Investor Relations

Board of Directors

John A. Beckert , , , Chairman of the Board

John A. Beckert became chairman of the board and a director in August 2013. Mr. Beckert has been an operating partner for Highlander Partners, L.P., a private equity firm, since March 2012 and served as a special advisor to Highlander Partners from October 2010 to March 2012. Mr. Beckert is chairman of the board of the Composites Group, a company that develops and manufactures thermoset plastic compounds and custom molded components, where he has been a director since December 2010. In addition, he served on the board of directors of Meisel, a digital graphic arts provider, from July 2008 to December 2012. Previously, from August 2004 to December 2006, Mr. Beckert was ClubCorp, Inc.'s chief executive officer and president and its chief operating officer and president from August 2002 to August 2004. He also served as a member of the board of directors. Prior to that, he was a partner in Seneca Advisors L.L.P. from 2000 to 2002 and president and chief operating officer of Bristol Hotels & Resorts from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Beckert served as vice president of operations of Bristol Hotels & Resorts from 1985 to 1998. Mr. Beckert serves on the board of directors of A.H. Belo, and the audit, compensation and nominating and governance committees of A.H. Belo, and has served as a consultant to our Board of Directors. Mr. Beckert holds a B.S. in hotel administration from Cornell University.

Douglas H. Brooks , , , Director

Douglas H. Brooks became a director in August 2013. Mr. Brooks has served as chairman of the board of directors of Brinker International, Inc., a casual dining restaurant company, since November 2004. Mr. Brooks served as Brinker International's chief executive officer from January 2004 to January 2013 and as its president from January 1999 to January 2013. Mr. Brooks has also served in other capacities for Brinker including as its chief operating officer and as president of Chili's Grill & Bar. In addition to his role as chairman of the board of directors of Brinker International, Mr. Brooks also serves on the board of directors of Southwest Airlines Co. and Auto Zone, Inc. He earned a B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Houston in 1975.

Eric L. Affeldt , , , President & CEO, Director

Eric L. Affeldt has served as our Chief Executive Officer since December 2006 and as a director since 2006. Prior to joining us, he served as a principal of KSL Capital Partners. Mr. Affeldt also previously served as president and chief executive officer of KSL Fairways Golf Corporation from January 1995 to June 1998, vice president and general manager of Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami and the combined PGA West and La Quinta Resort and Club in California from June 1998 to June 2000 and was a founding partner of KSL Recreation Corporation. In addition, Mr. Affeldt was president of General Aviation Holdings, Inc. from January 2000 to March 2005. He is currently a national vice president of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a member of the World Presidents' Organization, and also serves on the board of directors and as the non-executive chairman for Cedar Fair LP. He holds a B.A. in political science and religion from Claremont McKenna College.

Janet Grove , , , Director

Janet Grove became a director in August 2013. Prior to joining us, Ms. Grove served as corporate vice chairman from February 2003 to June 2011 for Macys, Inc. and chairman & chief executive officer from December 1999 to February 2009 and chairman from February 1998 to December 1999 for Macy's Merchandising Group. Ms. Grove served on the board of directors for Safeway, Inc. and currently serves on the board of directors for Aeropostale, Inc., and in an advisory role to the chief executive officer and senior management for Karstadt Department Stores and has served as a consultant to our Board of Directors. Ms. Grove holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from California State University in Hayward.

Jeff Lamb , , , Director

Jeff Lamb became a director in June 2016. Mr. Lamb has served as Executive Vice President Corporate Services of Southwest Airlines Co. since July 2015. Mr. Lamb also served as Executive Vice President & Chief People & Administrative Officer of Southwest Airlines Co. from September 2011 to July 2015, Senior Vice President Administration & Chief People Officer from October 2007 to September 2011, Vice President People & Leadership Development from February 2006 to October 2007, and as Senior Director People Development from December 2004 until February 2006. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Lamb served in several senior leadership positions with The Staubach Company, including EVP Corporate Services, President of Staubach Lease Administration and President of Staubach Facilities Management. From 1993 to 2000, he served as VP Administration for A.H. Belo Corporation. From 1981 to 1993, he served in several roles with Mesa Petroleum Co. including VP Administration. Mr. Lamb holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies from the West Texas A&M University and earned his Senior Professional in Human Resources certification in 2000.

