Sean Hehir President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hehir has more than 20 years of experience in real estate investment and asset management, and currently serves as the President & CEO of Trinity Investments. In addition to management of the company, Mr. Hehir oversees the firm’s investment activities including sourcing and executing investment opportunities, formulating investment strategy, and structuring acquisitions and dispositions.
During his time with Trinity, Mr. Hehir has executed over US $5 billion of global real estate transactions. As a partner in Trinity Hotel Investors L.L.C., he was involved in the formation of Leading Hotel Fund Advisors, Ltd., a European hotel investment vehicle formed between affiliates of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. and Trinity Hotel Investors.
Prior to joining Trinity, Mr. Hehir worked for HVS International as a Senior Associate performing in-depth market studies, financial analyses, income and expense projections, valuations and feasibility studies, competitive market and property positioning studies, and operational reviews for hotels ranging from limited-service to full-service corporate and resort properties.
Mr. Hehir is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration and holds a Diploma in Hotel Administration from the Hotel Institute Montreux, Switzerland. He is a board member of the American Red Cross in Hawaii, the Hawaii Business Roundtable, Assets School, and the Hawaii Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, in addition to being an active member of YPO.
Charles M. Sweeney CHAIRMAN
Charles Sweeney is widely regarded as a visionary in the hotel industry and one of its most successful developers and entrepreneurs. He is recognized for his development of luxury and upscale hotels and resorts, ability to build strong management teams, strategic operations planning, and branding and marketing skills. He accurately anticipated, during its infancy, the then untapped market demand for the all-suite hotel and co-founded, developed, and presided over a hotel company that was sold in early 1996 for approximately US$500 million. Mr. Sweeney has conceptualized, developed, and operated over 50 full-service and luxury hotels and resorts throughout the continental U.S. and Hawaii with approximately 16,000 guest rooms/suites, at an estimated aggregate development cost of more than US$2.0 billion.
Prior to the formation of Trinity, Mr. Sweeney (1) joined and advanced to become President of Amfac’s Hotel and Resort Group, directing the business affairs of the company’s portfolio of 17 hotels with 8,000 rooms; (2) created and presided over Landmark Suites of America, a hotel development and management company that became the largest franchisee of Granada Royale Hometels (predecessor to the Embassy Suites Chain); (3) co-developed a new hotel brand, Crown Sterling Suites, where as President, he directed the company’s business affairs, including the management of 19 hotels located across the U.S.; and (4) conceived and developed numerous resorts, including Embassy Suites Kaanapali, Maui, the award winning Kea Lani Resort, Wailea, Maui, and the Pointe at Poipu, Kauai.
Mr. Sweeney started his career with the Marriott Corporation. He received his degree in Hotel Administration from Paul Smith College, New York and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program.
Greg S. Dickhens PRINCIPAL
As Principal, Mr. Dickhens is responsible for overseeing and managing Trinity’s investment strategies. With 25 years of hospitality experience, Mr. Dickhens has a highly diverse and complementary skillset, a wealth of longstanding relationships and an intimate understanding of the global marketplace. Before joining Trinity, he served on the Board of Directors of Seibu Properties, one of the largest private land owners in Japan and was Vice President of Prince Resorts Hawaii.
Prior to joining Prince Resorts Hawaii, Mr. Dickhens was President and Senior Advisor of
Kyo-ya Company LLC and a member of the Board of Directors of Kyo-ya Pacific Company, LLC and each of its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Kyo-ya, Mr. Dickhens served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vail Resorts Development Company in Vail, Colorado.
Mr. Dickhens also spent seven years with Hilton Hotel Corporation in Beverly Hills, California, as Vice President of Managed Development and Director of Feasibility and Investment Analysis. Prior to Hilton, Mr. Dickhens was with Marriott International, first as Senior Manager of Market Planning and Feasibility for North America and Latin America in Washington, D.C., then as Vice President of Hotel Development Planning for Asia/Pacific Region, based in Hong Kong.
