Leadership

Polinger Company’s leadership directs a team of more than 325 individuals operating in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Each of our leaders has more than 20 years of experience with Polinger Company.

Leadership Profiles

Arnold Polinger, President

Arnold Polinger has over 35 years of experience in the Washington, D.C. area real estate industry. Arnold is the second generation leader of the Company that was founded by his father and uncle in 1947. Active in all aspects of the Company’s business, Arnold is particularly skilled at structuring complex acquisition and financing transactions.

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Under Arnold’s leadership, the Company acquired the commercial division of Shannon and Luchs Company in 1993 and the Company’s portfolio has grown to include the ownership or management of nearly 5,000 apartment units and 5 million square feet of commercial office and retail space. Arnold is also a leader in the community, having served on the boards of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, Levine School of Music and as a member of the Federal City Council. Arnold earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard University. He is also an accomplished pilot and a talented pianist.

Elliot Schnitzer, Senior Executive Vice President

Elliot Schnitzer has over 30 years of experience in the Washington DC area real estate industry. Elliot plays a key role in all phases of the Company’s activities: acquisition and development, financing, asset management and the oversight of property management and construction services. Elliot received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

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Prior to joining the Company in 1983, Elliot practiced corporate and securities law with a major Chicago law firm and was an Attorney Fellow with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC. Elliot has also been active in many civic and charitable endeavors including the Board of Directors of Bethesda Urban Partnership, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.

John Gordon, President, Polinger Development Co.

John Gordon leads acquisition and development activities for the Company through its principal acquisition and development affiliate, Polinger Development Co.. With over 30 years of experience, John has been involved in the acquisition of numerous office and apartment buildings in the Washington DC central business district and its suburban areas.

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He has worked with institutional investors such as GE Asset Management and ARES Property Partners (formerly Apollo Real Estate Advisors) on core and value add investments.  He specializes in underwriting investment properties and has a keen knowledge of local markets. John also leads asset management services for the Company’s institutional clients. John has worked at Polinger since 1985 and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and a Master of Arts degree from American University.

Maj-Lene Pedersen Keech, Senior Vice President, Residential Property Management

Maj-Lene brings over 20 years of multi-family real estate experience to Polinger. Prior to joining Polinger, Maj-Lene spent 15 years as WashingtonREIT and Bozzuto Management Company and was most recently the Senior Vice President with PRP Real Estate Management. With Polinger her responsibilities include direction and oversight of the Company’s residential properties and marketing, along with personnel matters and owner relations. Maj-Lene also assists in the company’s apartment acquisition process, taking an active role in the evaluation, due diligence, underwriting and closing of investments.

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Maj-Lene has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Sierra Nevada College and a Masters of Science in Real Estate with a concentration in real estate development from the Johns Hopkins University.

Maj-Lene is an active participant in the property management industry’s various trade associations, and is a Past-President for the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)’s Northern Virginia Chapter 77, and is currently serving as Director on the Executive Council for Chapter 77, as well as on national committees for IREM. Additionally, she serves on PMA’s PACE committee and is a member of CREW Northern Virginia.

Christopher J. Modica, Senior Vice President, Construction Services

With over 25 years of experience, Chris Modica manages and directs all of the Company’s construction activities. These include tenant alterations and common area improvements in commercial office buildings, complete renovations of apartments and common areas in multifamily buildings and major capital improvements for both commercial and residential assets. Chris’ team includes experienced Project Managers, Master Electricians, Carpenters and Painters.  Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Brian P. Danhauser, Vice President of Corporate Finance

Brian Danhauser has over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance, 29 of which have been with Polinger Shannon & Luchs. Brian’s responsibilities include managing the Company’s corporate accounting, budgeting and financial reporting for the Company’s institutional clients and partners and serving as liaison to the Company’s auditors. Brian received a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Accounting and Finance from Augustana College.