Board of Directors
- Mitesh B. Shah
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Shah has served on the boards of directors of certain of our predecessor entities since 2013 and on the Company’s Board of Directors since February 2014. He has served as Chairperson of the Company’s Board of Directors since November 2014. Mr. Shah currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Senior Managing Principal of Noble Investment Group, which he founded in 1993 and which specializes in making opportunistic investments in the lodging and hospitality real estate sector. Mr. Shah is a member of the franchise and owners board for Hyatt Hotels Corporation and is a member of the Industry Real Estate Finance Advisory Council of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Mr. Shah is serving his third term as a member of the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest University. In addition, he is an executive committee member of Woodward Academy. Mr. Shah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wake Forest University.
- James R. Abrahamson
Mr. Abrahamson has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since November 2015. Mr. Abrahamson is currently the Chairman of Interstate Hotels & Resorts and previously also served as Interstate’s Chief Executive Officer until March 22, 2017. Prior to joining Interstate in 2011, Mr. Abrahamson held senior leadership positions with InterContinental Hotels Group (“IHG”), Hyatt Corporation, Marcus Corporation and Hilton Worldwide. At IHG, where he served from 2009 to 2011, he was President of the Americas division, and at Hyatt, which he joined in 2004, he was Head of Development for the Americas division. At Marcus, where he served from 2000 to 2004, Mr. Abrahamson led the Baymont Inns and Suites and Woodfield Suites hotels division consisting of approximately 200 properties, both owned and franchised. At Hilton, where he served from 1988 to 2000, Mr. Abrahamson oversaw the Americas region franchise and management contract development for all Hilton brands, and he launched the Hilton Garden Inn brand. Mr. Abrahamson currently serves on the board, and is the immediate past chair, of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and currently serves on the board and served as board chair of the U.S. Travel Association in 2013 and 2014. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.
- Glenn Alba
Mr. Alba has served on the boards of directors of certain of our predecessor entities since 2006 and on the Company’s Board of Directors since 2013. Mr. Alba is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group of Blackstone based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 1997, Mr. Alba has been involved in the asset management of a broad range of Blackstone’s real estate investments in the US and Europe including office, hotel, multi-family and industrial assets. While based in the London office from 2001 to 2004, Mr. Alba managed a diverse set of assets in London, Paris and other cities in France as well as portfolio investments across Germany. More recently, Mr. Alba has been primarily involved in the hotel sector with management responsibility for various full-service and limited service hotels in the LXR Luxury Resorts portfolio and in us as well as global portfolio management duties. Mr. Alba received a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University. Mr. Alba currently serves as a member of the Doubletree Hotels Owner Advisory Council and the Villanova University Real Estate Advisory Council.
- Scott O. Bergren
Mr. Bergren has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since June 2015. Mr. Bergren served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of both Pizza Hut (Global) and Yum! Innovation until his retirement in December 2014. Prior to becoming CEO at Pizza Hut (Global) at the end of 2013, Mr. Bergren served as CEO of Pizza Hut (U.S.) beginning in 2011. He also had served as CEO of Yum! Innovation since 2011. Mr. Bergren has held many roles across Yum! Brands, Inc. since 2002, including President and Chief Concept Officer of Pizza Hut Inc., Chief Marketing & Food Innovation Officer for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Yum! Brands in Louisville and Chief Concept Officer of Yum! Restaurants International in Dallas. Mr. Bergren also served as President of Chevys, Inc., a full-service Mexican casual dining concept, from 1995 to March 2002, first as part of PepsiCo, and then as part of a management-led buyout of the company. Prior to 1995, he built and operated Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Mexico and Central America working for Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc.’s International Division. Mr. Bergren has also served as President/CEO of Round Table Pizza and Peter Piper Pizza. He currently serves on the board of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. and Wawa, Inc., a privately held convenience store chain. Mr. Bergren is a graduate of Northwestern University and served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
- Alan J. Bowers
Alan J. Bowers has served on the boards of directors of certain of our predecessor entities since 2013 and on the Company’s Board of Directors since February 2014. Mr. Bowers most recently served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a board member of Cape Success, LLC from 2001 to 2004 and of Marketsource Corporation from 2000 to 2001. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Bowers served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a board member of MBL Life Assurance Corporation. Mr. Bowers held various positions, including Audit and Area Managing Partner, at Coopers & Lybrand, L.L.P. where he worked from 1978 to 1995 and also worked at Laventhol & Horwath, CPAs from 1976 to 1978. Mr. Bowers also serves on the boards of directors of Ocwen Financial Corporation and Walker & Dunlop, Inc. and previously served on the board of American Achievement Corp. Mr. Bowers holds a B.S. in Accounting, from Montclair State University and an M.B.A., Finance and Economics, from St. John’s University and is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey.
