Meet the Team2018-11-02T08:48:50+00:00

Meet the Team

US Capital Development is an innovative commercial and industrial real estate development, financing, and construction firm. Our decades of experience, coupled with strategic partnerships and access to capital, allow us to develop world-class real estate solutions for our clients.

Our approach to development emphasizes collaboration and shared value creation. Our funding comes primarily from our principals’ capital and that of aligned partners, allowing us to focus on custom solutions for build-to-suit tenants, self-owned industrial parks like Fenton Logistics Park in Missouri, and speculative development in markets throughout the US where we add value to the community.

USCD is proud to be a first-class corporate industrial and office development firm, with several million square feet of projects currently active across the United States. If you’re looking for a real estate development partner with a deep understanding of logistics, market growth, and real estate needs both macro and micro, get in touch with us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

  • Scott Sachtleben
    Scott Sachtleben
    Managing Principal
  • David Truetzel
    David Truetzel
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Scott Haley
    Scott Haley
    Managing Director of Development
  • James White
    James White
    Managing Director, National Development
  • Dan O’Connor
    Dan O’Connor
    Managing Director of Construction
  • Jerry Grunzinger
    Jerry Grunzinger
    Director of Construction
  • James Kodner
    James Kodner
    Director of Finance
  • Scott Rakonick
    Scott Rakonick
    Senior Project Manager
  • Kari Cleveland
    Kari Cleveland
    Senior Accountant
  • Max Breitmayer
    Max Breitmayer
    Development Associate
  • Andrew Romero Smith
    Andrew Romero Smith
    Financial Analyst
  • Misti McKinley
    Misti McKinley
    Executive Office Administrator
Scott Sachtleben
Managing Principal

As Managing Principal for US Capital Development, Scott Sachtleben identifies and implements the company’s strategic vision, initiatives, and real estate opportunities, as well as overseeing all of USCD’s operations and partner relations. Under his leadership, USCD is dedicated to creating successful, long-term relationships with its real estate clients and capital partners through consistent, high-quality projects delivered on time and on budget.

Prior to his role with USCD, Scott served as Senior Vice President of Development for The Desco Group in St. Louis. Previously, Scott was a senior partner with the Greensfelder law firm in St. Louis, specializing in a broad practice of real estate development and finance.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Highest Honors from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

ssachtleben@uscd.com

David Truetzel
Chief Financial Officer

David W. Truetzel is the Chief Financial Officer for US Capital Development. He is a seasoned operations and financial executive with over thirty years of experience in the real estate, financial services and the healthcare/senior living industries.
David Truetzel sits on the Board of Directors of Enterprise Bank, Inc., Verifi Inc., Amedica, Inc., and Paranet, LLC. Mr. Truetzel holds a B.S. in Accounting from Saint Louis University, an MBA from The Wharton School, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

dtruetzel@uscd.com

Scott Haley
Managing Director of Development

Scott Haley, Managing Director for US Capital Development, has nearly 20 years experience in the real estate industry. He has directed and managed several million square feet of commercial projects and other real estate assets, and developed strong government relationships while working in the municipal planning and economic development arena.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning, both from Kansas State University.

shaley@uscd.com

James White
Managing Director, National Development

James (Jim) White has extensive development experience, having spent decades in leadership roles at various real estate development firms. As the Managing Director of National Development for US Capital Development, Jim leads USCD’s industrial speculative development platform and assists in procuring capital sources for these projects.

Prior to joining USCD, Jim was a Partner with Ridgeline Property Group, responsible for national build‐to‐suit and speculative development projects in strategic markets throughout the United States. Jim also previously held roles as the Chief Operating Office for the Industrial Division of Johnson Development Company, Inc (JDA) where he was procuring and managing a collective 7.1 million square feet of development for occupants like Amazon, Mars, Vitamin Shoppe, Walmart and Lumber Liquidators. Prior to that, Jim spent 11 years acting as First Vice President and Global Services Officer at Prologis, managing dozens of global accounts and directing the development of 21.9 million square feet of build-to-suit and speculative development project, as well as acquisitions of industrials facilities.

Jim holds a BBA from Western Michigan University with majors in Accounting & Business Law, as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan. Jim was also a Certified Public Accountant with the firm of Deloitte, Haskins, & Sells in Detroit, Michigan from 1979-1982.

jwhite@uscd.com

Dan O’Connor
Managing Director of Construction

Dan O’Connor is responsible for providing overall leadership to the project team in developing and implementing capital construction projects. He brings over 25 years of Owner Representative experience to the USCD team, having worked on over 500 projects with a cumulative value of more than $3 billion.

With a background in office, medical, retail and industrial space development, Dan’s industry experience in asset acquisition, contract negotiation, and management brings an added level of expertise to USCD. His work with zoning and easement issues, as well as budget development and tenant finishes, enhances his current project roster.

doconnor@uscd.com

Jerry Grunzinger
Director of Construction

Jerry Grunzinger, US Capital Development Director of Construction, has nearly 30 years of experience in the development, design, and construction industry.

In his experiences, Mr. Grunzinger has participated in the architecture, design, development, and construction of project types including: industrial/warehouse, office, hospitality, casino, government/military, medical and retail.

Mr. Grunzinger is a practicing registered architect. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, holding a B.A. in Architecture.

jgrunzinger@uscd.com

James Kodner
Director of Finance

James Kodner joined US Capital Development as its Director of Finance in 2017. James is responsible for the firm’s financial analysis, budgeting, and capital markets activities, as well as its investment, leasing and business development initiatives.

Prior to joining USCD, James was an Associate with Stockbridge Capital Group, a real estate private equity firm based in San Francisco. Prior to Stockbridge, James worked as a fixed-income Analyst at BlackRock, Inc. in New York City.

​James graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University, with a dual major in Economics and Chinese.

jkodner@uscd.com

Scott Rakonick
Senior Project Manager

Scott Rakonick, Senior Project Manager for US Capital Development, has been working in the construction industry for 23 years, with roles at contracting and development companies both large and small.

Scott has built many interesting projects for clients including: data centers, office buildings, tilt-up warehouse, and numerous medical facilities.

Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is LEED AP certified and has constructed a LEED Gold data center and a LEED Silver school building.

srakonick@uscd.com

Kari Cleveland
Senior Accountant

kcleveland@uscd.com

Max Breitmayer
Development Associate

Max joined USCD in 2017. Max is responsible for development, site acquisition, property management, and administration. Mr. Breitmayer helps direct USCD’s marketing efforts and lead generation. He has held positions in commercial and residential security services, IT, and construction fields. Mr. Breitmayer graduated from Clemson University, with a B.A. in Marketing.

mbreitmayer@uscd.com

Andrew Romero Smith
Financial Analyst

Andrew joined the USCD team in June 2018. Prior to USCD, Andrew gained experience in commercial real estate through two internships at BH Equities, a top ten multifamily management and investment firm.

Andrew graduated in May 2018 from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis with Majors in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

asmith@uscd.com

Misti McKinley
Executive Office Administrator

mmckinley@uscd.com