Currently charged with overseeing Trigild’s hospitality portfolio, Kevin Berry has managed the operations of more than 150 hotels during his 16-year tenure with the company, overseeing all management, budgeting, employee training and operations, as well as the turnaround and takeovers of a diversity of properties. He oversaw and coordinated the opening, from the ground breaking, of the 180-room full service Holiday Inn Ontario Airport and directed operations at the 10-story, 355-room Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley.
With over 25 years of hotel industry experience, he has overseen both independent and franchised hotels, and worked with numerous full-service and limited service franchises including Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, IHG, Wyndham, Choice, La Quinta. Additionally, Berry has directed the conversion of independent hotels into franchises and monitored the construction and opening of new hotels.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado.
Chris Neilson, J.D., Managing Partner, has more than 13 years of experience in the CRE industry. A licensed attorney, Neilson oversees Trigild’s business operations, with specific focus on receiverships. He also appears on the fiduciary list in New York.
Neilson is a founding partner of P.D. Capital, a commercial real estate investment company focused on acquiring value-add retail projects. At P.D. Capital, Neilson has been instrumental in the acquisition, management and ultimate disposition of over 1,000,000 square feet of commercial properties. In addition to his commercial property asset management role at P.D. Capital, Neilson handled the resolution of millions of dollars of unsecured judgements against debtors throughout the U.S. He also assisted Trigild in sourcing and securing debtor-in-possession financing in connection with Trigild’s role as Chief Restructuring Officer in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the nation’s largest TIC (Tenants-in-Common) sponsor.
Neilson was previously an attorney in the Capital Markets Practice Group at Thompson & Knight LLP and in the Energy and Real Property section at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP (formerly Fulbright & Jaworski LLP). While practicing at these firms, he focused on complex loan workouts for securitized business trusts (REMICs) through their special servicers. Through these loan workouts, Neilson was heavily involved in appointing and working with receivers.
Neilson received his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where he was a member of the SMU Law Review and received a B.B.A. from Baylor University. He lives in Dallas with his wife, Mary Jane, and four children and is actively involved in coaching his boys’ sports teams.