Michael J. Malone – Chairman and Owner
Michael J. Malone has been involved in the development of real estate since the early 1980’s. Today operating under Hunters Capital LLC, Malone is known for his focus on historic preservation and growth in the Pike Pine Neighborhood.
Mr. Malone was Chairman of DMX Music, formerly AEI Music Network Inc., a company he founded in 1971. He built AEI Music into a leading multi-national music programming and distribution company with operations in 38 countries before selling to Liberty Media in 2001.
Always passionate about preserving Seattle’s historic architecture, Malone bought and renovated the Sorrento Hotel in 1981. Today, Malone has interest in several boutique hotels and restaurants on the West Coast.
Active in the community, Mr. Malone is past president and lifetime trustee of PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Charitable Organization); past chairman and lifetime member of the University of Washington TYEE Board of Advisors, as well as a Trustee on the University of Washington Foundation. In 1990 Mr. Malone served as the City of Seattle’s Arts Commissioner and has also served as the City’s Commissioner to the Seattle Center. Currently, Mr. Malone serves on the Seattle Police Foundation as one of the Founding members and past Chairman. Additionally, he serves on the National Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Northwest African American Museum Board of Directors, as well as the Capitol Hill Housing Board of Directors in Seattle.
Born and raised in Seattle, Mr. Malone graduated from the University of Washington. Along with his wife, Barbara and four daughters, Mr. Malone finds time to enjoy racing vintage cars, fly fishing, tennis, skiing, and spending time at his rural ranch in Eastern Washington.
Chief Financial Officer
A native of the Seattle area, Sandy attended the University of Southern California and worked for PriceWaterhouse Coopers in Los Angeles. She has over 25 years of accounting, auditing and consulting experience with companies in the public and private sectors, including Fortune 500 companies, and as CEO, CFO and Controller for start-ups and maturing companies ready for mezzanine and permanent financing.
Sandy is an avid skier, tennis player and fitness enthusiast. She also loves a challenge and has a good sense of humor, which serves her well since she has also recently rediscovered the game of golf.
Chief Operating Officer and Designated Broker
Jill Cronauer is the Chief Operating Officer and designated broker for Hunters Capital. She is responsible for property acquisitions, marketing, leasing, public relations and overall business operations. Since joining the Hunters Capital team in 2008, Jill has grown Hunters’ managed square feet from 160,000 to nearly 600,000 square feet in Seattle’s Capitol Hill and First Hill neighborhoods.
Jill is dedicated to Hunters Capital’s mission of preserving architectural integrity and Seattle’s historic legacy by restoring and refurbishing turn-of-the century buildings and finding creative and innovative retail and office tenants who serve the neighborhood. Also representing Hunters Capital in local community affairs, she served as President and Chairperson of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce.
An honors graduate from Gonzaga University, Jill comes from a family of entrepreneurs with a history in commercial real estate in Washington and Alberta, Canada. Jill, her husband Ben and their children Henry and Cora live in the Arboretum neighborhood of Seattle. They enjoy spending time with family in the San Juan Islands and Hood Canal.
Special Projects and Market Research
Seattle grown, Nicholas is a recent University of Washington graduate with a background in Economics and Urban Design and Planning. He is a passionate advocate for fostering Seattle’s urban environment. At Hunters Capital, Nicholas focuses on special projects and sorting through the myriad of upzones, rezones, and Mandatory Housing Affordability requirements outlined by Mayor Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.
Nicholas is an avid skier and occasional ski racer (slalom and giant slalom), though he breaks no speed records. When not skiing, he can be found travelling, hiking, and documenting Seattle’s changing urban landscape.
Erin Espinosa is part of the Property Management Division and Accounting teams, but also directly assists the Chairman of Hunters Capital.
As a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Sociology and an alumna of alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority, Erin continues her passion for volunteering by serving on both the Seattle Works Board of Directors, a volunteer organization that connects volunteers with different community issues at various organizations, and the board of the Cal Anderson Park Alliance.
Not only is Erin a big fan of the Huskies, Mariners and Seahawks, Erin brings her leadership skills and passion for her community to Hunters Capital and uses it to help continue the growth and vitalization of Capitol Hill’s diverse communities.
Broker and Office Administrator
Kirsten is part of the Hunters Capital Real Estate team as a broker. She also provides administrative and office support.
Kirsten attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She has spent most of her career in non-profit and higher education. She comes to us most recently from homeschooling her children for four years.
