As managing partner with Hayes Commercial Group, Steve Hayes brings 43 years of commercial real estate experience and has built a reputation for superior client service, integrity, and large-scale sales and leasing expertise. In fact, Steve has leased more than any other broker in the area. He has completed more than 2,000 transactions totaling over $3 billion in overall transaction value. Steve has also shown a strong talent for uncovering development opportunities and has helped many clients through the entire development, leasing, and sales process.

Steve has earned the trust of a broad range of prominent companies, institutions and developers, including Raytheon, Citrix Online, The Towbes Group, RightScale, Bermant Development, and Venoco.

Prior to founding Hayes Commercial Group, Steve was the managing partner for Leider Hayes Commercial for four years and Blair Hayes Commercial for 11 years. Steve has fostered a unique team approach among the firm’s brokers, and under his leadership Hayes Commercial Group has grown into one of the outstanding commercial firms in the region.

Professional Background

2008 – 2024:
Hayes Commercial Group, Partner, Founder

2004 – 2008:
Leider Hayes Commercial, Partner, Founder

1993 – 2004:
Blair Hayes Commercial, Partner, Founder

1984 – 1993:
Grubb & Ellis, Broker

1981 – 1984:
Coldwell Banker Commercial, Broker

1976 – 1981:
Xerox Corporation, Sales Executive


Steve graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Marketing and Public Relations.

Affiliations / Awards

  • Lobero Theatre Foundation: Board chair 2019 – 2023
  • Featured “Dealmaker” of the year multiple times by the Pacific Coast Business Times
  • California Bureau of Real Estate: Licensed Broker (lic. 00827640)
  • Santa Barbara County Regional Economic Task Force founding member

Notable Clients & Transactions

Raytheon  $41M sale of 208,000 sf office/R&D on 63 acres

Bermant Development  $40M sale of 208,000 sf office/R&D on 28 acres

KSI  $29M sale of 102,000 sf office building

Citrix Online  $20M sale of 160,000 sf office/R&D on 15 acres

Hansal Corporation  $19M sale of 121,000 sf office/R&D on 10 acres

Cavaletto Trust $16M sale of 52,000 sf medical/apartment on 9 acres

The Towbes Group  $13M sale of 58,000 sf office/R&D on 7 acres

Ericsson  170,000 sf lease of three office buildings, 10 year leases

Raytheon  160,000 sf lease of two office/R&D buildings, 5 year leases

Santa Barbara Bank & Trust  103,000 sf lease of office space, valued at $18 million

Somera Communications, Inc.  98,000 sf lease of distribution center, 5 year lease

Network Hardware Resale  98,000 sf lease of office and industrial space, 7 year leases

Venoco  51,000 sf lease of corporate office building, 12 year lease