Michael S. Gustafson, President

Sperry Van Ness/DealPoint Merrill Equities


As President for the firm, Mr. Gustafson is responsible for arranging debt and equity transactions for joint venture acquisitions and 1031 exchanges for Sperry Van Ness Advisor’s and their clients portfolio.  With over 25 years of commercial real estate experience in underwriting, financing, and development background, Michael directs all of DealPoint Merrill Equities transactions.

Mr. Gustafson has been a Co-Managing Director at Sperry Van Ness/Renaissance Commercial in Irvine, California. Prior to joining Sperry Van Ness, Michael served as the President of VP Commercial, LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona, which specialized in the acquisition and development of award winning retail, office and industrial development company.  The firm’s portfolio grew in excess of $250 million square feet while being recognized as the top development companies from 2008-2010.   As the co-founder of “Vision Offices”, Mr. Gustafson directed office solutions for the Scottsdale based executive suite provider. He was responsible for the profitability, operations and staffing while providing the direction of its growth in the marketplace.  While Mr. Gustafson worked to grow the Vision concept, his properties were recognized as the “Business Center of the year” four years in a row.  His role as the Vice President for Daniel Fox and Associates, a national property condition assessment firm and as Hotel Director for Johnes Development, a prominent phoenix developer contributed to the $300 million Scottsdale Princess Hotel (now known as the Fairmont Princess) project.

Michael who graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Management has a California and Arizona real estate license, and is a member of NAIOP and ICSC.  He is recognized as a supporter of various local charitable organizations and has co-chaired several charitable events which include the annual Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Ball in Orange County and provides support to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.