Neil R. Aaronson
Chief Executive Officer
Hilco Real Estate
A dynamic leader and seasoned real estate professional, Neil has been involved in large-scale acquisitions, dispositions, investments and general deal-making across a broad range of significant real estate and corporate holdings. With extensive experience in all aspects of retail, restaurant, industrial, hospitality, office and medical office real estate, Neil has been instrumental in the successful completion of over $4 billion in transactions during his career.
Neil has managed deals involving, and/or has represented, an elite group of corporate entities, private equity funds and financial institutions including Wyndham Hotels, Hostess, Trendwest Resorts, Chrysler, General Motors, A&P, Budget Rent a Car, Fortress, Cerberus Capital, Sun Capital, JP Morgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs.
Neil began his association with Hilco in 2007 as an Executive Vice President at the holding company for the Hilco organization. His responsibilities included major transaction structuring and oversight. In 2008, Neil assumed the leadership role as CEO of Hilco Real Estate. Prior to joining Hilco, Neil served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for publically-traded Cendant Corporation, where he oversaw deal-making for the Company's hotel and timeshare businesses. Prior thereto, Neil was the Vice President of Cendant’s Strategic Development Group. Earlier, he served as an associate investment banker with ING Barings, where he handled the analysis and negotiations of acquisitions, divestitures and financings for several public and private companies.
Neil is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, the Association for Corporate Growth, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Neil’s expertise and experience have earned him many speaking opportunities and participation in educational panels at numerous trade association conferences and seminars, including ICSC, ABI, and IMN (Information Management Network).
Neil received a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.