About Scott Plank

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A Vision For Change

Strategic Impact Investing

Scott Plank is thoughtful about where to invest, and with whom he wants to invest. He is focused exclusively on the mission of the company, the potential social and economic impact to the industry, on building a personal relationship with the founder and executive team, and mutually shared values of building economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable businesses.

Philanthropy is a key focus for Scott and his family. Making an impact on communities and those in need is tied directly into all of his business thinking. Scott & Dana’s Family Foundation with their three children, the JS Plank and DM DiCarlo Family Foundation, and War Horse Cities not-for-profit arm, the Community Development Corporation (CDC), have donated over $20 million since 2012. From designing and improving Baltimore City public schools and various education initiatives, creating and activating community spaces and uniquely transforming police stations into collaborative community amenities, Scott partners with the city, Baltimore City Public schools and diverse non-profits to change lives and impact families and communities.

Scott's Story

Impact Investor & SUPPORTER OF INNOVATION IN ARTISTRY

Scott Plank's life and work center around pursuing his passion for exploring how built environments can magnify our lives and relationships. His love and curiosity for community building was fueled by his many early experiences in life from building homes in Florida, to designing communities at the University of Maryland.

His passion for innovation in all areas of his life is now evident through his investment in local and national businesses and non-profits whose work is changing the way we see and interact with objects in our everyday life. His investments of time and resources provide these organizations with the opportunity to increase both their reach and their impact. Read more below about how his passions developed and how they are manifested today.

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The Early Years

Beginning in high school and through college, Scott learned on-the-job to be a competent carpenter. Scott then traveled the world, experiencing the fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginnings of entrepreneurship while running a small business in Guatemala. Upon returning to the United States two years later, Scott resumed his construction work in the D.C. area. In the summer of 1992, when Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida, Scott saw both an opportunity and a responsibility to help, packed his construction and Spanish language tools into his Subaru, formed a company with his brothers, and moved to Miami for a year renovating homes within the Latin community.

Almost a decade of street-level design-build work inspired Scott’s curiosity to learn more about the forces swirling above our communities and impacting our cities, which prompted him to return home and pursue a business degree from American University. In 1995, he took a job at Freddie Mac Multifamily as an Asset Manager for some of the most neglected and mismanaged neighborhoods in America. Upon completion of his MBA, Scott became an originator where as he underwrote hundreds of millions of dollars of new financing for low to moderate-income apartments.

 

The Under Armour Years

In 1996, Scott’s brother, Kevin, began making stretchy t-shirts for his football teammates at the University of Maryland. Scott’s small business experience and financing skills came in handy and he began to support his brother’s startup, investing $12,500 in 1997 for approximately 15% of the company. The moonlighting was paying off and in early 2000, Scott joined Under Armour full-time. Scott built key pieces of the company and, over the next 15 years, Scott became responsible for half of Under Armour’s employees, its e-commerce strategy and a robust retail platform of 100+ stores and two million square feet of real estate. He also orchestrated the company’s expansion into China and oversaw operations that generated half of its profits from a third of its revenue. By 2012, Scott was leading new business development which included about half of Under Armour’s employees and over 2 million square feet in the design development of the Under Armour campus, regional headquarters and distribution centers. In all, Scott drove about one-third of the $1.8 billion in revenue through e-commerce.

The War Horse Years

Scott then decided to pursue his passion for building places and communities full time. In 2012, Scott left Under Armour to start War Horse Cities. Through his company, Scott curates a diverse range of projects, including a portfolio and pipeline of over 850 apartments, 80,000 square feet of office, 150,000 square feet of retail, philanthropic public service programs, often in overlooked or forgotten communities. War Horse’s diverse portfolio today includes apartments, marinas, a hotel, office buildings, retail and entertainment venues in San Francisco and Maryland. The company acquired the beloved but neglected open-floor food market, Belvedere Square, and replicated across Baltimore and other cities. At The University of Maryland, War Horse Cities co-developed and financed The Hall CP, a community-centric built environment that allows artists and entrepreneurs to collaborate and celebrate. This multi-purpose space includes a restaurant, a music venue and shared work/community space. It brings new life to what was an underutilized lot and provides a space for the community to gather and grow together!

