About The Company
Capstak Co-founders, Heather Goldman and Michael Schnabel, have a combined 50 years of experience in commercial real estate. In those years, Heather and Michael continued to be confronted by the same daily challenge. They were spending too much time gathering news, market insights, finding the right capital partners, and finding “haves and wants” that aligned with their own. This inefficiency limited them from creating more deals.
Knowing this recurring problem was the same across the industry, necessity and intellectual curiosity drove them to find a solution. Heather and Michael looked through the disparate platforms available for commercial real estate, and realized if they wanted a tool to solve this problem they were going to have to build it.
So, they created Capstak. A network with the simple goal to connect, enable and inform the global commercial real estate community.
Capstak delivers transparency and efficiency to the commercial real estate market through actionable connectivity, empowering its community with the Capstak edge.
Meet The Founders
Board Director + Co-Founder
Michael has over 25 years of experience in Reno and the Bay Area as an entrepreneurial real estate professional. He has founded and worked in a diverse collection of firms in brokerage, development, investment banking and direct investment.
Along with serving as Capstak’s CEO, he is Founder and CEO of Schnabel Ventures which helped found Blackfire Real Estate Investors and Development Arts. Prior to founding Schnabel Ventures, Michael was the Senior Managing Director and owner of the CBRE Reno/Lake Tahoe office, Associate at the Wall Street firm of Kidder, Peabody & Co. and an Analyst at Merrill, Lynch & Co. in Washington, DC. Michael currently serves as Board Chair of Schnabel Foundation Company, a national design-build construction company headquartered in Washington, DC. He is an active Angel Investor, with investments across multiple industries.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Business Administration from the New York University Stern School of Business.
CEO + Co-Founder
Based in New York City, Heather has been a commercial real estate financial services and tech executive for more than 20 years. A 1.0 internet pioneer, Heather was Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of CapitalThinking, a leading application software company for the financial services industry, specializing in CRE finance, investment and risk management.
Previously, Heather was Managing Director, Global Head of Business Development with Brookfield Investment Management, Managing Partner at Brookfield Financial, SVP - Head of Investor Relations at Starwood Capital, Global Sector Leader - Real Estate at Korn/Ferry International, and a Director in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group at Bank of Montreal. Heather currently also serves as a director/trustee for global fund complexes managed by Brookfield Investment Management. She leads international business development for the Israel Financial Institute.
Heather is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned a BA in International Relations. She holds an MBA from Chicago Booth, the graduate business school of the University of Chicago. Heather served 3 1/2 years in the US Peace Corps, in Mali, West Africa.
See how Michael and Heather are utilizing the Capstak network