- Henry G. Cisneros
Mr. Cisneros has served on the boards of directors of certain of our predecessor entities since 2013 and on the Company’s Board of Directors since February 2014. Mr. Cisneros currently serves as Chairman of the CityView companies, which he joined in 2003. Mr. Cisneros served as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1992 to 1997 and, prior to that, Mr. Cisneros served four terms as Mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Cisneros has served as President of the National League of Cities, as Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and is currently an officer of Habitat for Humanity International. Mr. Cisneros is also currently Chairman of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation and a member of the advisory boards of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation. Mr. Cisneros holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University. Mr. Cisneros also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Public Administration from George Washington University.
- Keith A. Cline
Mr. Cline has served as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer since February 18, 2016, after serving as the Company’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer since September 15, 2015. Mr. Cline has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since September 2015. From January 2013 until November 2015, Mr. Cline was the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. From 2011 to 2013, prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cline was Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Charming Charlie, Inc. and, from 2006 to 2011, Mr. Cline was Senior Vice President of Finance at Express, Inc. Mr. Cline began his career at Arthur Andersen & Company and held financial leadership roles at The J.M. Smucker Company, FedEx Custom Critical and Limited Brands. Mr. Cline is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Akron with a B.S. in Accounting and a M.B.A. in Finance.
- Giovanni Cutaia
Mr. Cutaia has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since November 2014. Mr. Cutaia is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Asset Management in the Real Estate Group of Blackstone. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Cutaia was at Lone Star Funds where he was a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Commercial Real Estate Investments Americas from 2009 to 2014. Prior to Lone Star, Mr. Cutaia spent over 12 years at Goldman Sachs in its Real Estate Principal Investments Area as a Managing Director in its New York and London offices. Mr. Cutaia received a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
- Brian Kim
Mr. Kim has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since November 2014. Mr. Kim is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group of Blackstone. Since joining Blackstone in 2008, Mr. Kim has played a key role in a number of Blackstone’s investments including the take private and subsequent sale of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, the acquisition of Peter Cooper Village / Stuyvesant Town and the creation of BRE Select Hotels Corp, Blackstone’s select service hotel platform. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Kim worked at Apollo Real Estate Advisors, Max Capital Management Corp. and Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Kim has served as a board member, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Managing Director of BRE Select Hotels Corp since May 2013 and as Head of Acquisition and Capital Markets of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. since January 2017. Mr. Kim received an AB in Biology from Harvard College where he graduated with honors.
- Gary M. Sumers
Mr. Sumers has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since February 2014. Mr. Sumers was most recently a Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer in the Real Estate Group of Blackstone. From joining Blackstone in 1995 until his retirement at the end of 2013, Mr. Sumers’ activities included heading Blackstone Real Estate Advisors’ (BREA) Strategic Asset Management Group, oversight of all financial reporting activities and responsibility for the property disposition activities. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Sumers was Chief Operating Officer of General Growth Properties, a publicly traded regional mall REIT. Mr. Sumers also serves on the Washington University board of trustees as well as the Washington University Investment Committee Board of Directors. Mr. Sumers received an A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis, received his law degree from Northwestern University and attended the London School of Economics.