Meet Our Team

Shawn Sanborn, President, CBI, Fellow of the IBBA                                                                                                   

Shawn has successfully sold a wide variety of businesses from quick service to fine dining restaurants, neighborhood grills to nightclubs.  He has assisted independent operators and national companies in site selection, leasing and real estate acquisitions…read more

Mark Valente, Associate Broker

Mark joined Sanborn and Company in 2003 after working for a large retail real estate firm here in Denver. Mark brings over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry…read more

Mark Thomas, CBI, Associate Broker

Mark joined Sanborn and Company in 2005 after nearly 20 years of practicing law in Colorado.  Clients and customers benefit from Mark’s legal experience in many valuable ways and often comment about his insightful analysis and negotiating acumen…read more

Nick Gotelaere, Associate Broker

Born in Duluth MN, his family came here in 1983, at age 12, he immediately felt connected to our amazing state.   Colorado has been his home ever since – with a few hiatus’ mixed in, including living on Kauai and the Pacific Northwest. His in-depth background in culinary….read more

Nina Whyte, Executive Assistant

Nina joined Sanborn and Company in January 2021 after 30 years working at the Colorado Restaurant Association…read more