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Robert Thrailkill ('82)

Vice President of Operations 
Zachry Hospitality, LLC

General Manager 
Hilton Palacio Del Rio

Asset Manager
Staybridge Suites and Convention Center, Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Airport and Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Landmark


Robert currently holds a dual role as the Vice President of Zachry Hotels and as the General Manager of the Hilton Palacio del Rio. Based in San Antonio, Texas, is a subsidiary of Zachry Corporation., Zachry Hotels owns, and manages hotels in South Texas. Currently, Thrailkill is involved in the development of Zachry Hotels newest project, The Monarch San Antonio, a Curio Hotel. Scheduled to open in 2026, this 200-room project is part of a multi-million dollar reinvention of the San Antonio downtown district, which includes The Alamo and Hemisfair Park.

Thrailkill is engaged in several organizations promoting the Hospitality Industry including serving on the Executive Boards of Visit San Antonio, the San Antonio Area Tourism Council, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as being on the Board of the San Antonio Centro Alliance. He is the former President of the San Antonio Hotel and Lodging Association and in 2021 was recognized with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Thrailkill is also on the Texas Hotel Lodging Association Board of Directors.

Thrailkill is a graduate of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership at the University of Houston, where he received his bachelor’s degree in hotel administration. He currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board, is a member of Eric’s Club; serve’s on their Executive Board. In 2021, the Hilton College Alumni Association with its Distinguished Alumni Award recognized Thrailkill. Thrailkill is a native of San Antonio and is married with six children.