsky

      VP of Property Management

      As Vice President of Property Management, Michael is responsible for the management and operations for Knott’s 4.2 million square foot portfolio. He serves as a leader to our property staff, ensuring that his team provides high quality services to our tenants in the office, commercial, industrial and residential properties owned throughout Maryland and Florida. Additionally, he oversees the financial performance of the portfolio. With over 25 years of property management experience in office, flex, industrial and retail spaces, Michael has worked with owner/management companies and in a third-party property management role. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Virginia. 

    • Antonio A. Cruz, Director of Construction
      Antonio A. Cruz, Director of Construction

      Antonio A. Cruz

      Director of Construction

      Antonio A. Cruz

      Director of Construction

      Mr. Cruz is responsible for overseeing the day to day construction operations for Knott Realty Group. Antonio has over 12 years of construction management experience in the industry. He has extensive experience in managing fast track projects very closely from conception through completion. Antonio also has significant experience with pre-construction, scheduling, budgeting, quality control, value engineering, quality control, building information modeling, safety, etc. Antonio holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM). He is also an active member in the Urban Land Institute of Baltimore and serves as a Co-Chair for the Young Leader’s Partnership Forum program.

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