Sean Hehir Principal & Managing Partner
Mr. Hehir has more than 20 years of experience in real estate investment and asset management, and currently serves as a Managing Partner 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$7.7 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, and the Hawaii Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, in addition to being an active member of Young Presidents Organization.
Greg S. Dickhens Principal & Managing Partner
As a Managing Partner, 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 where he was responsible for coordinating the repositioning, redevelopment and value enhancement strategies of Prince’s portfolio in Hawaii, including the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the Hapuna Beach Hotel and the Hawaii Prince.
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. Kyo-ya owns seven hotels in Hawaii, California and Florida, including the Sheraton Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Prior to joining Kyo-ya, Mr. Dickhens served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vail Resorts Development Company in Vail, Colorado and oversaw the financing and development of hotels, condominiums, single family homes and retail space. 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. 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.
Lee Neibart Chairman & Senior Partner
Mr. Neibart is a highly accomplished real estate professional with a diverse array of skills honed over his approximately 40-year career in the industry. As Chairman & Senior Partner, Mr. Neibart focuses on advancing Trinity’s global investment strategies and fundraising efforts.
Mr. Neibart was a Partner in the Ares Real Estate Group and Chairman of Ares Global Real Estate, focusing on fundraising and U.S. opportunistic investing. Mr. Neibart also served on the Ares Real Estate Operating Committee and was a member of the Ares Real Estate Group’s U.S. Equity and Europe Equity Investment Committees. Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions at top real estate investment companies, having held executive roles at firms such as Apollo Real Estate Advisors, where, as Partner, he oversaw the investment and management of 15 real estate funds & joint ventures resulting in over 400 transactions with an aggregate value of over $30 billion, as well as NRDC Equity Partners & Robert Martin Company as a Founding Partner and Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President, respectively. Mr. Neibart serves as a director on various boards and is on the Advisory Board of The Real Estate Institute of New York University.
Mr. Neibart earned an M.B.A from New York University and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
Kevin Hayashi CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Hayashi has over 30 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 (inactive), 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 more than 17 years of experience in hospitality real estate, including experience on transactions exceeding US$3 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.
Jeffrey S. Barry CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER & GENERAL COUNSEL
Mr. Barry serves as the Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Trinity Investments, with responsibility for the management of the firm’s compliance, human resources, IT, and legal and corporate governance functions in support of Trinity’s portfolio and strategic vision.
Prior to joining Trinity, Mr. Barry was the Deputy General Counsel of Schottenstein Stores Corporation, a family office, and Vice President of Legal and Finance of TACKMA, LLC, an affiliated men’s apparel brand, both based in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to Schottenstein and TACKMA, Mr. Barry began his career as an associate in Goodwin Procter LLP’s tax practice in Boston.
Mr. Barry earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting from The Ohio State University, a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.
Marc Rucinski Managing Director, Head of Product Development & Investor Relations
Mr. Rucinski is responsible for overseeing and managing Trinity’s Product Development and Investor Relations efforts. With over 20 years’ experience executing over $46 billion in real estate and private equity transactions, Mr. Rucinski has an extensive experience in the public and private real estate capital markets.
Before joining Trinity, Mr. Rucinski served as the Asia Pacific Head of Private Equity and Real Estate at Citi Private Bank in Hong Kong where he was responsible for sourcing, structuring, and syndicating private equity, real estate and venture capital investments to ultra-high net worth and family office investors around the world. In this capacity, he oversaw more than $5.2 billion of investments across 40 vehicles. Mr. Rucinski also served on various Investment Committees, responsible for approval and oversight of $18 billion of global real estate and private equity funds, separately managed accounts, co-investments and club structures. Prior to his role in Asia, Mr. Rucinski was Citi Private Bank’s Co-head of Americas Real Estate based in New York City, where he originated, structured, and syndicated real estate private equity investments across all asset classes.
Prior to Citi Private Bank, Mr. Rucinski was a Vice President in the Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Investment Banking group at Credit Suisse. Mr. Rucinski also previously served as a Vice President in the Global Structured Finance & Investments Alternative Assets group at Merrill Lynch, a Vice President in the Real Estate Finance & Securitization Large Loan Origination group at Credit Suisse, and a Manager in the Global Business Strategy and Business Solutions group at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Mr. Rucinski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and a Master in Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Casey Wilson Vice President, Product Development & Investor Relations
Mr. Wilson focuses on Trinity’s Product Development and Investor Relations efforts. He has over 12 years’ experience and has executed more than $20 billion of real estate and private equity transactions. Mr. Wilson is responsible for expanding Trinity’s investor base by bringing new investment opportunities and products to limited partners and strategic co-investors around the world.
Prior to joining Trinity, Mr. Wilson was a senior member of Citi Private Bank’s Private Equity and Real Estate Research and Management team. His key responsibilities included sourcing, structuring, and syndicating private equity, real estate, and venture capital investments to ultra-high net worth and family office investors around the world. Mr. Wilson led his team’s investment due diligence efforts and was instrumental in more than quadrupling the team’s regional revenue during his tenure at Citi Private Bank.
Prior to Citi Private Bank, Mr. Wilson was a Vice President in the Real Estate Investment Banking group at Barclays. Mr. Wilson also previously held Associate roles at American Realty Capital and within Credit Suisse’s Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Investment Banking Group in New York.
Mr. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master in Business Administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
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, redevelopment, 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.
Karl Schmeck Vice President of Development
Mr. Schmeck currently serves as a Vice President of Development, overseeing the strategy, planning, design and implementation of Trinity’s various hospitality repositioning projects.