Mr. Dickhens received a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration with a concentration in real estate finance and property development, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA, graduating with honors. He is a member of YPO and serves on the board of the Straub Hospital Foundation and Punahou School’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Dickhens also served on the Host Committee for APEC 2011 and the Hawaii Business Roundtable, and is a past board member of the Waikiki Improvement Association, Historic Hawaii Foundation, The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Council for the Environment, Gift Foundation of Hawaii, Guenoc Winery, and After-School All-Stars.
Kevin Hayashi PRINCIPAL & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Hayashi has over 25 years of experience in the fields of Public and Private Accounting. As Trinity’s Chief Financial Officer, he supervises Trinity’s financial management and partnership relationships. Prior to joining Trinity in 1997, Mr. Hayashi was an Audit Manager for the inter-national accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he oversaw audits for multinational companies with activity in Hawaii and Micronesia. He has been involved in international audits for banks and financial institutions, agricultural companies, real estate and construction firms, media, hotels and travel companies, the services industry, and high-technology manufacturers, as well as county and state government.
Mr. Hayashi, a Certified Public Accountant, graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting.
Ryan Donn PRINCIPAL & CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Mr. Donn has 17 years of experience in hospitality real estate, including experience on transactions exceeding US$2 billion in value. As Principal and Chief Investment Officer of Trinity Investments, he is responsible for leading the transactional activity of the firm including due diligence, acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. Through his transactional experience, Mr. Donn’s expertise extends to purchase and sale agreements, brand and management agreements, loan agreements, and partnership agreements and investment structuring. Along with Trinity’s other principals, he is responsible for building and executing upon the business plans for the firm’s investments.
Prior to his joining Trinity, Mr. Donn held real estate investment and advisory positions with Hotel Capital Advisers, Inc. (hotel investment advisors to Prince Alwaleed), Lehman Brothers, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Donn is a former instructor of New York University’s graduate hospitality program.
Mr. Donn earned his Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in real estate from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. He is a Cornell Tradition Fellow, a member of the Cornell University Council, and a former chair of the Dean’s Council of Young Alumni for the Cornell Hotel School. He is actively involved on committees and boards with Urban Land Institute and GIFT Foundation (Hawaii), and is a Pacific Century Fellow.
Juan Vaughan PRINCIPAL & HEAD OF MEXICO REAL ESTATE
Mr. Vaughan has over 20 years of investment and development experience spanning all facets of real estate in Mexico. Mr. Vaughan is responsible for expanding Trinity’s presence in the Mexican market and oversees all of Trinity’s investment activity in Mexico, including sourcing, structuring, underwriting and executing investments.
Prior to joining Trinity, Mr. Vaughan served 10 years as the Director for Hotels and Vacation Club for Grupo Questro where he was in charge of asset management of six properties, development of all new hotels, as well as all other related transactions. Mr. Vaughan operated and managed Casa Dorada Hotel and Timeshare sales, negotiated and oversaw development of the 500-key Secrets Puerto Los Cabos, and led development for the Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residences in Los Cabos.
Mr. Vaughan began his career at Protego (Evercore) as a financial analyst, and subsequently worked for Marriott International as part of the Development Financing Team. Mr. Vaughan grad-uated from ITAM in Mexico City and completed his MBA at Georgetown University.
Craig Lovett Vice President of Development
Mr. Lovett has over 30 years of design, development, project management, and construction experience in the commercial, residential, educational, civic and hospitality fields. As Vice President of Development, Mr. Lovett oversees both the construction and development aspects of the business with a thorough understanding of hotel management and operations.
Most recently, Mr. Lovett served as Vice President of Design & Development for Prince Resorts Hawaii, a Seibu company, where he coordinated and managed the repositioning, redevelop-ment, and rebranding of their hotel portfolio in Hawaii, including Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, and Prince Waikiki.
Mr. Lovett started his career in the consulting engineering field where he grew to be Partner of a large multinational consulting engineering firm specializing in MEP and Environmental services. Mr. Lovett earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Gregg Yamauchi DIRECTOR OF ACQUISITIONS
Mr. Yamauchi currently serves as the Director of Acquisitions responsible for the sourcing, underwriting, and execution of the company’s investment activities. He also helps facilitate disposition activities and complements the team’s asset management functions.
