People: Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc (AHT)

AHT on New York Consolidated

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25 Jul 2014
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Montgomery Bennet

48 2013 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Douglas Kessler

53 2013 President

Deric Eubanks

38 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

David Brooks

54 2009 Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, Secretary

Jeremy Welter

37 2011 Executive Vice President - Asset Management

Mark Nunneley

56 2003 Chief Accounting Officer

Benjamin Ansell

46 2013 Lead Independent Director

Alan Tallis

67 2013 Director

Thomas Callahan

58 2008 Independent Director

Kamal Jafarnia

47 2013 Independent Director

Philip Payne

62 2003 Independent Director

Elise Chittick

2012 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Montgomery Bennet

Mr. Montgomery J. Bennett is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. Effective in January 2013, Mr. Bennett was appointed as the Chairman of our Board. Prior to January 2009, Mr. Bennett also served as our president. Mr. Bennett has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. since April 2013 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Remington Holdings, LP. Mr. Bennett joined Remington Hotel Corporation in 1992 and has served in several key positions, such as President, Executive Vice President, Director of Information Systems, General Manager and Operations Director. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. He has over 20 years of experience in the hotel industry and has experience in virtually all aspects of the hospitality industry, including hotel ownership, finance, operations, development, asset management and project management. He is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association's Industry Real Estate Finance Advisory Council (IREFAC), the Urban Land Institute's Hotel Council, and on the Advisory Editorial Board for GlobalHotelNetwork.com. He is also a member of the CEO Fiscal Leadership Council for Fix the Debt. Formerly, Mr. Bennett was a member of Marriott's Owner Advisory Council and Hilton's Embassy Suites Franchise Advisory Council. Mr. Bennett received the Top-Performing CEO Award from HVS for 2011. The model compares financial results relative to CEO compensation, as well as a stock appreciation, company growth and increases in EBITDA.

Douglas Kessler

Mr. Douglas A. Kessler is President of Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. He also currently serves as the President and a director of Ashford Prime. Prior to being appointed President of our company, Mr. Kessler served as our Chief Operating Officer and Head of Acquisitions beginning in May 2003. Mr. Kessler has spearheaded numerous key initiatives while at Ashford Trust and has been responsible for several billion dollars of capital transactions along with the growth of the company's asset base to in excess of $4 billion. From July 2002 until August 2003, Mr. Kessler served as the managing director/chief investment officer of Remington Hotel Corporation. Prior to joining Remington Hotel Corporation, Mr. Kessler was employed by Goldman Sachs' Whitehall Real Estate Funds from 1993 to 2002, where he assisted in the management of more than $11 billion of real estate (including $6 billion of hospitality investments) involving over 20 operating partner platforms worldwide. During his nine years at Whitehall, Mr. Kessler served on the boards or executive committees of several lodging companies, including Westin Hotels and Resorts and Strategic Hotel Capital. Mr. Kessler has diverse real estate experience totaling nearly 30 years and is a member of Urban Land Institute's Hotel Council and is a frequent speaker and panelist at lodging industry conferences including International Hotel Investment Forum, Americas Lodging Investment Summit and the NYU Lodging Conference. Mr. Kessler has a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University.

Deric Eubanks

Mr. Deric S. Eubanks has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer of the Company effective June 13, 2014. Mr. Eubanks is currently the Senior Vice President of Finance of Ashford Hospitality Advisors and serves as the Senior Vice President of finance of both Ashford Hospitality Trust and Ashford Hospitality Prime. In this role, he is responsible for assisting the CEO and CFO with all corporate finance and financial reporting initiatives and capital market activities including equity raises and debt financings. He also oversees the Investor Relations function and is responsible for supervision and executing the Company's hedging strategies. Prior to his present role, Mr. Eubanks was Vice President of Investments and was responsible for sourcing and underwriting hotel investments including direct equity investments, joint venture equity, preferred equity, mezzanine loans, first mortgages, B-notes, construction loans, and other debt securities. Before joining Ashford Trust, Mr. Eubanks was a Manager of Financial Analysis for ClubCorp, where he assisted in underwriting and analyzing investment opportunities in the golf and resort industries. Mr. Eubanks earned a BBA from Southern Methodist University and is a CFA charterholder.

