Lowell G. Baron
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Lowell G. Baron serves as a director of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. and has been appointed to the Board of Directors by our Brookfield Investor. Mr. Baron currently serves as a Managing Partner at Brookfield Asset Management, focused on real estate business development, along with primary responsibility for Brookfield’s multifamily business. Mr. Baron joined Brookfield in 2005, and has held various senior positions at the company, including most recently, leading Brookfield’s US real estate investing activities, and responsibility for Brookfield’s hospitality business. At Brookfield, Mr. Baron has been involved in a wide range of corporate and asset acquisitions and financings, including most recently the acquisitions of Associated Estates, Center Parcs, Rouse Properties, Simply Self Storage, and approximately $5 billion of multifamily, hospitality, and manufactured housing assets. He also has been heavily involved in the acquisition and integration of Brookfield’s multifamily, hospitality and self-storage operating platforms. Prior to joining Brookfield, Mr. Baron worked for Deutsche Bank for nine years focused on both real estate private equity and investment banking. He has over 20 years of real estate experience. Mr. Baron received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Yeshiva University.
Stephen P. Joyce
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Stephen P. Joyce serves as an Independent Director of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. He has also served on the Board of Directors of DineEquity, Inc. since February 2012. He has served as president and chief executive officer of Choice Hotels International, Inc., a publicly-traded lodging franchisor, since June 2008, where he has also been a director since 2008. From 1982 to 2008, Mr. Joyce was with Marriott International, Inc., where he attained the role of executive vice president, global development/owner and franchise services, in addition to holding other leadership positions.
Stanley R. Perla
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Stanley R. Perla serves as Audit Committee Chair and Lead Independent Director of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. Mr. Perla served as an independent director of ARC DNAV from March 2012 until April 2013. Mr. Perla, a licensed certified public accountant, was with the firm of Ernst & Young LLP for 35 years, from September 1967 to June 2003, the last 25 of which he was a partner. From July 2003 to May 2008, he was the director of Internal Audit for Vornado Realty Trust and from June 2008 to May 2011, he was the managing partner of Cornerstone Accounting Group, a public accounting firm specializing in the real estate industry and a consultant to them from June 2011 to March 2012. Since May 2012, Mr. Perla has provided consulting services to Friedman LLP, a public accounting firm. His area of expertise for the past 40 years was real estate, and he was also responsible for the auditing of public and private companies. Mr. Perla served as Ernst & Young’s national director of real estate accounting, as well as on Ernst & Young’s national accounting and auditing committee. He is an active member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the National Association of Real Estate Companies. In addition, Mr. Perla has been a frequent speaker on real estate accounting issues at numerous real estate conferences. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors and the chair of the audit committee of Madison Harbor Balanced Strategies, Inc. since January 2004 and previously for American Mortgage Acceptance Company from January 2004 to April 2010 and Lexington Realty Trust from August 2003 to November 2006. Mr. Perla earned an M.B.A. in Taxation and a B.B.A. in Accounting from Baruch College. We believe that Mr. Perla’s extensive experience as the director of Internal Audit at Vornado Realty Trust, as a managing partner of Cornerstone Accounting Group, his prior experience as an independent director of ARC DNAV and his over 40 years of experience in real estate, make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.
Bruce G. Wiles
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Bruce G. Wiles serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. and has been appointed to the Board by our Brookfield Investor. Mr. Wiles currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Thayer Lodging, positions held since the acquisition of the Thayer Lodging Group in May, 2014 by Brookfield Asset Management. Thayer Lodging is currently the US lodging investment platform of Brookfield, one of the world’s largest investment managers. Brookfield Asset Management globally manages assets of over $250B with most of those assets invested in commercial real estate. Thayer acquires hotels in the US, Canada and Mexico. Mr. Wiles is active in the development and execution of Brookfield’s hotel investment program. At Thayer Lodging, Mr. Wiles’ duties also include the management of all of its operating teams including Development, Asset and Hotel Management and Finance. Previously, Mr. Wiles served as a Managing Director of Thayer Lodging Group as well as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Bruce Wiles is one of three named principals of the current Thayer sponsored, legacy hotel investment funds. Mr. Wiles joined Thayer Lodging Group in May, 2007. He is also a senior advisor to Thayer Ventures, a venture capital fund with a focus on travel and hospitality. Mr. Wiles also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hotel Acquisition Company (“HAC”), a joint venture between Thayer and Jin Jiang International Hotel Group, China’s largest hotel company. Mr. Wiles served in this role from May, 2010 through May, 2016. HAC owned Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent manager of hotels with over 450 hotels managed worldwide. Mr. Wiles is a member of the Board of Director and is its Lead Director. HAC sold Interstate in May, 2016; Mr. Wiles serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the successor entity which holds assets not conveyed in the sale of Interstate which are primarily comprised of hotels.
