Our talented senior management team includes a staff of operations, property and asset managers, attorneys, CPAs, and specialists in finance, technology, risk management and forensic accounting– all with the knowledge and experience to handle complex operational, financial and legal issues.
Chris Neilson, J.D., Managing Partner, oversees Trigild’s business operations and serves as one of the firm’s principal receivers. Federal and state courts throughout the United States have appointed Neilson as receiver over all types of commercial properties, including offices, malls, shopping centers, apartments, hotels, and golf courses. Neilson is also an approved fiduciary in the State of New York.
In addition to his receivership work, Neilson has handled the resolution of millions of dollars of unsecured judgments against debtors throughout the U.S. and has sourced and secured debtor-in-possession financing for fiduciaries through bankruptcy. Neilson is also a founding partner of P.D. Capital, a commercial real estate investment company focused on acquiring value-add retail projects.
Neilson began his legal career as an attorney practicing in the real estate and capital markets groups of an AmLaw 100 law firm where he focused on complex loan workouts for securitized business trusts (REMICs) through their special servicers.
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 where he was the Outstanding Graduating Senior of the Hankamer School of Business.
Ian Lagowitz founded IVL Group, where he has been involved in nearly one thousand receivership, fiduciary and trustee appointments over the course of his 25-year real estate career. He is well versed in bankruptcy recovery, having been involved in disposing hundreds of retained assets from bankruptcy sales, reviewing approximately 10,500 proof of claims, and handling cures and assumptions for the transfer of operating leases.
In addition to his specialization in asset management and distressed assets, he is highly experienced in property evaluation, leasing, sales, redevelopment, brownfield redevelopment, mergers and acquisitions, institutional work-outs, asset recovery and property management.
Ian Lagowitz joined Onyx Equities in 2010. As Director of Receivership and REO Management, his responsibilities included serving as a court appointed receiver and managing agent, client relations, and oversight of the receivership and REO portfolio. Ian also lead operations for 12 states. He was responsible for facilitating the opening of Onyx’s regional offices in Atlanta, GA, Annapolis, MD, Charlotte, NC and Memphis, TN.
Prior to joining Onyx, Ian held key roles at a variety of notable organizations including DiLeo Associates and The Alman Group. Ian is a graduate of the University of Maryland. He is a licensed broker in the state of New Jersey. He is a board member of Prodigal Sons and Daughters, and he is currently the Associate Coach for the Seton Hall University Men’s Golf Team.
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel
David Wallace oversees Trigild’s team in court-ordered receiverships for assets across the nation, successfully resolving distressed loans and preserving assets as a court-appointed fiduciary.
Mr. Wallace led a team of real estate asset managers, property managers, property accountants, accounting firms, and law firms in a bankruptcy liquidation of interests in a real estate portfolio that included more than 100 companies with equity and other management entities. The portfolio, valued at over $1.6 billion, included assets in the multifamily, student housing, and retail asset classes, and creditors recouped more than 60% of their claims.
Mr. Wallace also leads the legal team on a number of other fiduciary assignments, in bankruptcy, state, and federal courts. He has extensive experience in workouts related to CMBS and balance sheet loans, as well as transactions involving private equity, REITs, and sovereign wealth funds. Further, Mr. Wallace has overseen and served as lead counsel in a number of fraudulent transfer actions with ultimate recoveries in the tens of millions of dollars. Wallace also serves as a Ch. 11 trustee for a large real estate holding company with assets across multiple property types.
Wallace holds a B.B.A in Finance from Texas Christian University and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University. Prior to joining Trigild, Mr. Wallace worked as a financial analyst and also as an attorney with Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP. At Fulbright, Mr. Wallace represented a broad range of clients in both litigation and transactional matters. Mr. Wallace also represented a number of master and special servicers in connection with CMBS loan transactions and workouts. Clients included pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, banks, oil and gas companies, and other Fortune 500 companies across an array of industries.
Mr. Wallace lives in Keller, TX with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys playing golf in his free time.
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 groundbreaking, 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.
Berry has also managed and directed the rehabilitation of golf courses across the country bringing the courses back from grounds neglect and repositioning for successful sales.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado.
With 25 years of broad-based real estate experience, Nancy Daniels is responsible for Trigild’s commercial portfolio of office, industrial, retail, and multifamily properties. Her extensive background in commercial development includes all aspects of the real estate life cycle — acquisition, project design, entitlement, financial modeling, land development, commercial construction, property management, leasing, sales, and disposition.