David Brooks

Mr. David A. Brooks is Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, Secretary of Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc., since January 2009. He also currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Secretary of Ashford Prime. Prior to assuming his current role with the company, Mr. Brooks served as our Chief Legal Officer, Head of Transactions and Secretary from August 2003 to January 2009. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Remington Hotel Corporation and Ashford Financial Corporation from January 1992 until August 2003, where he co-led the formation of numerous investment partnerships, negotiated and closed approximately $1 billion in asset acquisitions and asset managed nearly $750 million dollars in non-performing hospitality loans. Prior to joining Remington Hotel Corporation, Mr. Brooks served as a partner with the law firm of Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay. Mr. Brooks earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of North Texas in 1981, his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center in 1984 and became licensed as a CPA in the State of Texas in 1984 (currently non-practicing status).

Jeremy Welter

Mr. Jeremy Welter is an Executive Vice President - Asset Management of Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc., since March 2011. He also currently serves as the Executive Vice President, Asset Management of Ashford Prime. From August 2005 until December 2010, Mr. Welter was employed by Remington Hotels, LP in various capacities, most recently serving as chief financial officer. From July 2000 through July 2005, Mr. Welter was an investment banker at Stephens, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity and debt, capital raises, company valuations, fairness opinions and recapitalizations. Before working at Stephens, Mr. Welter was part of Bank of America's Global Corporate Investment Banking group. Mr. Welter is a speaker and panelist for various lodging investment and development conferences, including the NYU Lodging Conference. Mr. Welter earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Economics from Oklahoma State University, where he served as student body president and graduated summa cum laude.

Mark Nunneley

Mr. Mark L. Nunneley is Chief Accounting Officer of Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc., since May 2003. He also currently serves as the Chief Accounting Officer of Ashford Prime. From 1992 until 2003, Mr. Nunneley served as Chief Financial Officer of Remington Hotel Corporation. He previously served as a tax consultant at Arthur Andersen & Company and as a tax manager at Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Nunneley is a certified public accountant (CPA) in the State of Texas and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of CPAs and Dallas Chapter of AICPAs. Mr. Nunneley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Houston.

Benjamin Ansell

Dr. Benjamin J. Ansell, M.D., is Lead Independent Director of Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. Dr. Ansell is the founder of and current Director and Chairman of the Board of the UCLA Executive Health Program, where he has been responsible for marketing and selling executive health program services to more than twenty Fortune 500 companies and 4,000 individual customers. Dr. Ansell also founded and serves as the Director of UCLA Medical Hospitality, which coordinates health services, concierge and some hospitality functions within the UCLA Health System. Dr. Ansell is also a senior practice physician within the UCLA Health System specializing in cardiovascular disease prevention and early detection strategies. Over the past two decades, Dr. Ansell has acted as senior advisor to the pharmaceutical industry and financial community with respect to U.S. marketing, sales and branding strategies for cardiovascular medication. Dr. Ansell has significant entrepreneurial and management experience including brand development and positioning, sales and marketing, finance and establishing strategic relationships with both corporate and individual clients and customers. Additionally, Dr. Ansell successfully completed the director certification program at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management in 2009.

Alan Tallis

Mr. Alan L. Tallis is Director Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. Mr. Tallis is currently principal of Alan L. Tallis & Associates, a consulting firm principally engaged in serving the lodging industry. From March 2008 through February 2011, Mr. Tallis served as Executive Vice President, Asset Management for our company, and from February 2011 through January 2012, Mr. Tallis served as a consultant to our company. From June 2006 to May 2007, Mr. Tallis served as a senior advisor to Blackstone Real Estate Advisors following its acquisition of La Quinta Corporation. From July 2000 until May 2006, Mr. Tallis served in various positions with La Quinta Corporation, most recently serving as President and Chief Development Officer of LQ Management LLC and President of La Quinta Franchising LLC. Prior to joining La Quinta Corporation, Mr. Tallis held various positions with Red Roof Inns, including serving as Executive Vice Presidentā€”Development and General Counsel from 1994 to 1999.

