Our Team

Commitment to a client’s needs always comes first. You and your business will get the responsiveness you need. Professionalism and unbiased, market-tested advice will empower you to make critical business decisions with confidence.

There are no salespeople at Sterling CRE Advisors.  We are a team of fiduciaries dedicated to your interests in commercial real estate above our own.  We advise and counsel our clients how to maximize their return on commercial space, whether as owner-occupiers, tenants or investors. For this reason, Sterling CRE Advisors do not practice dual agency (one agent “representing” both parties to a real estate transaction.). We represent you only.

Responsive.  Results.  The Sterling CRE advantage.

Matt Mellott, CCIM – Commercial Real Estate Advisor

As a Marine Corps leader proven in the high-stress world of tactical aviation, Matt brings military speed, discipline and mission focus – fused with an entrepreneur’s eye for opportunity – to commercial real estate sales and investments.

For all your commercial real estate needs, call Matt direct at (406) 203-3950 to make your profit his mission.

Matt graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and dove right away into office and multi-family sales, management and investments. After working in the Atlanta, GA and Harrisburg, PA real estate markets, he signed up with the military and lived a dream by flying F/A-18s for the Marine Corps.  All the while, Matt maintained his real estate license in the states where he was stationed and accumulated multi-family investment properties throughout the country.

Although he no longer flies Hornets, Matt does bring the same intensity of thought and action to his approach to commercial real estate sales and investments. His areas of expertise include property income and expense analysis, cash flow valuations and lease structuring for office and multi-family investments.

Matt is happily married with six beautiful children and works hard so that he can enjoy time with them. During his free time, you’ll find him hiking, digging in the garden or chasing kids!

Claire Matten – Commercial Real Estate Advisor

Claire is a licensed associate with Sterling CRE Advisors and a graduate of the University of Montana, where she received a BA in Information Technology.  You may recognize her as the captain of the Women’s Volleyball Team for the Grizzlies from 2000 – 2004.

Email Claire@SterlingCREAdvisors.com to learn more about Sterling CRE’s data-driven approach to commercial real estate.

After beginning her career in real estate in Missoula in 2006, Claire joined Cushman & Wakefield in Phoenix from 2011 – 2018.  While there, Claire specialized in Industrial Capital Markets and gained valuable deal underwriting and transaction management experience.  During that time, Claire also led the efforts of her team in collecting and synthesizing data on the self-storage and industrial markets in Phoenix, turning it into high-value market intelligence for her clients.

Claire has a long record of successfully guiding local, national, and multi-national clients with their commercial real estate acquisitions, lease obligations, asset reposition and dispositions.  Along with her team, she has assisted clients with over $295 million in transactions. She specializes in industrial investment, commercial office, and self-storage properties and consistently exceeds the investment goals of her clients. Claire lives in Missoula and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, hiking, snowboarding, and cooking.

Sara Townsley – Research Director

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Sara is grateful to have called Montana home for the past decade. With Treasure State roots that go back five generations, it’s only makes sense that she’s discovered a deep connection to the land and people here. Before jumping onboard with Sterling CRE Advisors, Sara spent five years based in Lakeside, Montana with a non-profit organization that enabled her to travel internationally, including stops in Bulgaria, Ukraine and Taiwan.

Email Sara@SterlingCREAdvisors.com to learn more about Sterling CRE’s data-driven approach to commercial real estate.

Through her in-depth research on the local market, Sara provides the Sterling CRE team with crucial data to guide your business and investment decisions. Sara loves people and the opportunities that the real estate business provides for building relationships and serving client needs. She’s a regular at the Farmers’ Market, where she finds inspiration for her latest culinary creations.

Julie Hilley – Marketing Director

Julie has over 20 years experience as a marketing professional with a variety of companies, as well as owning and operating her own small businesses. Over the past few years Julie has worked primarily in the real estate industry, marketing specific areas including luxury residential and ranch brokerage, now focusing on commercial real estate. Her combined expertise, a competent and knowledgable approach to print and digital media, and a decades-long commitment to learning and understanding the business landscape of Montana, has led Julie to this fast-paced environment and she is thrilled to be a part of the Sterling CRE team.

Email Julie@SterlingCREAdvisors.com to learn more about Sterling CRE’s data-driven approach to commercial real estate.

A graduate of the University of Montana School of Business Administration and a many-generations native Montanan, Julie puts new meaning to the “6th degrees of separation” theory. She considers the entire state ‘home’ and has family, friends and colleagues in every corner. Julie is also a licensed real estate agent in the state of Montana.

Jessica Morina – Property Management Director

Jessica attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned two degrees. Soon after college she began her career in property management. She brings fourteen years of property management experience to the team with a focus on client/tenant satisfaction and adding value to the asset. Most of Jessica’s career was spent with Greystar, a large, international management company, where she gained critical knowledge to implement policy and procedures that ensure long term success for both her clients and Sterling CMG.

For all your commercial real estate management needs, call Jessica direct at (406) 290-9800.


Molly Mornhinweg – Operations Director

Molly just recently graduated from University of Montana with a degree in Psychology. After Spending five years falling in love with the west, she decided she couldn’t leave quite yet. Molly hopes to provide Sterling CRE with exceptional customer service skills and a commitment to her team. Having lived all over the country and circumnavigating the world on a ship for five months, she has learned to appreciate everything Montana has to offer. Her love of adventure has steered her to become a whitewater raft guide and a certified skydiver in the past, now it is steering her to learn about the Real Estate world and she couldn’t be more excited.

Molly can be reached by calling the Sterling CRE main office at (406) 203-4547