SABRE Real Estate Group
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Our Team

With complimentary and diverse skill sets, our team offers clients a unique perspective on every project. By leveraging our real estate knowledge, we use our history of developing creative solutions to predictably contribute beneficial results on multiple levels.

L. Stephen Polito
(President & Founder)

Mr. Polito is a founder and the president of SABRE Real Estate Group. In 1977, Mr. Polito joined the Exxon Corporation. As a Director of Real Estate leading a number of Exxon Enterprise Companies, Mr. Polito was responsible for the planning, construction, and development of numerous headquarters, manufacturing and distribution facilities, and the management of over 450 locations.

From 1985 to 1995, Mr. Polito worked at Marcus & Millichap. As President and CEO of Marcus & Millichap Corporate Real Estate Services Company, he established a broad range of services tailored specifically for the corporate and institutional users of real estate. This highly successful division rapidly expanded nationally and internationally and, after posting significant increases in revenue, was sold to Ernst & Young, LLP.

From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Polito was a Senior Partner with Ernst & Young, LLP in its Real Estate Advisory Practice. He served as the National Director of Corporate Real Estate Services for Emerging and Rapid Growth Companies. Prior to the establishment of SABRE, he worked with CRESA Partners from 2003 through 2006.

Throughout Mr. Polito's career as a service provider, his emphasis has been on strategic planning, risk mitigation, cost reduction, negotiation, and brokerage of complex real estate transactions. He provided his clients with integrated corporate real estate solutions through long range strategic real estate planning, negotiations for the acquisition and/or disposition of office and industrial space, and oversight of tenant improvements.

Mr. Polito attended both the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology and Villanova University and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

For the past 20 years, Mr. Polito actively participated in both NACORE and IDRC and now continues as an active member in CoreNet. He has had numerous public speaking engagements, has conducted many seminars on a variety of corporate real estate and facilities related topics, and has published numerous l articles for industry professionals.

Personal interests include: auto racing, motorcycles, motorboating, golf, real estate investments, and fly fishing.

(California License # 00970780)

Douglas Hubert
(Executive Vice President & Co-Founder)

In 2007, Mr. Hubert became the co-founder and Executive Vice President of SABRE Real Estate Group. By unifying his real estate consulting, brokerage, and business experiences he has obtained a unique perspective. He continues to facilitate creative solutions for the firm's clientele. He remains strategically focused, and our clients benefit from his ability to convert information into a distinct business advantage. As a professional negotiator and problem solving advisor, his efforts have saved his clients millions of dollars, while positively affecting both share value and bottom-line results.

Immediately after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985, Mr. Hubert began his professional real estate career at Charter Commercial Brokerage Company in San Francisco. Initially, he provided market research, due diligence, and reporting in support of the firm's clientele. He quickly became an associate and then earned a senior associate title. For three straight years (1993-1995), he was recognized as a top ten performer for the national brokerage firm then known as Marcus & Millichap Corporate Real Estate Services Company.

In 1996, Mr. Hubert joined Ernst & Young LLP Real Estate Advisory Services as a manager via an acquisition. In 1998, Mr. Hubert was promoted to Senior Manager. In 2003, Mr. Hubert joined CRESA Partners as a Senior Vice President to open and become the lead professional for their new office in San Francisco.

Mr. Hubert was a member of the Board of Directors for Spectrum Center for over 13 years. Spectrum Center was a special education school and consulting program for physically and mentally disabled students. In 2004, as chairman of the board, he formalized the sale of the non-profit school to a for profit entity. Now, as the chairman of the board of the Wing Institute, an independent and non-profit organization, the $19M Spectrum Center sale proceeds are being utilized to promote evidence-based education policies and practices to address the serious challenges facing education today.

Personal interests include: golf, cooking, beer making, travel, attending college sporting events, and spending time with his family. He has also coached his children's little league baseball, soccer, and basketball teams for more than 10 years.

(California License # 00900397)

Thomas Shipley

Northern California native Mr. Thomas Shipley has had an expansive career in real estate for over thirty years. He has a tremendous amount of hands-on experience in every phase of the complicated commercial real estate process. Previously, Tom led site acquisitions, development, tenant lease negotiations, build-outs, asset management, broker communications, financial analysis, and ultimately, the exit or disposition of an institutional quality commercial real estate portfolio. He now leverages his detailed knowledge from the ownership perspective to provide cost-effective solutions for the firm’s clientele. His focus is on the exclusive representation of entities that use real estate for their business, whether it’s a lease or purchase of property. As a skilled tenant/buyer advocate, Tom strategically aligns our client’s business drivers to develop and then implement the preferred process to obtain the most favorable transaction.

His experience includes leases for companies ranging from local start-ups to international corporations with requirements that have exceeded 100,000 square feet.

Upon earning an MBA with a real estate emphasis from UC Berkeley in 1986, Tom worked for a national commercial real estate developer in San Francisco and subsequently was Executive Vice President of a prominent investor/developer in Northern California with a portfolio valuation approaching one billion dollars. In this long-term position, he was primarily responsible for the leasing of 700,000 square feet of office space, and the development of 220,000 square feet of office/R&D in multiple projects. In addition, he had a central role in the acquisition and disposition of hundreds of millions of dollars of commercial real estate on the West Coast.

Tom’s years of experience leading lease and purchase/sale negotiations, asset management, property development, and oversight of the design and construction of tenant improvements allow him to add significant value to both the creation of each client’s unique real estate strategy, and ultimately its implementation.

Mr. Shipley earned his undergraduate degree and graduated cum laude from UCLA, and has been a licensed California real estate broker for 20+ years.

In his “spare” time, Tom’s many interests in addition to family, include golf, travel, investing, and sports.

(California License # 01149468)

Our Beginnings

Stephen Polito and Douglas Hubert first met in 1985 at Marcus & Millichap. After forging a strong working relationship and a shared passion for the real estate industry, they decided to start their own company. Relying on their combined 70+ years of knowledge and experience in commercial real estate, Steve and Doug founded SABRE Real Estate Group in 2007. Steve and Doug strive to ensure that every client is provided the personal attention and resources necessary to meet the changing needs of their business in a timely manner, at minimal cost, and with recognized risks. This mission—and the desire to provide value added services and form lasting relationships with every client—drives their business. Along with their similar beliefs, Steve and Doug's individual strengths help contribute to the company's success. Steve's past corporate background, in-depth understanding of leasing, both retail and corporate, and his innate ability for negotiation are assets for any client. Doug's inherent ability to envision creative solutions, offer a unique perspective on projects, and his ability to approach, analyze and interpret various markets makes a significant contribution to any project.