Leadership Team

Craig Ruppert


As the founder and chief executive of parent company Ruppert Companies, Craig established the culture and values at Ruppert Properties and continues to provide strategic and financial oversight. His decades of business experience and exposure to numerous industries has provided for innovative business concepts and ideas applicable to each of the companies under the Ruppert umbrella.

Bill Meissner

President/Managing Partner

Bill is the President and Managing Partner of Ruppert Properties and is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the company including investment strategy, leasing, construction, property management and financial operations. With the Ruppert Companies for 31 years, he along with partner Craig Ruppert founded Ruppert Properties in 2000. Bill attended the University of Baltimore and completed the Real Estate Finance and Development Executive Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bill is an active member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), NAIOP National Private Developers Forum, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Kate Layman

Vice President


Kate leads the property management division with 20 years of operations and real estate management experience. Before joining Ruppert in 2019, Kate was with Avison Young where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of commercial property for national and local clients, specializing in construction management and new client transitions. Kate received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Marketing from DePaul University and holds her Certificate in Real Estate Investment from Cornell University.

Brennan McMeeken

Chief Financial Officer


Brennan is responsible for the company’s accounting and financial activities at both the property and asset level with a focus on financial reporting, investment analysis, lease administration and budget forecasting. Prior to joining the company, Brennan worked in finance and asset management roles for San Diego and Baltimore area developers. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from San Diego State University and Master of Business Administration from Frostburg State University.

Matthew Poffenbarger

Vice President of Construction


Matt manages all construction activities and oversees the company’s tenant fit-out, renovation, and ground-up projects. Prior to joining Ruppert, Matt worked in project management for Morgan Keller Construction and Forrester Construction. Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Geoscience from Pennsylvania State University.

Nick Pirone

Director of Investments


Nick is responsible for identifying investment opportunities and leading the acquisition process. He also oversees leasing activity during stabilization periods for value-add assets and development projects. Prior to joining Ruppert, he held a senior position with one of the largest capital markets firms on the East Coast. Nick holds his Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Sales Marketing from Arizona State University.

Welcome Nick Pirone, Director of Investments

Frederick, MD – Ruppert Properties is pleased to welcome Nick Pirone as their Director of Investments. In the company’s newly formed position, Nick will be responsible for driving the company’s investment initiatives by pursuing opportunities locally and in new markets. “We are excited to have Nick’s extensive background in capital ...

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Build-to-Suit Project Breaks Ground at Stanford Business Park

FREDERICK, MD – Ruppert Properties is excited to share plans that will bring H&E Equipment Services to Frederick, MD.  With 125 locations nationwide, its newest home will be an 11,000 square foot facility on six acres located at Stanford Business Park.  The build-to-suit lease agreement inked in 2022 includes a long-term ...

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Julie Ruppert Joins Leadership Team

Frederick, MD –  Ruppert Properties has announced that Julie Ruppert will join their leadership team as Vice President. Julie came to Ruppert Properties in 2021, bringing with her extensive experience in mixed-use property management that she has continued to build upon.  As a second-generation family member, she also offers a unique ...

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