Prior to joining Trigild, she held key roles with several Southern California commercial real estate firms, exercising primary responsibility for entitlement, development, and sale of over $250 million in commercial properties. Specializing in office and industrial, she has developed properties from land acquisition through build out, including the 620,000 square foot build-to-suit for Professional Hospital Supply, which merged a Class A office with the company’s main distribution center.
In her current role at Trigild, she is known for creating value in her portfolio through strategic leasing, capital improvements, and targeted management. Her expertise is evidenced by being awarded the NAIOP Inland Empire “Office Transaction of the Year” for a 232,176 square foot lease negotiated with Inland Empire Medical Plan in less than 30 days, and her success in closing receivership sales in excess of $100 million dollars, including the Atrium building, which was sold at 13% over broker generated offers, resulting in a $6 million increase in purchase price.
Nancy holds a Bachelor degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego and is a licensed real estate broker in California.
Jon brings over 20 years of commercial real estate experience. Jon works with IVL Group where he serves as National Director of Property Management for Receiverships and REO properties. Previously, Jon worked at Onyx Management Group from 2013 to 2017. Jon was the Regional Property Manager responsible for the South East Region and then became National Director for Management and Receivership Properties. While at Onyx Equities, Jon was responsible for the management and disposition of over 20 million square feet.
Prior to joining Onyx, Jon worked at Cassidy Turley managing Receivership properties and Beco Management. During this time, Jon earned his RPA and CPM designations.
Jon graduated from Salisbury State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Jon served in the Army National Guard as an Air Traffic Controller.
Senior Legal Counsel
Aaron J. Kudla, J.D., C.P.A., has been involved with Trigild’s Receivership, Bankruptcy and Advisory Services team since 2011, including equity and real estate receiverships, bankruptcy liquidating trustee projects and business and property management engagements.
Since 2014, Mr. Kudla has been intimately involved in a federal equity receivership over entities that sold fictitious ATMs to investors resulting in over $125 million in net losses to investors. (SEC v. Nationwide Automated Systems, Inc., et al, CV-14-07249). He worked on all aspects of the receivership, including the investigation and forensic accounting, identification of profiting investors and pursuit of fraudulent transfer claims and settlements (400+, $40M+), pursuit of claims against City National Bank and related parties, operation and sale of limited ATM business, formulation of claim procedures and administration of investor claims, and distribution of receivership estate funds. The results have been extremely successful, including a total of $31.5 million distributed to investor victims to date. Moreover, Mr. Kudla has also led the claims administration team for the class action settlement with City National Bank to distribute another $22.5 million to investor victims.
In a complex Chapter 11 appointment of Trigild in 2012 (In re: SCI Bankruptcy Liquidating Trust, 2:11-BK-15975-C and 2:00-BK-15987-BR), Mr. Kudla provided legal, forensic accounting, real estate and taxation advice for the Liquidating Trustee with real estate assets in excess of $1.6 billion in retail, office, multi-family and student housing.
Mr. Kudla is a California licensed Attorney, Certified Public Accountant and Real Estate Broker, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from California State University Fullerton, a Juris Doctorate, with a concentration in Intellectual Property, Telecommunications and Technology Regulation from California Western School of Law, and Associate’s degrees in Accounting and Real Estate Broker License Preparation from Palomar College. Mr. Kudla is a member of the National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (Full Member) and California Receiver’s Forum (OC/LA Section).
Director of Operations and Receiverships
Maegan is a detail-oriented manager with over seven years of operational and receivership experience across multiple asset classes. She applies strong communication and leadership skills, process improvement tactics, and workflow optimization methods to elevate operational efficiencies. Prior to joining Trigild IVL, Maegan served as Director of Asset Management and Receiverships at IVL Group. At IVL, Maegan was responsible for monthly reporting, bonds, bank account setup, operational and transitional takeovers, coordinating monthly calls with bond holders and special servicers, and managing client relations. Prior to IVL, Maegan also served as Property Transition Manager and Asset Manager for Onyx Management Group. During her tenure with Onyx, Maegan was responsible for and implemented the operation of regional offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Memphis, and Annapolis. In addition, she transitioned over 75,000,000 SF in Receivership and REO Management assets.
Maegan is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management.
Matt has over five years of experience working for the hospitality team. He is well versed in multiple disciplines of hotel operating departments and financial management. He is responsible for maximizing value for Triglid’s growing portfolio of assets and managing client relations for major national companies in the petroleum, hospitality, golf course, and restaurant industries.
He is also involved in special assignments such as capital improvement projects, hotel evaluation & analysis, property tax appeals, hotel branding, licenses and permitting, and asset disposition.
A member of the Trigild team since 2010, Matt In started his professional career at Trigild as an operations analyst.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of San Francisco, graduating cum laude.