Kirsten and her husband Scott have three kids (Kayti, Ryan and Mallory) and have settled in West Seattle. Kirsten serves as a deacon in her church and as a volunteer delivery driver for Chicken Soup Brigade through the Lifelong AIDS Alliance, both in Capitol Hill. She is an Alabama football enthusiast.
President of Development
A Seattle native, Michael Oaksmith began his career in construction at an early age, starting with the residential construction company owned and operated by his family.
Upon graduation from the University of Washington in 1999 – the Schuchart Corporation, one of the region’s most renowned commercial and residential construction firms – hired Oaksmith as a project engineer. Given his innate talents, he quickly moved into a manager position, where he oversaw every aspect of distinctive commercial and high-end residential projects, including multi-million dollar mixed-use properties throughout the Seattle area.
In 2003, Oaksmith founded Blueline Development LLC, followed by his 2004 co-founding of Lakeview Development LLC. From 2003 to 2006 the companies developed several single-family homes as well as a multi-family building located on north Capitol Hill. In 2007, Oaksmith managed his first project with Hunters Capital: the 175,000 square feet Broadway Building. Since then he has managed multiple projects for Hunters Capital Real Estate, including the recently constructed Dunn Motors Building. Oaksmith has helped expand Hunters Capital’s portfolio from 90,000 to 600,000 square feet.
Along with his busy professional life, Michael and his wife Kieran have three children (Beau, Estelle and Olive) who keep things very active at home. His family loves anything UW-related, spending time out on the boat, and weekend getaways to Lake Roosevelt.
Mark Stroup is a recent transplant to Seattle, from Southern Colorado where he graduated from Fort Lewis College. He has over 9 years accounting and business operations experience through his ownership in a small chain of coffee shops. He has a unique blend of accounting acumen and entrepreneurial operations experience that allow him to problem solve a broad scope of business situations.
Mark enjoys spending quality time with his beautiful wife and two young children. He is an outdoor enthusiast enjoying time in the mountains hiking, snowboarding, & camping. He has also recently acquired an addiction to Crossfit.
Magdalena Kong is a graduate of the University of Washington and the Art Institute of Seattle with degrees in Interior Design and Visual Arts. She genuinely enjoys the interaction with tenants and is committed to making her building feel like a true home. Magdalena’s attention to detail and strong organization skills make her a perfect fit for her role as an onsite property manager. In her free time, Magdalena loves cooking gourmet meals, reading, and a broad range of outdoor activities, including hiking, snowboarding, boating, and swimming.
Kelly Garcia started her real estate career in San Antonio, specializing in Property Management. She made the transition to Seattle from Texas in 2015, when she began working for Hunters Capital. In her career, Kelly has done everything from leasing to property management.
Kelly appreciates the great people and inclusive environment that Hunters Capital offers. She believes that’s what sets Hunters Capital apart from other property management companies. When Kelly isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Chris Hearne is part of the Property Management Division Team. He supervises daily maintenance projects at both our commercial and residential buildings. He takes great pride in ensuring that all aspects of building operations are kept at very high standards.
More than twenty years ago, Chris started his career as a groundskeeper for a property in Kirkland, WA. He then moved up to Maintenance Assistant at a property in Bellevue, WA. Over the years Chris has supervised the maintenance for many properties, including a 500-unit property in Mill Creek, WA, overseeing a maintenance crew of five people. The last residential property prior to working for Hunters Capital was located in Issaquah, WA. There he managed a team of four maintaining a 250-unit building.
On his off time, Chris enjoys photography, hiking and the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.
Alejandro has five years of grounds keeping experience at Glen Acres, a 22-acre, 200+ unit residential complex in south Seattle. Prior to his entrance into property management – as a production supervisor – Alejandro managed over 120 employees for ten years at the Western United Fish Company in South Seattle.
Alex’s lengthy work experience has given him many skills, encompassing all facets of building maintenance, from plumbing to electrical work to general construction. He takes great pride in caring for Hunters Capital’s beautiful portfolio.
Alex likes to help people and has volunteered for several organizations in Seattle. In addition, he enjoys spending time with and cooking for his family.
Simon ensures that each property’s environs are kept in immaculate condition. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Simon grew up in Phoenix, AZ before settling in Seattle three years ago. He and his wife have a beautiful baby boy. He enjoys swimming, showing off his soccer moves, and playing video games. In his spare time, he helps out his family’s catering business.