President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Messinger has been our President and CEO since 2013 and has served as a director of the Company since 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Messinger served as the Executive Vice President and Director of Investment Management at Forest City Ratner Companies (“FCRC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Forest City Enterprises (“FCE”), where he served for more than 18 years. In this role, Mr. Messinger led the New York Investment Committee of FCRC and served on the Investment Committee and Executive Management Committee of FCE. Mr. Messinger brings extensive development, asset management, finance, strategic planning and tax credit structuring experience across a wide range of asset classes including retail, hotel, residential, office, arena and professional sports teams. Mr. Messinger is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He currently serves as co-chair of the board and on the finance and the real estate committees of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and he is a member or past member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Coalition, the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, and the New York Hospitality Council.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kahn joined the company in September of 2015 as its Chief Financial Officer. He has over 20 years of real estate accounting and financial experience including matters related to SEC compliance, tax compliance, development and acquisitions. Mr. Kahn previously served as CFO of United Realty Trust Inc., Senior Vice President Finance at SL Green and has held positions with both PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloite & Touche. As CFO Mr. Kahn focuses on budgeting and expense control, shareholder and lender relations, and ensuring compliance with accounting, tax and SEC regulations. He is responsible for supporting and helping to develop the Company’s strategic plan and maintaining certain key financial and accounting relationships.
Richard G. Pyontek
Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Pyontek served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company from October 10, 2012 until Mr. Kahn’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer on September 21, 2015. Mr. Pyontek was instrumental in ensuring the Company complied with all aspects of the Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization, including the payments of all approved claims and he oversaw the change back to going concern accounting. Mr. Pyontek now serves as the Company’s Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Pyontek also served as Director of Accounting and Reporting for the Company until his election as Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Syms Corp., Mr. Pyontek served as Director of Accounting and Reporting at Ashley Stewart, Inc., as Controller at The Vitamin Shoppe and as Director of Finance at Party City Corporation. Mr. Pyontek is a Certified Public Accountant.
Senior Vice President
Mr. Gans joined the Company in October 2017. Prior to joining the Company, he worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”) in the Real Estate Transactions department. NYCEDC’s Real Estate Transactions department executes transformative public-private redevelopment projects on behalf of the City of New York. Mr. Gans held a progression of roles over his seven years at NYCEDC. He began his tenure at NYCEDC managing projects such as Essex Crossing and Cornell Tech, and rapidly rose to the title of Executive Vice President and co-head of the Real Estate Transactions department. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Gans led redevelopment projects such as the Spofford Live Work Campus in Hunts Point, the mixed-use waterfront project on 44th Drive in Long Island City, and Caton Flats in Flatbush. In total, Mr. Gans closed over $3 billion of transactions at NYCEDC. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Mr. Gans spent six years at Lend Lease where he served as construction manager for over 1.25 million square feet of ground-up, high-rise residential development projects and performed preconstruction work across a variety of commercial office, hospitality, senior living, and multifamily projects. Mr. Gans received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University.
Senior Vice President of Investments
Mr. Travia joined the company in September of 2015 as its Vice President of Acquisitions and Development. He has over ten years of experience in the real estate industry, most recently raising nearly $1 billion of capital for clients at Ackman-Ziff. Previously, Mr. Travia was the Deputy Director of the Long Island City Business Improvement District as well as having served as an associate in the real estate development departments of Tishman Speyer and the Related Companies. Mr. Travia focuses on the development and repositioning of Trinity’s existing assets as well as pursuing new business opportunities. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Urban Studies from The University of Pennsylvania.