Meet The Team

The Chris Saizan Group

MICHALA MERLINO

Transaction Manager

A student at California State University Sacramento. Michala has an extensive background in writing and organizational skills. Michala is the executive assistant to Chris Saizan and the transaction coordinator for the team. Her primary focus is processing your file to ensure no detail goes unattended. Throughout the transaction, Michala will be communicating with you to let you know what items are needed and what your next steps will be. Michala has lived in Sacramento her whole life and was introduced to Real Estate at a very young age, as both of her parents are successful Realtors at Keller Williams.

JUSTIN SORBA

Lead Buyer’s Agent

Justin was born and raised in Sunnyvale but has been a Sacramento native for over 18 years. He studied Molecular Biology at Sacramento State University and excelled in Chemistry and Mathematics. He spent over 13 years tending bar and making connections at Mikuni Sushi Restaurant in Midtown. Now, with over 5 years experience as a realtor, he is the Lead Showing Agent for The Chris Saizan Group. With his expertise, attention to detail and passion for Real Estate, he is sure to exceed all of your Realtor expectations.

STEPHANIE BARDEN

Lead Sellers Agent

Stephanie, a 4th generation Sacramentan, joins our team with 10 years of commercial real estate experience acquired while working for CBRE, Inc. in Phoenix. She is an Arizona State University graduate. Her passion for real estate comes from her family; her mother runs a property management company and her father is a commercial and residential developer who has been in the business for over 40 years. Now, being an agent with The Chris Saizan Group, her enthusiasm and passion for homes makes Stephanie an excellent addition to the team.

Fidel Padilla

Fidel Padilla

Lead Showing Agent

Born in Salinas, California,  Fidel moved to Sacramento at the age of 7 with his family. Fidel is the oldest of 4 siblings and  has been a Sacramentan for almost 20 years now. Fidel studied computer science at Cosumnes River College where he then went on to work at Niello BMW in Sacramento where he ascended into Sales and maintained a sales position for over 3 years. Fidel obtained his Real Estate License in 2015 and is now the Lead Showing agent for The Chris Saizan Group. His eagerness to learn and ability to provide an excellent home buying experience makes him a great addition to the team.