The candidate has been President and Chief Financial Officer of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) since March 2015. Before that, he was the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to its sale in June 2007, the candidate was President of ResortQuest International, a division of Gaylord Entertainment. He was also Senior Vice President of Marketing for Gaylord Entertainment. Prior to joining the company in August 2002, the candidate worked for Harrah’s Entertainment for 11 years serving in a variety of senior corporate and property level positions. The candidate is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree. He earned his MBA from the University of Tennessee.