Prior to joining Trinity, Mr. Yamauchi was a Vice President with Karlin Real Estate, a private investment fund based in Los Angeles. During his time with Karlin, Mr. Yamauchi was primarily involved in the firm’s acquisition efforts throughout the US and Europe and was responsible for all aspects of the acquisition process including sourcing, underwriting, due diligence and clos-ing. In addition, Mr. Yamauchi spent two years abroad in the UK to open Karlin’s London office and establish its European investment business. Prior to Karlin, Mr. Yamauchi began his career as an analyst in Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Advisory Services group in Los Angeles. He has personally overseen over $1 billion of real estate transactions throughout his career.
Mr. Yamauchi graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Harrison ‘Jeeter’ Ishida DIRECTOR
Mr. Ishida is responsible for underwriting and assisting in transaction execution as well as participating in asset management functions related to the Trinity’s portfolio.
Prior to his joining Trinity, Mr. Ishida was an analyst with Jones Lang LaSalle’s Hotel & Hospitality Group based in Los Angeles. During his time at JLL, he was involved in over US$1.6 billion in transactions. Mr. Ishida started his career as an investment banker at GCA Savvian Advisors, focusing on mergers and acquisitions in their San Francisco office. While at GCA, Mr. Ishida was involved in over US$1.0 billion of public and private M&A transactions. Mr. Ishida graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.
Collin Hoo ASSOCIATE
Mr. Hoo is responsible for underwriting and due diligence functions related to the asset manage-ment and investment activities of Trinity’s existing real estate portfolio.
Previously, Mr. Hoo was an analyst for Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Advisory Services group in Los Angeles. At E&Y, Mr. Hoo performed project feasibility, valuation, and transaction due diligence services on over US$500 million of commercial real estate in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Hoo earned his Bachelor’s degree with a minor in real estate from the School of Hotel Adminis-tration at Cornell University and is conversational in Japanese.
Andi R. McIntosh ANALYST
Ms. McIntosh is responsible for supporting Trinity’s senior investment professionals in asset management activities related to the firm’s existing portfolio as well as investment due diligence and acquisitions execution.
Prior to joining Trinity, Ms. McIntosh was in sales and design with Island Partners Hawaii, a lead-ing destination management company focused on planning and operating corporate incentive programs across Hawaii’s five major islands. Ms. McIntosh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and in French, with a minor in business, from the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell University.
Deanna Oda Partnership Controller
Ms. Oda has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of Private and Public Accounting. She is responsible for Trinity’s partnership accounting and overseeing partnership tax matters. Prior to joining Trinity in 1999, Ms. Oda was a Senior Auditor for the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. She oversaw audits for hotel and travel companies, healthcare, state government, banks and financial institutions, as well as retail companies. She also spent six years in the healthcare industry supervising the consolidation of healthcare entities and cash management.
Ms. Oda, a Certified Public Accountant, graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting.
Karyn Komatsu ASSISTANT CONTROLLER
Ms. Komatsu has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector. As Assistant Controller, Ms. Komatus supports Trinity’s partnership controller. She is responsible for the firm’s bookkeeping and distribution payments as well as statutory compliance for the partnership entities. Prior to joining Trinity in 2000, she worked in the healthcare and hospitality industries.
Ms. Komatsu graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting.
Miki CupChoy Administrative Manager
Ms. CupChoy’s responsibilities include office management and assisting the Principals at Trinity.
Prior to joining Trinity in 2006, Ms. CupChoy spent over six years in the hospitality industry, working in Sales at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa. Before the Grand Wailea, Ms. CupChoy worked with the County of Maui, Department of Housing and Human Concerns.
Ms. CupChoy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and an Associate in Science degree in Office Administration and Technology from the University of Hawaii Maui Campus, graduating with honors. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.