meet the team

Dan Cunningham

Partner, Chief Executive Officer 
Dan earned his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara and went on to Pepperdine University School of Law where he earned his law degree in 1997. Upon graduation from law school, he began his career in real estate where he has extensive experience holding various positions in the mortgage industry and the land, commercial, and apartment brokerage sectors. Dan manages business development and is the managing broker at Sharper Management. In this role, he stays current with legislation, legal matters, and actively works to progress Sharper’s imprint in the local marketplace. His legal background frequently proves beneficial for Sharper Management’s clients.

Get to know Dan. We asked: how do you stay up-to-speed on industry trends?

I enjoy reading, especially trade publications, the local news, Economist magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Reading, along with meetings in the local community, help me bring an informed perspective to Sharper Management.


Matt Froehlich

Partner, Chief Operating Officer 
After a stint playing professional hockey in Europe, Matt began his career in the real estate industry specializing in the investment sales of multi-family properties in Minnesota. Nearly 10 years later, Matt has a thorough understanding of client service and is continually working to improve company operations to benefit clients. He graduated with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Management from Quinnipiac University. As Chief Operating Officer, Matt runs the maintenance division at Sharper Management. He also oversees management staff, is active in talent acquisition, and runs the general operations of the company. His goals include, continually improving the internal systems, controls, and client offering at Sharper.

Get to know Matt. We asked: what’s your vision for Sharper Management?

My vision for Sharper Management is to be one of the best places to work in the Twin Cities. To help achieve this, we invest in the growth and development of our employees and encourage our team to be actively involved with local chapters of industry groups like CAI. I believe that our team-centered work environment produces the best results for our clients.


Nick Schilling

Partner, Chief Technology Officer 
Nick holds a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he graduated cum laude. His experience includes ten years of accounting, information technology, and financial analysis for a Fortune 500 financial service company. He also earned Six Sigma Green Belt Certification prior to joining Sharper Management in 2010. Nick is Sharper Management’s lead innovator who ensures our technology is cutting edge and works to make our systems efficient and beneficial for our clients.

Get to know Nick. We asked: how do you lead at Sharper Management?

Having a Management of Information Systems degree and extensive IT experience has helped me – and Sharper Management – stay ahead of the curve on technology and create leading property management financial systems. These systems provide transparency into our financial process, resulting in brand integrity.

Candy Lee

Director of Community Management
Candy is a dynamic and detail-oriented leader with years of extensive experience in multiple aspects of community management. She has worked in the property management industry since 1994 and works closely with every manager to ensure the highest level of support and service for our clients. She is continually finding ways to improve the client offering at Sharper Management and has recently earned the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designation. The PCAM is the highest designation possible awarded to community management professionals. Her professional experience and education are great assets in her position where she oversees and supports Sharper’s community managers and coordinates training and continuing education programs for them.

Get to know Candy. We asked: how do you view the culture at Sharper Management?

One of our goals from the beginning was to create a company that is considered a great place to work. We feel we’ve accomplished this goal and we take great pride in providing a welcoming and positive culture for our employees, vendors, and association members. Our door is always open, so please stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.


Todd Essig

Accounting Manager
Essig is an analytical financial management professional who possesses expertise in areas including finance operations, corporate accounting management, and large-scale financial accountability.
Essig’s experience lies in accounting management in the real estate industry and as a controller for local companies and non-profits such as the Ordway Center for Performing Arts.
His proven success in analyzing process constraints, margin analysis, and tracking costs back to underlying activities are key qualities Sharper Management was seeking for this position.
“Todd’s expertise in process and cost analysis are wonderful strengths that will allow Sharper Management to continue bringing the highest level of service to our clients. We are happy to have him on our team,” states Nick Shilling Partner and Chief Technology Officer.


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