Trilogy’s senior management team consists of professionals with extensive industry experience across the firm’s core competencies and operating activities. Trilogy achieves its objectives through comprehensive project management and directly investing all or a portion of the equity in each of its projects in addition to serving as the managing partner. It is this commitment, combined with experience and professional discipline, which enables the firm to achieve outstanding results, and consistently set the standard for innovation, quality, and attention to detail in their respective marketplaces.
Neil Gehani is Chief Executive Officer of Trilogy Real Estate Group, LLC (“Trilogy”), where he focuses on the strategic direction of the firm and fundraising. Prior to founding Trilogy, Mr. Gehani was in private practice, where he concentrated on real estate and tax law. His clients included buyers and sellers of residential and commercial properties, real estate developers, and condominium associations. Prior to private practice, Mr. Gehani worked for KPMG LLP, where he advised clients on the structuring and corporate and partnership taxation aspects of various business transactions. His work at KPMG LLP included the ongoing representation of a preeminent real estate investment management firm.
Mr. Gehani received a Juris Doctor and an LL.M. in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law and a B.B.A. from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business. Mr. Gehani has been a speaker at industry events and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Urban Land Institute, and the National Multifamily Housing Council.
Clayton Hanson is the President of Trilogy, where he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the business and the development and implementation of Trilogy’s strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining Trilogy, Mr. Hanson was a Managing Director at Maverick Capital, a multi-billion dollar investment firm. While at Maverick, he helped oversee a $1.3 billion hedge fund portfolio which served as a diversification vehicle for Maverick partners, employees and clients. In addition to his investment responsibilities, he led the recruiting efforts for Maverick’s investment team. Mr. Hanson began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Hanson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Girish Gehani is Chief Operating Officer for Trilogy, where his responsibilities include implementing asset strategy, acquisition due diligence, construction management, and maximizing property value. Mr. Gehani also oversees Trilogy Residential Management, LLC, Trilogy’s affiliated property management company, where he develops and implements portfolio-wide initiatives.
Mr. Gehani received a master’s degree in Real Estate Finance from New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate and a Bachelor of Arts Finance from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business. Mr. Gehani is an active member of the National Apartment Association where he serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, the Chicagoland Apartment Association where he serves as a Board Member and the National Multifamily Housing Council.
Jesse Karasik is Chief Investment Officer for Trilogy, where he focuses on the investment direction of the firm and capital markets. With 19 years of real estate investment experience, he has executed and closed over $3 billion of real estate transactions across the United States including both equity and debt investments.
Prior to joining Trilogy, Mr. Karasik was with CBRE Capital Markets for seven years procuring equity and debt on behalf of institutional and private real estate investors across property types. Additionally, he was a Seller/Servicer for Freddie Mac and a Delegated Underwriter for Fannie Mae. Prior to Mr. Karasik’s tenure with CBRE, he specialized in managing multifamily properties.
Mr. Karasik holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He is a member of the National Multifamily Housing Council and the Urban Land Institute.19
Matt Leiter is the Chief Financial Officer for Trilogy, where he leads the company’s capital markets strategy. Mr. Leiter has filled senior executive roles in the real estate development and investment arenas. Immediately prior to joining Trilogy, Mr. Leiter served as executive vice president of equity markets at GK Development Inc., where he structured, launched and oversaw the distribution of 14 investment funds including 1031 Delaware statutory trusts, mezzanine debt offerings, opportunity zone funds, preferred equity offerings and the first Regulation A Tier II real estate bond funds. He also managed assets, monitored investment performance and created proprietary trading and clearing systems to streamline investment purchasing. As a real estate developer, Mr. Leiter entitled and developed more than $350 million in multifamily and mixed-use development projects.
Mr. Leiter received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Business degree from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.