Board of Directors
William W. McCarten - Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director
Daniel J. Altobello - Independent Director
Mark W. Brugger - President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
W. Robert Grafton - Lead Director and Independent Director
Maureen L. McAvey - Independent Director
Gilbert T. Ray - Independent Director
Bruce D. Wardinski - Independent Director
William W. McCarten
William W. McCarten has served as our Chairman of the Board of Directors and has been a member of our Board of Directors since our formation in 2004. Mr. McCarten was also our Chief Executive Officer from our formation in 2004 until his retirement in September 2008.
Mr. McCarten worked for the Marriott Corporation, or Marriott International, Inc., and its related entities for over twenty-five years until January 2004. Among his many positions during those twenty-five years, Mr. McCarten served as the Chief Executive Officer of HMSHost Corporation, formerly Host Marriott Services Corporation, a publicly held developer and operator of restaurant and retail concessions in travel and entertainment venues listed on the NYSE from 1995 to 2000. In addition, Mr. McCarten served as non-executive Chairman of HMSHost Corporation from 2000 to 2001.
Prior to joining Marriott, Mr. McCarten was an accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1970 to 1979.
Mr. McCarten received his B.S. in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 1970, and he served on the Advisory Board of the McIntire School from 1981 to 1996.
Daniel J. Altobello
Daniel J. Altobello has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2004.
Mr. Altobello has been Chairman of Altobello Family LP since 1991. Mr. Altobello also served as chairman of the board of directors of Onex Food Services, Inc., the parent corporation of Caterair International, Inc. and LSG/SKY Chefs from 1995 to 2001. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Altobello was the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Caterair International Corporation. He currently serves on the board of directors of JER Investors Trust, Inc., MESA Air Group and Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. In addition, Mr. Altobello serves on the Advisory Board of Thayer Capital Partners.
Mark W. Brugger
Mark W. Brugger currently serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer and was appointed to be a member of the Board of Directors in 2008. Previously he served as our Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since our formation in 2004 until he was promoted to our Chief Executive Officer.
Previously, Mr. Brugger served as Vice President Project Finance for Marriott International, Inc. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Brugger served as Vice President Investment Sales of Transwestern Commercial Services, formerly the Carey Winston Company. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Brugger was the Land Development Director for Coscan Washington, Inc. Mr. Brugger received a Juris Doctorate with honors from American University School of Law in 1995 and a B.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1992.
W. Robert Grafton
W. Robert Grafton has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2004 and serves as our Lead Director.
Mr. Grafton is a retired certified public accountant. He retired from Andersen Worldwide S.C. in 2000. Andersen Worldwide provided global professional auditing and consulting services through its two service entities, Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting. Mr. Grafton joined Arthur Andersen in 1963 and was elected a member of the Board of Partners of Andersen Worldwide in 1991. Mr. Grafton was elected Chairman of the Board of Partners in 1994 and served as Managing Partner — Chief Executive from 1997 through 2000. Mr. Grafton serves on the board of directors of Carmax Inc., a publicly traded company listed on the NYSE, where he also serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Maureen L. McAvey
Maureen L. McAvey has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2004.
Ms. McAvey is the Executive Vice President, Initiatives Group at the Urban Land Institute, or ULI, in Washington, DC, where she has worked in various positions since 2001. ULI is a premier research and education organization within the real estate and land use industry. Ms. McAvey was a member of the board of trustees of ULI from 1995 to 2001. Prior to joining ULI, from 1998 to 2001, Ms. McAvey was Director, Business Development, for Federal Realty Investment Trust, an owner and manager of retail developments and mixed-use developments and a publicly traded company listed on the NYSE. Ms. McAvey also has served as the Director of Development for the City of St. Louis, a cabinet level position in the Mayor’s office and she was Executive Director of the St. Louis Development Corporation. Prior to working for the City of St. Louis, Ms. McAvey led the real estate consulting practices in Boston for Deloitte & Touche and Coopers & Lybrand. Ms. McAvey directed the west coast operations of Carley Capital Group, a national development firm and also has experience as a private developer. Ms. McAvey holds two masters degrees, one from the University of Minnesota and one from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Gilbert T. Ray
Gilbert T. Ray has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2004.
Mr. Ray was a partner in the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP until his retirement in 2000. He practiced corporate law for 27 years, and has extensive experience with corporate and tax exempt transactions, as well as international finance. Mr. Ray is a member of the board of directors of Advance Auto Parts, Inc., Towers Watson & Co. and DineEquity, Inc., each a publicly traded company listed on the NYSE.
Bruce D. Wardinski
Mr. Wardinski was appointed to be a member of the Board of Directors in January 2013.
Mr. Wardinski has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and is currently the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Playa Hotels & Resorts, which he founded. Prior to forming Playa, Mr. Wardinski served as CEO of Barcelo Crestline Corporation ("BCC") fromJune 2002 until December 2010. He also served as Chairman, President and CEO of Crestline Capital Corporation prior to BCC's acquisition in June 2002. In 2003, Mr. Wardinski was the founder and Chairman of the Board of Highland Hospitality Company. He has also worked withHost Hotels & Resorts in the role of Senior Vice President and Treasurer.
Mr. Wardinski is a founding member of the ServiceSource Foundation, a not-for-profit advocacy group representing people with disabilities, and currently serves as the Foundation's Chairman. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Mr. Wardinski graduated with honors from the University of Virginia and earned his MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.