Monty J. Bennett CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Mr. Bennett is the Founder, Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer of Ashford (NYSE American: AINC) and serves as the Founder & Chairman, of both Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) and Braemar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:BHR).
Mr. Bennett is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association's Industry Real Estate Finance Advisory Council (IREFAC), the Urban Land Institute's Hotel Council, the Global Advisory Council of Hoftel, a worldwide hotel ownership group, and is on the Advisory Editorial board for GlobalHotelNetwork.com.He is also a member of the CEO Fiscal Leadership Council for Fix the Debt, a non-partisan group dedicated to reducing the nation's federal debt level and on the advisory board of Texans for Education Reform. Formerly, Mr. Bennett was a member of Marriott's Owner Advisory Council and Hilton's Embassy Suites Franchise Advisory Council. Mr. Bennett is a frequent speaker and panelist for various hotel development and investment conferences including the NYU conference and the ALIS conference. Mr. Bennett received the Top-Performing CEO Award from HVS for 2011. This award is presented each year to the CEO in the hospitality industry who offers the best value to shareholders based on HVS's pay-for-performance model. The model compares financial results relative to CEO compensation, as well as a stock appreciation, company growth and increases in EBITDA. Mr. Bennett holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Cornell's S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management and received a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the School of Hotel Administration also at Cornell. He is a life member of the Cornell Hotel Society.
Mr. Bennett's extensive industry experience as well as the strong and consistent leadership qualities he has displayed in his role as the chief executive officer and a director of Ashford Trust since its inception are vital skills that make him uniquely qualified to serve as the chairman of our Board of Directors.
J. Robison Hays CO-PRESIDENT & CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
J. Robison Hays, III has served on our Board since November 2014 and as our Co-President and Chief Strategy Officer since March 2018.
Prior to joining Ashford Trust, Mr. Hays worked in the Corporate Development office of Dresser, Inc., a Dallas-based oil field service and manufacturing company, where he focused on mergers, acquisitions, and strategic direction. Before working at Dresser, Mr. Hays was a member of the Merrill Lynch Global Power & Energy Investment Banking Group based in Texas.
Mr. Hays brings extensive business and finance experience gained while serving as a Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance & Strategy for Ashford Trust, Braemar Hotels and Ashford, as well as his experience with the formation and execution of our strategic initiatives, to our Board of Directors. He earned his A.B. in Politics with a certificate in Political Economy from Princeton University and later studied philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy.
Jeremy J. Welter CO-PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Mr. Welter is the Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Ashford (NYSE American: AINC) and the Chief Operating Officer of both Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) and Braemar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: BHR).
He previously served as the Executive Vice President, Asset Management for Ashford, Ashford Trust and Braemar Hotels. From August 2005 until December 2010, Mr. Welter was employed by Remington Hotels, LP in various capacities, most recently serving as its Chief Financial Officer. He is a current member of Marriott's Owner Advisor Council and serves as a Board Member for the American Hotel and Lodging Association. 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 frequent speaker and panelist for various lodging investment and development conferences, including the NYU Lodging Conference. Mr. Welter is a dual citizen of the United States and Luxembourg.
Mr. Welter earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Oklahoma State University, where he served as student body president and graduated summa cum laude.
Deric S. Eubanks CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Eubanks is the Chief Financial Officer of Ashford (NYSE American: AINC) and serves as the Chief Financial Officer of both Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) and Braemar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: BHR).
Mr. Eubanks oversees all corporate finance and financial reporting initiatives and is involved in all capital market activities including equity raises and debt financings. He also oversees investor relations. Mr. Eubanks formerly served as the Senior Vice President of Finance. Prior to this 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 for Ashford Trust.
Mr. Eubanks has been with Ashford Trust since its initial public offering in August of 2003. He has written several articles for industry publications and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and industry round tables. Before joining Ashford, 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 B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University and is a CFA charter holder. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth.
Robert G. Haiman EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL AND SECRETARY
Mr. Haiman is Ashford’s (NYSE American: AINC) Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and he serves in the same roles for Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) and Braemar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: BHR).
From 1996 through 2004, Mr. Haiman was a real estate attorney in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he represented owners, lenders and developers in connection with the acquisition, development, financing and sale of commercial, residential and light industrial projects.
Mr. Haiman holds a B.A. degree from Amherst College and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where he was a member of the *Duke Law Journal* and the Moot Court Board.
Mark L. Nunneley CHIEF ACCOUNTING OFFICER
Mr. Nunneley is the Chief Accounting Officer of Ashford (NYSE American: AINC) and serves as the Chief Accounting Officer of both Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) and Braemar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: BHR).
Douglas A. Kessler SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
Mr. Kessler is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) and the Senior Managing Director of Ashford (NYSE American: AINC).
He also previously served as the President of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: BHR) and Ashford (NYSE American: AINC). Mr. Kessler has been with Ashford Trust since its formation, having led its IPO, and has served in various other capacities including its Chief Operating Officer. He has spearheaded virtually all of Ashford's key initiatives.
Mr. Kessler has an extensive background with over 30 years of diverse experience across many real estate sectors and operating companies in terms of acquisitions, development, dispositions, finance, asset management, and capital markets. Over those years, Mr. Kessler has served on several corporate boards or executive committees including both the Ashford Trust and Braemar Hotels & Resorts Board of Directors. Previously, Mr. Kessler spent ten years with Goldman Sachs' Whitehall Funds and five years with Trammell Crow.
Mr. Kessler earned both his MBA and BA in Economics from Stanford University.