Our Team and Advisory Board



Michael Sarabia

Michael Sarabia

Principal, CEO & Designated Broker

Michael A. Sarabia, CEO of DSW Commercial, developed and implemented DSW’s investment platform and strategy in the western United States. Prior to this investment platform, Michael worked on ground-up commercial real estate development with expertise in entitlement and construction. His extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of pre-development and due diligence have been a valuable asset in underwriting targeted investments. Michael brings a “hands-on” approach to this course of action. Michael’s ability to identify market voids and conduct in-depth feasibility studies coupled with his understanding of area demographics is the cornerstone of DSW Commercial. He has the experience necessary to navigate the complex equity and financing components of acquisitions. Michael is a graduate of the University of Arizona, a licensed broker in the state of Arizona, a member of Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

James Hardman

Principal, Director of Asset Management & Leasing

James Hardman, Director of Asset Management & Leasing, oversees DSW’s managed portfolio including third-party asset management, lease administration, office association management, and facilities management. James is also involved in site analysis, acquisition and development of DSW investments. James has been active in the industry since 1997. James joined DSW Commercial in 2004 as a commercial real estate agent and property manager. James’ brokerage transactions include the sale/ purchase of investment properties, tenant representation/lease negotiation, landlord representation /lease negotiation and owner/user acquisitions. A graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.S. degree in Regional Development, James is a certified member of the CCIM Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Metropolitan Pima Alliance (MPA).


Chris Itule


Sandy Cole

Brianna Dunleavy

Property Management

Sandra Sarabia

Mandy Verdugo


Alex Black

Advisory Board

Mark J. Schnuck

President & CEO | The DESCO Group

Mark J. Schnuck graduated from Maryville University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in management and is a licensed real estate broker in the states of Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. After serving in a variety of positions at Schnuck Markets, Inc., Mark became senior real estate officer in 1989.

In 1993, Mark became president and CEO of the newly formed real estate company, The DESCO Group. He quickly succeeded in taking a corporate real estate department and turning it into a full-service commercial real estate development company. The DESCO Group still manages, leases and develops the Schnuck Markets portfolio, although the company has found success in many other aspects of the real estate industry.

Mark led the company to the next level by venturing into other retail development, including non-grocery anchored shopping centers. Kirkwood Commons is one of most notable of these in the St. Louis metro area, but The DESCO Group has stepped outside the immediate area and is currently developing retail centers in Arizona, Missouri, Michigan, Florida and Illinois. In addition, the company is exploring opportunities in several other states throughout the country, including Colorado and Nebraska.

After taking that successful step into other retail development, Mark led The DESCO Group in the giant task of tackling the redevelopment of the Old Post Office in downtown St. Louis. The DESCO Group partnered with the DFC Group and completed this project in March 2006, proving integral in the major redevelopment of downtown St. Louis. This development is just one way that Mark has shown his commitment and dedication to St. Louis.

In order to maximize the services The DESCO Group offers, Mark formed a sister-company, NAI DESCO. At this company, he leads a team of experienced commercial and industrial brokers in serving the City of St. Louis and 13 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. The firm offers clients access to more than 3,000 NAI commercial brokers in more than 300 markets worldwide.

In 2001, Mark formed DESCO Southwest in Tucson, Arizona, and added another office in Phoenix in 2003. At a young age, the company was involved in several major development projects, including a mixed-use office and retail development, Stapley Corporate Center, and a unique office complex of nine free-standing buildings, Skyline Esplanade, in a highly desirable area at the base of the foothills in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, DESCO Southwest spearheaded the historic redevelopment component of the Phoenix Bioscience Center.

Ever focused on his commitment to St. Louis, Mark belongs to numerous organizations and serves on several boards throughout the area. He is commissioner, and former chairman, with the St. Louis Zoological Park and former chairman of the St. Louis Zoo Board of Trustees. He serves on the boards of ​Community School and John Burroughs School. He is also involved with the Fair St. Louis Foundation and serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board. In addition, Mark is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the St. Louis Association of ARealtors (SLAR) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Scott Sachtelben

Executive Managing Principal: US Capital Development

Scott Sachtleben identifies and implements US Capital Development’s strategic vision, initiatives, and real estate opportunities. He also oversees all of USCD’s operations and partner relations. With Mr. Sachtleben, the USCD organization is dedicated to providing certainty of delivery in quality, cost, and timing for its real estate and capital partners for successful, long-term relationships.

Mr. Sachtleben has over thirty-five years of firsthand, day-to-day experience in the real estate industry, ranging from acquisitions, capital structure, entitlements/incentives, development, construction, joint ventures, and leasing. As a developer and principal, he has exceeded several billion dollars in real estate joint ventures, developments, and transactions.

Prior to his role with US Capital Development, Mr. Sachtleben served as Senior Vice President of development for The Desco Group in St. Louis. He was instrumental in launching a national, multi-office platform advancing real estate development in retail, office, and industrial products. Previously, Mr. Sachtleben was a senior partner with the law firm Greensfelder in St. Louis, specializing in a broad practice of real estate development and finance.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with Highest Honors, from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mr. Sachtleben serves on the Board of Directors of Reliance Bank and is an active member of a variety of civic organizations. He is also a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, the Urban Land Institute, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.