Steven is a founding principal of Fulcrum Hospitality LLC, a boutique firm providing transaction advisory and asset management services to the hotel and gaming industries. Prior to forming Fulcrum, Steven was a Principal at Highgate Hotels, as well as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where his responsibilities included hotel and gaming acquisitions and asset management for a series of real estate opportunity funds sponsored by Goldman Sachs.
Steven's industry experience spans over 20 years, first in hotel operations with Stouffer Hotels and Ritz-Carlton, then as a managing consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and finally as a lodging equity research analyst for Lehman Brothers before joining Goldman Sachs in 2004. Steven received a B.S. from Purdue University in Restaurant Hotel Management and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Goldman, Sachs & Co., Tom worked for 25 years in real estate investment, finance and operations. For a majority of this time, he was with the Paragon Group, a diversified real estate development and management company in the United States.
Tom is a member of the Salesmanship Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and therapy for at-risk children. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1977.
Prior to joining PAR Capital, Mr. Gerstner co-founded Openlist.com – a vertical search and advertising platform that was acquired by Marchex (MCHX – NASDAQ) in 2006. Before Openlist, Mr. Gerstner served as Co-CEO of National Leisure Group, one of the web’s first and largest sellers of online vacations and cruises. Prior to NLG, he was an analyst at General Catalyst, a Boston venture capital firm.
Mr. Gerstner has a past practice in securities law and served an appointment as Deputy Secretary of State of Indiana. Mr. Gerstner holds degrees from Wabash College, Indiana University School of Law, and Harvard Business School.
Mr. Kirk served on the boards of United Defense L.P. and Harsco Corporation; a $3B diversified industrial company, as well as numerous other enterprises.
He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Allied-Signal Aerospace Co., one of the country’s largest aerospace firms, which subsequently merged with Honeywell.
Mr. Kirk was President and Chief Executive Officer of LTV Aerospace and Defense Co. from 1977 until 1986. His prior experience included engineering and business development positions in the aerospace industry as well as service as an officer in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Engineering from Purdue University and served on the school’s Engineering Visiting Committee. He was previously selected as an Outstanding Alumnus of the school.
Mr. Kirk was the 1986 chairman of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association. He has served as a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as a member of the Defense Policy Advisory Committee on Trade of the U.S. Department of Defense.
For his work in organizing the Executive Coalition for the National Initiative on Technology and the Disabled, Mr. Kirk became the fourth recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Distinguished Public Service Award. President Reagan publicly recognized him at a White House ceremony for the Coalition’s work with the disabled.
Mr. Kirk was honored by the editors of Aviation Week for significant contributions to Anglo-American aerospace cooperation. Mr. Kirk is a member of the Trustees’ Council of the National Gallery of Art.
He began his career in 1984 upon graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and has since led over $7 billion in transactional activity. He pioneered the establishment of a preeminent lodging investment and asset management advisory practice under The Yarmouth Group/Lend Lease, and conducted extensive business throughout the U.S., Asia, Mexico and Europe. Mr. Kline previously served as the initial Head of Acquisitions for Strategic Hotel Capital during its formative years where he oversaw their purchase of $2 billion of luxury hotels across three countries. In 1998 he began investing directly as a principal and has successfully invested over $3 billion of capital on his own behalf and a select group of private investors and institutional funds.
Since his formation of Chartres Lodging (formerly known as 'Oxford Lodging') with Maki Nakamura Bara in 2002, Chartres Lodging has developed into one of the industry’s leading investment and advisory firms. Chartres Lodging currently serves as property and asset managers for 30 hotels, resorts and conference centers located throughout the United States and Japan with a portfolio value in excess of $4 billion. The firm is headquartered in San Francisco and operates from additional offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Tokyo.
Joe Robillard graduated from the University of Minnesota with B.A. and B.S. degrees in 1986. He received his M.B.A. from the University Of Chicago Graduate School Of Business in 1992. From 1987 to 1989 he was a Financial Consultant at Merrill Lynch.
In the summer of 1991, he was an intern with HHR Asset Management, LLC. He joined the firm as a Research Analyst in July 1992. In January 1995, he became a Principal with HHR Asset Management, LLC as a General Partner. In the Spring of 2000, he left HHR and founded Pandion Capital Management, LLC to pursue direct private investing. In September of 2001, he returned to HHR Asset Management, LLC to assume the duties of Chief Investment Officer.
He is on the board of Nova Consulting Group, Inc. and Renaissance E.M.S. He is managing member of Pandion Capital Management, LLC & Zenaida Aviation, LLC.
In 2006 Mr. Thornhill retired from the financial services business after 25 years in equity research and research management. Most recently he was a managing director at UBS Securities LLC. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Thornhill was Global Director of Research and was also a member of the Equity Division Operating Committee, Equity Commitment Committee (underwriting) and BAS Capital Funding investment committee (late stage private equity) at Banc of America Securities LLC. Previously he was a partner, director of Technology Research and a member of the Spitfire Capital Fund LP investment committee (late stage private equity) at Montgomery Securities and a senior semiconductor analyst at Lehman Brothers. In the years Mr. Thornhill served as a research analyst he was a member of Institutional Investor’s “All-Star Analyst Team” for twelve years.
Mr. Thornhill holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in History/Economics from Grinnell College. Mr. Thornhill is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mr. Thornhill has also completed the Organization International de La Vigne et du Vine (OIV) course at UC Davis.