Michael Sonnabend


Michael Sonnabend is the managing member of PMZ Realty Capital LLC and founded the firm in 2009 with Peter Berk. He has been active in the Real Estate Financing Market for over 30 years and has completed over $10 billion in financing and sale transactions nationwide. Sonnabend has arranged financing for both full and limited service brands for every major hotel chain, including Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Choice Hotels and Wyndham Worldwide. In addition, he has arranged both debt and equity capital for independent and boutique properties. Transactions have ranged from refinances to structured recapitalizations, equity raises and construction loans.

Prior to forming PMZ, Sonnabend was managing director at AFC Realty Capital, with oversight of the firm’s investment banking activities. He began his real estate career at MetLife and oversaw hotel assets in the Mid-Atlantic States. Sonnabend holds an MBA with a concentration in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Michigan and a BBA from George Washington University. He is a frequent contributor to industry publications and speaker on a variety of hospitality related topics.

I’ve completed a myriad of transactions over the past 10 years with Mike and Peter and their clients. Through the ups and downs of the real estate market cycle, they have consistently presented us with transactions that are attractive based on current market dynamics. Throughout the process from origination to closing they have been a strong advocate for their clients, and on more than one occasion, thought of an innovative solution to structure around significant issues. Their creative thinking has benefited their clients and made me confident that once we begin a transaction, it will lead to a successful closing.

Michael Amoia
Director, NY based insurance company