BARG TEAM
 
President & Receiver

Gerard F. Keena is an experienced professional with over 19 years of asset management experience with specialties in property management and business transactions. Consulting services have been completed on a wide variety of asset types. This includes the day‐to‐day oversight of large residential, commercial and industrial real estate portfolios originated from major financial institutions, private equity and hedge fund clients. Gerard has been responsible for numerous types of real property management, including office buildings, unfinished apartment and condominium complexes as well as industrial facilities. Additionally, Gerard has sold numerous types of real property ranging from single family homes to multi‐million dollar commercial properties. Gerard is experienced in real estate and business evaluations, negotiations as well as financial and market analysis.


Attorney

Since 2017, Ryan Griffith has served as in-house counsel for Bay Area Receivership Group assisting cities and counties address blighted properties throughout the areas. Prior to his time with BARG, Ryan attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco where he was offered a Faculty Scholarship to attend the school and was named to the Dean’s List every semester. After graduating from law school, Ryan was hired by the City of Vallejo where he worked to develop the Neighborhood Law Program and create solutions to the issues affecting the quality of life in Vallejo. In addition to this, Ryan has worked for several law litigation firms including Silver & Wright, which specialized in municipal code enforcement litigation. Some of his other accolades include being named the Solano County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year in 2013, being a member of the Jesse Carter Honor Society at Golden Gate University School of Law, as well as a stint as a professional basketball player in China.


Project Manager

Dan Collins has been active in various fields of real estate since beginning his real estate career in 1983. Since then, his career has focused upon commercial and residential construction projects, repurposing existing structures, land development, management and receivership services. He has in depth experience in entitlements and land development for commercial parks, planned residential communities, in-fill residential projects, and multi-family projects, as well as mixed use developments. Mr. Collins works as a project manager for BARG, overseeing several properties and sites. Most recently, in 2018, he published a book entitled Probate & Trust Estate Administration Tips & Tricks which was published by Hackard Global Media.


Receivership Coordinator

Cindi Sherrod is an experienced professional in the specialized area of Receivership Administration. She has experience assisting with Receivership cases filed in US District Courts and California State Courts as well as assisting with Special Trustee Receiverships. Instrumental in preparing Reports to the Court, investigating fraudulent use of investor funds, and day-to-day organization and management of Receivership. Ms. Sherrod has been involved in the investigation of Ponzi Schemes, Family Trusts, Residential and Commercial Property Receiverships, and has worked with Investigators in Cornwall, England to arrest and prosecute a criminal responsible for defrauding investors in several countries. Ms. Sherrod is a Founding Board Member of John Adams Academy (a non-profit public charter school), which has three schools operating in Northern, California. She was the volunteer coordinator at Placer County Children’s Receiving Home, and has received an Honorary Devon and Cornwall Constabulary award for assistance with a Criminal Case in the UK.


Project Manager

Larry Diamond has extensive experience as an educator, program director and conservationist. Larry’s undergraduate work was in Finance and graduate studies in Math Education. During the last decade, Larry has worked on slum properties; clearing blight from hoarders, removing drug dealers and squatters and revitalizing communities. Larry specializes in working with difficult people, securing their valuables while clearing properties.


Project Manager

As one of the project managers for BARG, John Kirsten is responsible for overseeing and managing the Southern California office. He brings significant experience to the company, spending over thirty years in financial restructuring and management consulting with distressed businesses, representing company management, equity investors and lenders. John’s recent engagements have been primarily involved with Rents & Profits Receiverships and Post-Judgement Receiverships.

Gerard F. Keena is an experienced professional with over 19 years of asset management experience with specialties in property management and business transactions. Consulting services have been completed on a wide variety of asset types. This includes the day‐to‐day oversight of large residential, commercial and industrial real estate portfolios originated from major financial institutions, private equity and hedge fund clients. Gerard has been responsible for numerous types of real property management, including office buildings, unfinished apartment and condominium complexes as well as industrial facilities. Additionally, Gerard has sold numerous types of real property ranging from single family homes to multi‐million dollar commercial properties. Gerard is experienced in real estate and business evaluations, negotiations as well as financial and market analysis.


Since 2017, Ryan Griffith has served as in-house counsel for Bay Area Receivership Group assisting cities and counties address blighted properties throughout the areas. Prior to his time with BARG, Ryan attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco where he was offered a Faculty Scholarship to attend the school and was named to the Dean’s List every semester. After graduating from law school, Ryan was hired by the City of Vallejo where he worked to develop the Neighborhood Law Program and create solutions to the issues affecting the quality of life in Vallejo. In addition to this, Ryan has worked for several law litigation firms including Silver & Wright, which specialized in municipal code enforcement litigation. Some of his other accolades include being named the Solano County Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year in 2013, being a member of the Jesse Carter Honor Society at Golden Gate University School of Law, as well as a stint as a professional basketball player in China.