Thomas Callahan

Mr. Thomas E. Callahan is Independent Director of Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. Mr. Callahan was elected to the board of directors in December 2008. Mr. Callahan is currently Co-President and Chief Executive Officer of PKF Consulting USA, a national real estate advisory firm specializing in the hospitality industry, with responsibility for the overall operations and management of the company. Prior to forming the predecessor to PKF Consulting USA, in 1992, Mr. Callahan was Deputy Managing Partner of Pannell Kerr Forster, an international public accounting firm specializing in the hospitality industry.

Kamal Jafarnia

Mr. Kamal Jafarnia has been appointed as Independent Director of Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. effective January 19, 2013. Mr. Jafarnia currently holds the position of counsel at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, a national law firm. He has been with this firm since April 2014. Prior to that, he was of counsel in the Financial Services & Products Group, and a member of the REIT practice group, in the New York office of Alston & Bird, LLP, a national law firm. He was with Alston & Bird, LLP from August 2012 through March 2014. From 2008 until joining Alston & Bird, LLP, Mr. Jafarnia was a senior vice president and chief compliance officer at American Realty Capital/Realty Capital Securities, a real estate investment program sponsor and wholesale distribution platform. In 2008, Mr. Jafarnia also served as executive vice president, legal and corporate development at Franklin Square Capital Partners, an investment management firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 2006 until 2008, Mr. Jafarnia was vice president and assistant general counsel at Behringer Securities, LP, a real estate investment program sponsor, in Dallas, Texas.

Philip Payne

Mr. Philip S. Payne is Independent Director of Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc., since August 2003. Mr. Payne is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Ginkgo Residential, LLC. Ginkgo Residential was formed in July 2010 to assume all of the property management activities of Babcock & Brown Residential of which Mr. Payne was the CEO. Ginkgo Residential is primarily involved in the acquisition, management and substantial rehabilitation of middle market multi-family properties in the southern United States. Prior to joining Babcock & Brown Residential, Mr. Payne was the Chairman of BNP Residential Properties Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust that was acquired by Babcock & Brown Ltd, a publicly traded Australian investment bank, in 2007. Mr. Payne joined BNP Residential in 1990 as Vice President Capital Market Activities and became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 1993. He was named Treasurer in April 1995, a director in December 1997, and was elected Chairman in 2004. From 2007 until 2009, Mr. Payne served as a director of Meruelo Maddux Properties, a publicly traded company that focused on residential, commercial and industrial development and redevelopment in southern California. Mr. Payne is a member of the Urban Land Institute, founding chairman of ULI's Responsible Property Investing Council and is co-chairman of ULI's Climate, Land Use and Energy Group. Mr. Payne is also a member of National Multi Housing Council.

Elise Chittick

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Montgomery Bennet

4,156,500

Douglas Kessler

4,490,000

Deric Eubanks

--

David Brooks

3,644,950

Jeremy Welter

2,181,500

Mark Nunneley

1,866,560

Benjamin Ansell

--

Alan Tallis

1,990,850

Thomas Callahan

--

Kamal Jafarnia

--

Philip Payne

--

Elise Chittick

--
As Of 30 Dec 2013

Options Compensation

Name Options Value

Montgomery Bennet

178,360 1,014,210

Douglas Kessler

153,244 865,910

Deric Eubanks

0 0

David Brooks

72,924 411,023

Jeremy Welter

0 0

Mark Nunneley

36,330 202,928

Benjamin Ansell

0 0

Alan Tallis

6,390 29,075

Thomas Callahan

0 0

Kamal Jafarnia

0 0

Philip Payne

0 0

Elise Chittick

0 0
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