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.

PMZ has worked with our franchisees for over two decades financing all of the Hilton brands.  They have extensive experience with our brands and in the capital markets and have provided outstanding customer service.  Their business consistently finds creative financing solutions for our licensees, which, in turn, helps the Hilton Franchise Development Team achieve our growth objectives. PMZ brings trust and commitment to our franchisees.  We look forward to continuing our relationship with PMZ and recommending them to our franchisees in the future.

Bill Fortier
Senior Vice President Development, Hilton Worldwide