Dan Collins has been active in various fields of real estate since beginning his real estate career in 1983. Since then, his career has focused upon commercial and residential construction projects, repurposing existing structures, land development, management and receivership services. He has in depth experience in entitlements and land development for commercial parks, planned residential communities, in-fill residential projects, and multi-family projects, as well as mixed use developments. Mr. Collins works as a project manager for BARG, overseeing several properties and sites. Most recently, in 2018, he published a book entitled Probate & Trust Estate Administration Tips & Tricks which was published by Hackard Global Media.


Cindi Sherrod is an experienced professional in the specialized area of Receivership Administration. She has experience assisting with Receivership cases filed in US District Courts and California State Courts as well as assisting with Special Trustee Receiverships. Instrumental in preparing Reports to the Court, investigating fraudulent use of investor funds, and day-to-day organization and management of Receivership. Ms. Sherrod has been involved in the investigation of Ponzi Schemes, Family Trusts, Residential and Commercial Property Receiverships, and has worked with Investigators in Cornwall, England to arrest and prosecute a criminal responsible for defrauding investors in several countries. Ms. Sherrod is a Founding Board Member of John Adams Academy (a non-profit public charter school), which has three schools operating in Northern, California. She was the volunteer coordinator at Placer County Children’s Receiving Home, and has received an Honorary Devon and Cornwall Constabulary award for assistance with a Criminal Case in the UK.


Larry Diamond has extensive experience as an educator, program director and conservationist. Larry’s undergraduate work was in Finance and graduate studies in Math Education. During the last decade, Larry has worked on slum properties; clearing blight from hoarders, removing drug dealers and squatters and revitalizing communities. Larry specializes in working with difficult people, securing their valuables while clearing properties.


As one of the project managers for BARG, John Kirsten is responsible for overseeing and managing the Southern California office. He brings significant experience to the company, spending over thirty years in financial restructuring and management consulting with distressed businesses, representing company management, equity investors and lenders. John’s recent engagements have been primarily involved with Rents & Profits Receiverships and Post-Judgement Receiverships.


Construction Manager

Ron Macarthur is an experienced construction manager that has worked on numerous receivership and consultation projects for BARG. Since 1993 Ron has been a licensed California real estate broker and has been heavily involved in property management in Northern California for over 25 years.


Accountant

Accountant

Diane Bouchard is an accounting professional with over 20 years experience serving a wide diversity of clients from self-employed entrepreneurs to large corporations. To better serve her remote clients, she completed a 6-month ‘Virtual Assistant” course and has applied it to virtual accounting and bookkeeping for engineers, doctors, retailers, construction contractors, farmers, authors, insurance agents, and other professionals throughout California. She joins the BARG team with this experience plus 19 years as a certified QuickBooks ProAdviser. Diane excels in helping business owners to better understand and organize their accounting needs, and her communications and “people skills” are highly appreciated by her clients. She has volunteered her accounting skills to serve the local Community Center and farmer’s market.


Legal Assistant Office Manager

Zoe Conley comes to BARG with over three years of experience as an administrative aid and one year as a health education caseworker. As legal assistant and office manager for BARG, she assists with preparation and filings of court motions, orders, and pleadings as well as overall management of the Berkeley office. Most recently, Zoe graduated from UC Berkeley ('19) where she received her BA in Sociology with a minor in Human Rights, and was a member and captain for the university’s varsity softball team.


Web Consultant Internship Coordinator

Zachary Wilkinson is a recent graduate of University of Portland ’19 completing a BBA degree in Operations and Technology Management. Having previously worked with BARG as an intern over summer 2018, he comes back as a temp worker offering his resources in technical support, management, and website assistance. Projects he is working on are revamping the BARG website, creating an internship program for the company, and maintenance and structural improvements to the BARG database.


Ron Macarthur is an experienced construction manager that has worked on numerous receivership and consultation projects for BARG. Since 1993 Ron has been a licensed California real estate broker and has been heavily involved in property management in Northern California for over 25 years.


Diane Bouchard is an accounting professional with over 20 years experience serving a wide diversity of clients from self-employed entrepreneurs to large corporations. To better serve her remote clients, she completed a 6-month ‘Virtual Assistant” course and has applied it to virtual accounting and bookkeeping for engineers, doctors, retailers, construction contractors, farmers, authors, insurance agents, and other professionals throughout California. She joins the BARG team with this experience plus 19 years as a certified QuickBooks ProAdviser. Diane excels in helping business owners to better understand and organize their accounting needs, and her communications and “people skills” are highly appreciated by her clients. She has volunteered her accounting skills to serve the local Community Center and farmer’s market.


Zoe Conley comes to BARG with over three years of experience as an administrative aid and one year as a health education caseworker. As legal assistant and office manager for BARG, she assists with preparation and filings of court motions, orders, and pleadings as well as overall management of the Berkeley office. Most recently, Zoe graduated from UC Berkeley ('19) where she received her BA in Sociology with a minor in Human Rights, and was a member and captain for the university’s varsity softball team.


Zachary Wilkinson is a recent graduate of University of Portland ’19 completing a BBA degree in Operations and Technology Management. Having previously worked with BARG as an intern over summer 2018, he comes back as a temp worker offering his resources in technical support, management, and website assistance. Projects he is working on are revamping the BARG website, creating an internship program for the company, and maintenance and structural improvements to the BARG database.