Member of the Board of Advisors
Founder, Trinity Hotel Investors
Mr. Ruff is the founder and senior principal of Trinity, leading the company’s overall investment and strategic initiatives. Mr. Ruff has more than thirty years of comprehensive domestic and international experience in real estate and hotel investment and operations, and has engineered, negotiated, and closed more than $3 billion in transactions. Mr. Ruff co-founded and also serves as chief executive officer of Trinity Investment Trust L.L.C., Trinity’s affiliated predecessor company, where he oversaw approximately $1 billion of real estate and hotel investments across North America, Asia, and Europe. Mr. Ruff also founded Fall Creek Partners, a Trinity-affiliated investment and advisory firm providing real estate and hotel asset management services.
Before his independent investment activities, Mr. Ruff served as partner and executive vice president of real estate for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Prior to joining Ritz-Carlton, Mr. Ruff co-founded Ruff, Callaghan & Hemmeter Company, a Hawaii real estate investment and development company that developed two of Hawaii’s more prominent resorts. Mr. Ruff also co-founded the autonomous hotel division of VMS Realty Partners, where he directed acquisitions, asset management, finance, dispositions, development, and joint-venture relationships for more than fifty hotel and resort investments totaling more than $2 billion.
Prior to his association with VMS, he served as chief operating officer of Chicago-based Seymour N. Logan Associates, Inc..
Mr. Ruff graduated cum laude from De Paul University with a B.S. in commerce, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a founding member of the Real Estate Center at De Paul, and serves on De Paul’s College of Commerce Dean’s Advisory Council.