Prior to joining Trinity, Mr. Schmeck led the Design and Development division of the Catalina Island Company. As Vice President, he oversaw numerous resort commercial property improvements, residential construction, lease negotiations, development analysis, strategic planning and entitlement efforts, including the design and renovation of the Company’s signature historic hotel in Avalon, California.
Prior to that the Catalina Island Company, Mr. Schmeck was an Associate with Hart Howerton, a development-focused design consultancy, where he managed the master planning, design and engineering of historic resort repositioning projects. His experience in hospitality destinations include sites in Mexico, Italy, Panama and the United States.
Mr. Schmeck earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. He is a licensed architect in the State of New York.
Gregg Yamauchi Vice President
Mr. Yamauchi currently serves as a Vice President on the acquisitions team 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 firm 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 closing. 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 Vice President
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 DIRECTOR
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.
Ana C. Aguilar Associate
As an Associate, Ms. Aguilar is responsible for providing asset management services for Trinity’s existing portfolio as well as underwriting and supporting the team with the acquisition of new hotels. Prior to joining Trinity, Ms. Aguilar was an Associate within JLL Canada’s Hotels and Hospitality Group, where she was involved in the sale of over $1.4 billion in hotel transactions across Canada. Prior to this, Ms. Aguilar has had diverse experience in the operational and management areas of the hospitality industry both within Canada and internationally.
Ms. Aguilar holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bishop’s University and received her Master’s Degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, where she specialized in Hotel Real Estate Finance.
Scott Matsuwaka Associate
Mr. Matsuwaka is primarily responsible for the underwriting and due diligence of new investments, in addition to asset management functions related to Trinity’s existing portfolio.
Prior to joining Trinity, Mr. Matsuwaka was an Associate at Hercules Capital, a venture firm based in Palo Alto, where he was involved in the sourcing, structuring and underwriting of debt and equity investments in venture and private equity backed technology companies. Mr. Matsuwaka began his career in investment banking at Wells Fargo Securities in San Francisco, where he supported over $1.0 billion in M&A, debt and equity transactions for public and private clients in the gaming and leisure sector. Mr. Matsuwaka graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Ethan Ng Pack Analyst
Mr. Ng Pack is primarily responsible for supporting Trinity’s acquisition efforts, and secondarily assists with managing the existing portfolio’s assets.
Prior to joining Trinity, Mr. Ng Pack was a summer analyst at the Blackstone Group on its real estate private equity team. He recently graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Real Estate.
Lealei Magat-Hino Fund Controller
As Fund Controller, Ms. Magat-Hino is responsible for overseeing the accounting operations of Trinity’s investment funds. Prior to joining Trinity, Ms. Magat-Hino was an Accounting Manager at Servco Pacific Inc. where she led the general ledger accounting team. Prior to Servco Pacific Inc., she was an Accounting Policy Manager at First Hawaiian Bank where she led the adoption of new accounting standards. Ms. Magat-Hino was previously a Senior Accounting Manager in the private equity strategy at Oaktree Capital Management. Ms. Magat-Hino began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Los Angeles, focusing on audits in the financial services industry.
Ms. Magat-Hino, a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor in Studio Arts.
Gail Akabane Partnership Controller
As Partnership Controller, Ms. Akabane is responsible for Trinity’s partnership accounting and tax matters. Prior to joining Trinity, her career spanned more than two decades in the fields of public and private accounting over multiple industry sectors. Ms. Akabane began her public accounting career at RSM US LLP, focused within the Health Care and Not-for-Profit assurance practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and then continued her path at Grant Thornton LLP in Madison, Wisconsin, serving a client base across industries with subsequent focus in bio-tech and high-tech space. Her private accounting career began in retail internal audit and then continued after her public accounting exit as Senior Assurance Associate to become a Financial Analyst at U.S. public utilities holding company MGE Energy, Inc., then Vice President of Finance at startup e-commerce retailer Alice.com in Wisconsin. Later, Ms. Akabane moved her career path to Hawaii as Director, Property Accounting, at Aqua-Aston Hospitality, LLC, followed by holding the position of Controller at Hawaii’s largest media company, Oahu Publications, Inc. Most recently, she was Controller at the world’s largest macadamia nut manufacturer, Hawaiian Host, Inc. Ms. Akabane also has experience in platform data migrations and acquisitions.
Ms. Akabane, a Certified Public Accountant, graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science, double major in Accountancy and Finance.
Deanna Oda Corporate 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.
Lorraine P. Ferrer Partnership Controller
As a Partnership Controller, Ms. Ferrer is responsible for Trinity’s partnership accounting and tax matters.
Ms. Ferrer has spent most of her career in roles across the United States with the United Nations Foundation and International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., KPMG in Boston and BlackRock-funded tech startup Key Me Inc. in New York City. Prior to joining Trinity, Ms. Ferrer was a Supervising Senior Accountant at Servco Pacific, Inc. in Honolulu.
Ms. Ferrer, a Certified Public Accountant, received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and her Master of Science in Accounting from American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington, D.C.
Karyn Komatsu ASSISTANT CONTROLLER
Ms. Komatsu has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector. As Assistant Controller, Ms. Komatsu 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.
Naomi Lyum Administrative Manager
Ms. Lyum has more than 15 years in the investment sector. Prior to joining Trinity she was at the Blackstone Group in the real estate division. Prior to that she was Daruma Asset Management for 10 years.
Ms. Lyum graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.