The candidate is Interstate Hotels & Resorts’ President and Chief Executive Officer responsible for the company’s overall performance, hotel operations, and global growth of its 400-hotel portfolio with 72,000 rooms and 30,000 associates spanning 10 countries. He also serves on Interstate’s Board of Directors. The candidate joined the company after a highly successful tenure with Omni Hotels & Resorts. He served as President of Omni for 13 years, and prior to that helped grow the organization through multiple management roles in operations, development, sales and finance. Under his leadership, the candidate established Omni as a leading hotel brand and operator, with a reputation for delivering superior quality, award-winning service, and exceptional guest experiences. An active industry leader, the candidate serves on the Executive Committee and board of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. He also served as a Founding Board Member and Director of the Global Hotel Alliance, the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, bringing together 35 brands with 550 hotels in 76 countries. The candidate is a graduate of Fitchburg State University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting.