Meet The Team
S.L. van der Zanden, Managing Principal and CEO
S.L. van der Zanden is the Managing Principal of CapRock. He leads all of the property/asset management and receivership assignments. S.L. brings over 30 years of commercial real estate experience. He has helped institutional, corporate, and also private clients overcome challenges and capitalize on nearly $2 billion in opportunities. His prior experience includes management of a 1.6MM s.f. portfolio with 22 assets; turnaround of REO assets; utilizing a unique sealed-bid property sales process for institutional clients; and acquisition & development activities.
Brian Goldman, Principal
Brian Goldman leads all operations, valuation, brokerage as well as business development activities. He brings over 15 years as a commercial real estate lender with John Hancock Financial Services and Manulife Financial where he originated mortgages as well as managed the $500 million loan portfolio. Activities also included workout restructuring and resolution of non-performing loans. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Saar Schnitman, Principal
Saar heads up the property management and leasing activities for the firm and was most recently with Millennium Properties as Vice President of Property Management. Previously, Saar worked as the Director of Operations with Silver Property Group. There, he was responsible for the management as well as oversight of a $35 million, multi-site portfolio. In this role, he implemented a number of measures designed to improve efficiency and also reduce costs by tracking maintenance workflows and improving the RFP processes. He holds a degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is also a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces.
Mike Fenech, Senior Property Manager
Mike directs the day-to-day operations for all CapRock properties. His 9 years of experience include both commercial and residential management across multi-state portfolios, providing unparalleled customer service and fiscal responsibility for owners and tenants alike. At the University of Cincinnati, Mike earned a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship through the Carl H. Linder College of Business.
Carlos Rivera, Senior Property Accountant
Carlos is a seasoned accounting professional with over 17 years of extensive experience in both commercial & residential property management. Carlos is an expert with several industry-standard management programs, including Yardi, and handles all accounting duties at the firm. Contrary to expectations, Carlos is one of the few Floridians who enjoys the colder Midwest weather.
Alexia Gonzalez, Property Manager
Alexia Gonzalez joined CapRock Real Estate in 2022 as a Property Manager and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CapRock’s commercial assets. She is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of Illinois and comes with successful experience on over 3 million square feet of industrial and retail properties. Alexia graduated from Texas State University where she majored in Political Science and minored in International Studies.