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Christopher Hanessian


Christopher R. Hanessian is the President of Snell Construction Corporation. Chris is responsible for the performance of the company including office, multi-family, hotel, and liquid assets controlled by Snell, as well as new development activities.   He is responsible the for general and active management and supervision of the Corporation’s activities, for ensuring that all of the Board of Directors’ orders and resolutions are carried into effect, for performing all other duties which normally are incidental to the office of president, and for performing such other duties as the Board of Directors from time to time may prescribe. 

Prior to working for Snell, Chris worked for 23 years with University Town Center, LLC (located in Maryland) and its affiliates, the last 10 years serving as its Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Chris has extensive experience in real estate business and asset management, property acquisitions, financing, building, zoning and entitlement, master plan design, strategic planning, and development of office, retail, multi-family residential, and student housing product. Chris has secured over $500 million in loans for construction and permanent financing. Chris led efforts to secure public bond financing for major housing and mixed-use projects in Maryland.  Chris has participated in real estate development in counties throughout Maryland and Virginia including: management of 6,200 multi-family residential homes, construction of 2.3 million square feet of office and retail, development of 4,400 residential and commercial lots, 5,600 structured parking spaces as well as significant infrastructure, such as a highway and bridge construction and a regional pumping station.

Chris received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Environmental Design from Miami University, and a Master’s degree in Real Estate from The Johns Hopkins University School of Business. Prior to that, Chris worked with architectural firms in Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, Maryland. As an Adjunct Professor, Chris taught Asset Management to Master’s candidates at the University of Maryland’s Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development.