Richard Kirk, CEO

Mr. Kirk has been involved in real estate development and construction for over 25 years, working for reputable firms such as Dierker Builders, Duke-Wade Associates, and Vantage Companies. In 1987, Mr. Kirk co-founded Hallmark Communities which developed and constructed high quality multi-family units in and around Columbus, Ohio.

In 1996 Rick co-founded K&E Construction and focused exclusively on mid-rise multi-family residential construction. K&E Construction set the benchmark in Columbus for unrivaled quality, dedication to deadlines, and commitment to budgets and excellence. At that time, Rick began to develop market rate rental properties and introduced Columbus to upscale, resort-style apartment communities. The success of these apartment projects led to the development of premier student housing communities in several states.

Rick’s experiences have directly involved him in site evaluations, zoning, development and construction budgets, architectural and engineering service management, contracts, bank draws, and many other miscellaneous development activities for over 4,000 units of luxury apartments and 6,000 bedrooms of student housing.

William Kirk, President

William Kirk has been active in the Real Estate and Construction industry for nearly 10 years. His primary professional focus revolves around the development of multi-family, student housing, and mixed-use developments.

Prior to joining the Hallmark team, William worked extensively with Continental Building Company on various student housing projects overseeing construction and project management. William's experience included implementing and overseeing all facets of project management responsibilities regarding budget planning, schedules, procurement, quality and risk, design, construction, and occupancy. He was also responsible for large scale mixed-use development projects, involving extensive coordination with consultants, government officials, and owner representation.

William brings an array of experience to the Hallmark team, overseeing every project transaction from early planning stages to project completion.

William H. "Gus" Cook, Executive Vice President

Gus Cook has been active in the real estate development industry for over 25 years, with a range of project experience focused primarily on multi-family development and construction.

After spending 10 years with Columbus-based Franklin Capital Corporation, managing real estate assets and land development, Gus joined Continental Real Estate Companies in 1994. While at Continental, Gus was involved with the construction of Hallmark Partners' early apartment projects, eventually moving on to run Continental Communities, Ltd., the partnership between Continental Real Estate and Nationwide Realty Investors, which developed market-rate apartment projects for over 10 years.

Since 2008, Gus has been involved in all aspects of Hallmark’s purpose-built student housing development efforts, becoming Executive Vice President in early 2012. As Executive Vice President of Hallmark, Gus oversees the day-to-day operations of the business and coordinates efforts for planning, budgeting, construction, and ongoing management of all student housing assets.

Michael Kennedy, Senior Vice President

Michael Kennedy has been active in Real Estate Development and Construction for over 20 years. His professional expertise is inclusive of a broad range of involvement in multifamily, affordable housing and retail projects. 

Michael’s previous experience includes development of a multitude of multi-family units on behalf of Presidential Construction, an affordable housing developer in the early 1990s. Michael then transitioned to Continental Communities and Continental Real Estate Development, spending 12 years developing Class A multifamily unit projects and Class A Lifestyle Retail Centers. 

Prior to joining Hallmark Campus Communities, Michael worked on behalf of Keith B. Key Incorporated focusing efforts in New Orleans on post Hurricane Katrina Affordable Housing. Michael has vast experience with coordination of outside design consultants, government agencies and general contractors. The combination of Michael’s previous professional experiences has enabled him to successfully deliver many projects through complex development processes on time and within budget.

Pat McGuire, Development Director

Pat McGuire has been active in the real estate development industry for over 27 years. Prior to joining Hallmark Campus Communities, Pat was responsible for land acquisitions, negotiating and closing numerous multi-family residential, mixed-use, commercial and planned community developments. His primary role as the Land Acquisitions Director for Hallmark Campus Communities include:

  • Identify qualified sites for possible redevelopment
  • Negotiate sale contracts
  • Identify strong campus environments across the country
  • Initiate due diligence
  • Act as a liaison between owners and local municipalities
  • Zoning Entitlement
  • Site Design
  • Financing