People: Chesapeake Lodging Trust (CHSP.N)
Mr. Thomas D. Eckert is an Independent Trustee of Chesapeake Lodging Trust. Since 2011, Mr. Eckert has served as Chairman, and previously from 1997 to 2011 had served as President and Chief Executive Officer, of Capital Automotive Real Estate Services, Inc., or Capital Automotive, a privately owned real estate company that owns and manages net-leased real estate for automotive retailers. Mr. Eckert was one of Capital Automotive’s founders and led its IPO in February 1998. Mr. Eckert also served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a trustee of Capital Automotive from its founding until December 2005, when it was taken private. From 1983 to 1997, Mr. Eckert was employed by Pulte Home Corporation, a U.S. homebuilder, serving most recently as President of Pulte’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Prior to working at Pulte, Mr. Eckert spent over seven years with the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Eckert is currently Chairman of the Board of The Munder Funds, a $7 billion mutual fund group, chairman of the compensation committee and a member of the audit committee of DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., a publicly-traded owner, developer and manager of wholesale data centers, and lead director and chairman of the compensation committee of NVR, Inc., a homebuilder. In addition, Mr. Eckert is a former director of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and Fieldstone Investment Corporation. Mr. Eckert received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in 1970.
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