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Michael Staenberg

Michael Staenberg

Since he co-founded THF Realty in 1991, President Michael Staenberg has grown the company into one of the largest privately-held commercial real estate firms in the United States.

Today THF’s portfolio, valued at over two billion dollars, includes more than 100 projects totaling 20 million square feet, primarily in retail shopping centers located in over half the states in the country. The sustained success of THF is based on Staenberg’s philosophy: build premiere properties designed for long-term ownership and management by the company.

Build to Own
Such growth is unprecedented in the industry and is largely credited to Staenberg’s entrepreneurial spirit and matched by his passion to succeed.

A visionary, he is able to imagine what has never been before, such as Missouri’s Chesterfield Commons, the country’s first big box retail power center with 2.5 million square feet of super stores, discounters, retail establishments, restaurants and banks. Relentless, he is able to find a way where others could not, such as developing the Chesterfield flood plain that others had deemed unusable land.

Known for his endless energy and competitive edge, Staenberg pays meticulous attention to every detail on every project, including design, construction, leasing and management. His involvement verges on the extreme, from insisting upon energy-conserving white roofs to choosing planters that are attractive to shoppers. He understands that the simplest decisions – the width of the sidewalks or the trees in the parking lot -- can determine whether people enjoy the experience of coming to a shopping center.

Community Commitment
Thanks to Staenberg’s direction, THF not only provides residents with first-class shopping destinations, it provides the community with a good friend as well. Its efforts include building playgrounds, purchasing land for soccer fields, schools and parks, donating 60,000 tulips for Habitat for Humanity and sponsoring the after-school reading program “An Apple a Day,” in the Quad Cities, just to mention a few.

Dedication to the Environment
Decades ago, long before it was trendy to be “green,” and long before it was a global imperative, Staenberg became a steward of the environment. Conservation was an integral part of the planning and execution of his developments. For example, natural habitats are preserved wherever possible; nature and bike trails are added to developments; and even parking lots are constructed with filters so oil can be drained and recycled. In Brighton, CO, the Prairie Center was designed to include a wild life sanctuary that would support the eagles that nested in the region.

Staenberg is widely recognized and respected as a civic leader and philanthropist in St. Louis and in communities with THF developments.  He is a board member for many organizations serving health care, arts, education and Jewish life. He generously funds hundreds of programs personally and through the Staenberg Family Foundation, which was created in 2005. In May 2009, the Jewish Community Center opened the Staenberg Family Complex, an 80,000 square-foot state-of-the-art recreation and community facility.

Presently he serves on the board of directors or trustees of the following organizations:

  • Jewish Community Center (Chairman of the Board)
  • Regional Business Council
  • St. Louis Variety (Executive Committee)
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • Webster University
  • St. Louis Zoo Foundation
  • Contemporary Arts Museum St. Louis
  • Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Sheldon Concert Hall and Galleries
  • American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • Holocaust Museum in St. Louis
  • Loosen the Leash
  • Epstein Hebrew Academy
  • St. Louis Effort for Aids

He has received numerous business-related awards, including the prestigious Key to the Region Award in 2007 from the Regional Business Council and Richard Weiss Man of the Year Award in 2002 for his leadership and volunteerism; the St. Louis Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000; the City of Clayton Businessperson of the Year in 2001; and the City of Chesterfield’s Businessperson of the Year in 1999. Frequently named to the list of the most powerful St. Louisans by St. Louis Magazine and most influential businessmen by St. Louis Business Journal, Staenberg also has been featured in various national publications.

Prior to founding THF, Staenberg was Senior Vice President and Director of Real Estate for the Leo Eisenberg Company, a national real estate development organization. As a broker he has represented Wal-Mart, Sam's, McDonald's, Blockbuster Video, Kroger, Lowe's Home Improvement Centers, Payless Shoes, Pearl Vision, AMC Theaters and Taco Bell. Staenberg is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Metropolitan St. Louis Board of Realtors.

An athlete who was coached in tennis by Poncho Segura in his youth, Staenberg is today an avid skier, yoga enthusiast and bicyclist who often competes in bike races to raise money for charity. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance from Arizona State University.

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