War Horse’s angel impact investing includes real estate crowdfunding company Fundrise as well as digital education leader EverFi. Plank invested in EverFi with a friend, founder and CEO, ultimately contributing $4 million between 2012 and 2017. Scott invested in co-working giant WeWork alongside a partner, putting $1.5 million towards tenant improvement of their second building. Plank also bought a building in San Francisco alongside the founders of WeWork and personally invested $2.6 million.

Scott's Passions Today

Scott has developed a deep interest in the medical industry starting with his investment in the organ transplant middleware company, Transplant Connect, from 2006 to 2011. The California start-up’s innovative technology has helped to save and heal thousands of lives by transforming the organ transplant supply chain. Additionally, he invested in the family-owned and operated eyecare company, Levin Eyecare. Levin Eyecare offers complete medical, surgical, and routine vision services at 11 locations across the Greater Baltimore region. Scott is leveraging his experience in retail combined with innovative technology to help the Founder and CEO drive the business.

In addition, Scott has also committed $3,000,000 initial equity funding to MissionGO. He made his first investment in the Fall of 2018 of $300,000 to fund the world’s first UAS live organ flight, and has since been incubating and advising the company with shared services supplementing organizational and finance strategy, IP Strategy, PR and Communications strategy and Urban Air Mobility base strategy. Scott's company, War Horse Cities, also owns one of the only privately owned, publicly accessed urban air mobility heliports in the mid-Atlantic located on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Scott also controls multiple sites around the Baltimore harbor for testing MissionGO UAS cargo routes. MissionGO is committed to transforming logistics in the unmanned industry.

Awards & Recognition

Honoring Outstanding Team Achievements

2005 Small Business Administration – Hall of Fame Inductee

Under Armour Performance Apparel – recognized for extraordinary achievements and for inspiring small businesses worldwide.

2018 BBJ Best in Real Estate Awards

Best in Show: Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

2017 Home of the Year and Best Mixed-Use Design and Architecture

Anthem House Presented By: NVBIA Great American Living Award Program

2004 Maryland IP Communications Forum Scott Plank UNder Armour

2004 Maryland IP Communications Forum

Recognition for Empowering Your Business with Cisco Advanced Technology (Under Armour)

2018 BBJ Best in Real Estate Awards

3rd Place: “Scott Plank’s waterfront Canton properties”

2017 Honoree- Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Real Estate

Presented by the University of Maryland

2017 U.S. Green Building Council MD’s Leader Award

2004 Maryland IP Communications Forum Scott Plank UNder Armour

2007 Retail Store of the Year

Under Armour Annapolis, Maryland Location Read more here.

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award

Presented by The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Baltimore Smart CEO

amIQ – Guest Panelist 2004

Anthem House- 2016 NAHB Nationals – Silver Award

Anthem House Awarded For the On-the-Boards Community (Under Construction On – Not Yet Open for Sale or Rent)

Innovation in Financial Education Award Nasdaq Everfi Scott Plank Award

2016 Innovation in Financial Education Award

Presented by Nasdaq and EverFi

2017 Urban Land Institute Baltimore Wavemaker

Anthem House

2017 Best Baltimore Mid-Rise Apartment Community

Anthem House Presented By Delta Associates’ 21st Annual Apartment and Condominium Industry Awards for Excellence

2018 BBJ Best in Real Estate Awards

2nd Place: Western Police District Station

Passions

Where intrigue and interests overlap

Scott has many varied interests which both influence and are influenced by his work and investments. Learn more about Scott's passions below!

Innovation
Innovation
The Arts
The Arts
Architecture
Architecture
Technology
Technology
Outdoor seating outside of the hall cp
Community Building
Small Business Growth
Small Business Growth
Medicine & Medical Technologies
Medicine & Medical Technologies
Sailing
Sailing
Family
Family
Medical Transplants
Medical Transplants
Scott Plank with Dean Linebaugh inside the Hall CP
Development & Real Estate
Retail
Retail

Community Partners