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Edward A. Glickman
Edward A. Glickman serves as an Independent Director of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. Mr. Glickman has served as the Executive Chairman of FG Asset Management US since 2013. Mr. Glickman has served as an Investment Professional, with a focus on real estate investments, at Miller Investment Management, LP since 2015. Mr. Glickman served as the Executive Director of the Center for Real Estate Finance Research and Clinical Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business from 2012 until 2015. He also held an Adjunct appointment at Drexel University's LeBow College of Business. Mr. Glickman was President, Chief Operating Officer, and Trustee of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust ("PREIT") (NYSE: PEI), a real estate investment trust focused on shopping malls, from 2004 until 2012 and was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PREIT from 1997 to 2004. Mr. Glickman joined PREIT after it acquired The Rubin Organization, a closely held real estate company, where he had served as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Glickman served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Presidential Realty Corporation (OTCQB: PDNLP), a real estate investment trust focused on apartment units, from 1989 to 1993. Prior to this, Mr. Glickman was an investment banker with Shearson Lehman Brothers and Smith Barney. Mr. Glickman is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Certified Treasury Professional and a Registered Securities Principal. He serves as a senior advisor to Econsult Solutions, Inc. He serves on the Board of Equity Commonwealth (NYSE:EQC), the Temple University Health System and The Fox Chase Cancer Center. He was formerly Chairman of The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson University and a member of the Real Estate Roundtable where he was the Co-Chair of the Homeland Security Committee. Mr. Glickman received a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Applied Science from the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
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Jonathan P. Mehlman
Jonathan P. Mehlman serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. (formerly known as American Realty Capital Hospitality Trust, Inc.), its advisor and its property manager from their formation in July 2013 to November 2014. Mr. Mehlman has 22 years of experience in the real estate investment banking and capital markets with significant focus in the hospitality sector. Within the real estate industry, Mr. Mehlman has acted as a Mergers and Acquisitions advisor, investment banker and lender and has many years of experience coordinating transaction activity for public and private global hotel brands and US hotel REITs. From August 2012 until January 2013, Mr. Mehlman was co-head of the real estate advisory group at KPMG before joining American Realty Capital in January 2013 as an Executive Vice President and Managing Director. From September 2009 through August 2011, Mr. Mehlman was co-head of the lodging and gaming investment banking business for Citadel Securities, an affiliate of The Citadel Group, a Chicago based $13 billion hedge fund. From August 2008 to September 2009, Mr. Mehlman served as head of the real estate advisory group at HSBC. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Mehlman led the hospitality investment banking effort for Citigroup Global Markets. From 1993 to 2005, he worked at Deutsche Bank Securities and its predecessor company, Bankers Trust Company, in the real estate investment banking group, specializing in the business development and client coverage within the hospitality sector and for real estate private equity sponsors. Mr. Mehlman received his bachelor of art in art history from the University of Michigan as well as a master in business administration with a focus in real estate and finance from the University of North Carolina.
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Abby M. Wenzel
Abby M. Wenzel serves as an Independent Director of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. Ms. Wenzel has served as an independent director of Global Net Lease since March 2012. Ms. Wenzel also served as independent director of ARCT IV from May 2012 until merger with American Realty Capital Properties in January 2014. Ms. Wenzel has been a member of the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, resident in the New York office since April 2009, as a member in the Business Law Department. Ms. Wenzel practices in the Real Estate Group and the capital markets practice area, focusing on capital markets, finance and sale leaseback transactions. She has represented commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions, as well as the equity, in connection with permanent, bridge, and construction loans, as well as senior preferred equity investments, interim financings and mezzanine financings. She has also represented lenders in connection with complex multi-property/ multistate corporate sale. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Ms. Wenzel was a partner with Wolf Block LLP, managing partner of its New York office and chair of its structured finance practice from October 1999 until April 2009. Ms. Wenzel currently serves as a trustee on the board of Community Service Society, a 160-year-old institution with a primary focus on identifying and supporting public policy innovations to support the working poor in New York City to realize social, economic, and political opportunities. Ms. Wenzel received her law degree from New York University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Emory University. We believe Ms. Wenzel’s current position as an independent director of Global Net Lease, her position on several other boards and her extensive legal background make her well-qualified to serve on our board of directors.