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 quality development in Seattle’s 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. Malone maintains an active role at Liberty Media as a board member. He is a past recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
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 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.
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.
Olivia supports her team members through a variety of general administrative and accounting duties. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Washington (go dawgs!) and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Originally from Laguna Beach, Olivia often travels home to visit her family and revel in the California sun. Still new to Seattle, she and her friends enjoy exploring Seattle’s urban and natural amenities. A workout lover, Olivia can be found regularly attending Barre3, FlyWheel, Pilates, and other sweat-inducing classes. She’s also caught the travel bug and is eager to continue exploring the U.S. and abroad.
Principal | COO | 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 | Market Research
Seattle grown, Nicholas is a 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. Currently, he has returned to the University of Washington and is pursuing concurrent dual Master degrees in Urban Planning and Real Estate. At Hunters Capital, Nicholas focuses on special projects and sorting through the myriad of upzones, rezones, and Mandatory Housing Affordability requirements outlined by the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA).
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 joined Hunters Capital in 2010 and recently moved to the accounting team where she will focus on bookkeeping. She also directly assists the Chairman of Hunters Capital in his endeavors.
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.
Erin is not only a big fan of local sports teams like the Huskies, Mariners, and Seahawks, she also brings her leadership skills and passion for community to Hunters Capital, furthering the company’s mission to steward the growth and vitalization of Capitol Hill’s diverse communities.
Principal | 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.
Diana hails most recently from Redlands, California. Although she has thus far only lived in Southern California, she is thrilled to have made the move to the Pacific Northwest. While she adjusts to the area’s very different weather, she is eager to explore Washington’s many natural wonders.
Diana is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She has worked in commercial property management since 2012, first in an operations department, before transferring to a more accounting heavy position as an Accounts Receivable Analyst. She is excited to further her professional growth by taking on a more active role in property management. Diana assists Kayla and Carolann with a multitude of accounting, administrative, and resident related tasks. Together, the three have become a dynamic property management trio.
In addition, Diana is a licensed realtor in the state of California. In her free time, she loves working out, connecting with nature, eating healthy foods, and at the behest of her new colleagues, trying new cuisines. She lives by her mantra: to be happy in life.
Carolann hales from a small town north of Seattle and spent much of her youth imagining life in the city. She is delighted now to both work and live on the Hill. Carolann jumped into the property management industry almost three years ago and loves it. She enjoys seeing people settle into their homes and strives to form long-lasting relationships with her residents.
In her free time, Carolann finds any excuse to take a ferry ride, travel to new and exciting places, or take long drives into Washington’s evergreen forests. She is also passionate about environmental sustainability and stewardship, and tries to incorporate it into her life as much as possible.
Senior Community Manager
Kayla Stevens is a born and raised Washingtonian. She started her nearly decade-long real estate career in north Seattle, and most recently comes from Essex Property Trust where she specialized in multi-site property management. Kayla appreciates the entrepreneurial and nimble working environment that Hunters Capital offers.
When Kayla isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and baby son, Tango the dog, and Tank the cat. Her family loves to hike the Pacific Northwest’s many great trails. A foodie, Kayla enjoys hosting elaborate dinner parties for friends. In addition, as any good Seattleite does, she enjoys her daily cup(s) of coffee and trying the region’s many different roasteries.
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 to a very high standard.
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.
Simon ensures that each property’s environs are kept in immaculate condition. He loves his job and finds the work not only interesting, but also rewarding.
Originally from Guatemala, Simon settled in Seattle four years ago. He and his wife have a beautiful baby boy. He enjoys swimming and showing off his soccer moves. In his spare time, he takes his family hiking and camping around the Northwest.