• David Trakman
  • Peter Zarcades
  • Matt Blanchard
  • Genevieve Hedrick
  • Brian Pidgeon
  • Monica Trevino
  • Nicole Gallup
  • Kirk Ehrhart
  • David Trakman

    David Trakman

    David is responsible for directing The Group’s business, portfolio management, acquisitions and overall growth. David’s legal background and tireless detailed involvement are essential to the executive team’s cumulative ability to make good informed decisions, move quickly, and ensure successful closings. David undertakes a very hands-on approach to projects and sees through many transactions, if beneficial.  In his career, David has overseen in excess of $3 billion of transactions. David’s strong work ethic, coupled with his value of fairness, have been the foundation of his approach to all his relationships. David obtained his law and commerce degrees in 1994 and then worked as an attorney for a medium size law firm before immigrating to the U.S. in 1999.

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  • Peter Zarcades

    Peter Zarcades

    As the original founder and Chief Executive Officer of Niki Developments, Inc., Peter has over 30 years of experience in developing custom real estate and financial solutions for a wide range of clients. His personal commitment and passion for finding the right solution is one of the driving forces behind The Niki Group’s do-whatever-it-takes philosophy. Prior to starting Niki Developments, Peter was co-founder of Doric Scientific Corporation, which made gateways in electronic measuring systems and would later merge into Emerson Electric Co (NYSE: EMR). This launched Peter’s career into real estate, and, with Draper & Kramer as partners, Peter developed numerous flex space buildings in San Diego. In 2000, Peter and David decisively set about establishing a partnership of integrity and credibility. Over the 16 years together, their partnership has grown to be very successful.

    Peter has won over 40 races with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the American City Racing League (ARL) as well as placing 1st in three year-end championships. He is now a competitive sailor. Peter is the father of four children who idolize him. His wife Sandi is the love of his life.

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  • Matt Blanchard

    Matt Blanchard

    Matt is responsible for all The Group’s compliance and proper documentation of investments and deals. Matt works directly with lenders, sellers, and partners to ensure smooth deals. Matt received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2015. During law school, Matt was a member of the San Diego Law Review and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Janis L. Sammartino of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Matt became a member of the California State Bar in 2015.

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  • Genevieve Hedrick

    Genevieve Hedrick

    Genevieve has been with The Group for over 15 years. She intensely manages all aspects of The Group’s operations including acquisitions, dispositions, 1031 exchanges and financings, closing in excess of $2 billion in transactions and loans. Genevieve also works with David on The Group’s overall portfolio management and strategic planning. Her attention to detail paired with her transactional knowledge and experience ensures results and make her the integral part of our executive leadership team. Genevieve is very adept and effective in implementing practical solutions that are scalable for the company.

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  • Brian Pidgeon

    Brian Pidgeon

    Brian started his career as a CPA at Kenneth Leventhal & Company before joining his father in business to build Fashion Furniture Rental. Fashion grew to be California’s premier furniture rental company, with over 100 employees and annual revenues in excess of $25 million. Brian graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and received a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas, Austin. Brian joined The Group to help continue the growth of the company’s investor network and add insight to our investment decision making. He has been indirectly involved with The Group since 2013 and has been an active investor in the financial and real estate markets for over 25 years. 

  • Monica Trevino

    Monica Trevino

    Monica graduated from the University of California – San Diego with a degree in psychology and an emphasis in industrial and organizational psychology. She handles the day-to-day operations of most of The Group’s acquisitions and loans, finding creative solutions to any property concerns that arise during diligence. Monica’s project management skills and her ability to keep transactions moving forward ensures The Group’s deals are closed smoothly and on schedule.

  • Nicole Gallup

    Nicole Gallup

    Nicole is a graduate of the USD Business Practice Specialty Paralegal Program. She also has a background in multimedia having graduated from the UCSD Visual Communication and Multimedia Program.

    Nicole has worked as a paralegal and legal assistant in the real estate sector and in corporate law firms specializing in corporate law, licensing and administrative law. Before she ventured into the legal field, Nicole worked as a multimedia designer doing graphic design, web design and photography as well as working in the radio industry.

    At The Niki Group, Nicole works in the operations department as a paralegal. In addition to providing general assistance, she primarily assists with loan closings, property management and the maintenance of insurance policies for all our managed properties.

    Nicole is a mother of two boys. She enjoys beach time with the kids and their two dogs, kayaking, horseback riding, photography and is an avid reader.

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  • Kirk Ehrhart

    Kirk Ehrhart

    Kirk Ehrhart received his Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of San Diego and acquired his CPA designation in 2014. He began his accounting career performing tax accounting for a top 10 public accounting company. Prior to joining The Group in 2017, Kirk’s last position was at a nonprofit  performing key accounting and finance responsibilities for reporting to 2,000+ current and prospective donors. Kirk is on track to complete The Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development Certificate program from the University of San Diego in November 2020. 

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