The CapRock Team

CORPORATE SENIOR STAFF

sl van der zanden - CapRock chicago

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.  Read More

Brian Goldman - COO CapRock chicago

Brian Goldman, Principal and COO

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 University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Read More

Saar Schnitman senior director - caprock chicago

Saar Schnitman, Senior Director, Property Management & Leasing

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. Read More

Mike Fenech, Senior Property Manager

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.

Patrick Schenk,Associate Broker

Eric Thiel, Associate

Eric Thiel is a Broker specializing in leasing and investment sales. He is currently overseeing all leasing opportunities in the CapRock Portfolio. He is also working with credited investors under CapRock looking to acquire multi-tenant retail centers in the Chicago MSA. His investors are looking for both stabilized and value-add properties ranging from $2m – $100m. Before coming to CapRock he worked with a lead developer for Costco Wholesale, who identified new sites in the Midwest. He has experience across all sectors of commercial real estate but is currently focused on retail. Eric earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from The University of Mississippi at Oxford with a major in Marketing and a minor Real Estate.  He is currently a member of the Real Estate Investment Association (REIA).

Mike Fenech, Senior Property Manager

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.