Lou J. Grabowsky , , , Director

Louis J. Grabowsky became a director in August 2015. Mr. Grabowsky is a founder and principal of Juniper Capital Management. Mr. Grabowsky served as partner at Grant Thornton LLP from August 2002 to July 2014 and as Chief Operating Officer from January 2010 to July 2013. He also served as Senior Advisor, Operations from August 2013 until his retirement in July 2014. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Grabowsky had responsibility for Grant Thornton’s U.S. operations and led the firm’s U.S. shared services operation in India. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mr. Grabowsky served for a total of 27 years in various positions with Arthur Andersen LLP, including in the role as Partner-In-Charge of the Assurance Practice for the firm’s Dallas office from mid-1991 to February 1997. Mr. Grabowsky also serves on the board of directors of Griffon Corporation, a publicly traded, diversified manufacturing company. Mr. Grabowsky holds a B.S. in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Emanuel R. Pearlman , , , Director

Emanuel R. Pearlman became a director in May 2017. Mr. Pearlman currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Empire Resorts, Inc., a holding company for various subsidiaries engaged in the hospitality and gaming industries, where he also serves on the Strategic Development Committee. Mr. Pearlman has served as a director of Empire Resorts, Inc. since May 2010 and previously served as non-executive Chairman of the Board from September 2010 through May 2016. Mr. Pearlman also currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Liberation Investment Group, LLC, an investment management and financial consulting firm that he founded in 2003. Mr. Pearlman has also served as a director of each of Network-1 Technologies, Inc., a company focused on the development, licensing and protection of intellectual property assets, since January 2012, where he serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Pearlman holds a M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and graduated with an A.B. degree in economics from Duke University.

Margaret Spellings , , , Director

Margaret Spellings became a director in September, 2015. Ms. Spellings was elected as President of the 17-campus University of North Carolina, taking office in March 2016. Ms. Spellings previously served as President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. She served as United States Secretary of Education from January 2005 to January 2009 and as Assistant to the President of the United States of America, Domestic Policy, from January 2001 to January 2005. From February 2009 to July 2013, Ms. Spellings served as President and CEO of Margaret Spellings and Company where she provided strategic guidance to large philanthropic and private sector organizations. From mid-2010 to July 2013, Ms. Spellings served as President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where she led the Chamber’s nonprofit educational organizations. Ms. Spellings serves on the boards of several mutual funds managed by the Capital Research and Management Company. She also serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for Ceannate Corp. She earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Houston in 1979 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Houston in 2006.

William E. Sullivan , , , Director

William E. Sullivan became a director in August 2013. Since June 2014, Mr. Sullivan has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Purdue University. From March 2007 to May 2012, Mr. Sullivan served as chief financial officer of Prologis, Inc., or Prologis, a publicly traded REIT. Prior to joining Prologis, Mr. Sullivan was the founder and president of Greenwood Advisors, Inc., a private financial consulting and advisory firm, from 2005 to 2007. He served as chief executive officer of SiteStuff, Inc. from 2001 to 2005 and chairman of SiteStuff, Inc. from 2001 until the company was sold in June 2007. Mr. Sullivan served as chief financial officer of Jones Lang LaSalle from 1997 to 2001 and in various other capacities with Jones Lang LaSalle since 1984. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, he was a member of the Communications Lending Group of the First National Bank of Chicago and also served as a member of the tax division of Ernst & Ernst LLP, a predecessor to Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Sullivan serves on the board of directors of CyrusOne Inc., a publicly traded REIT, as its lead independent director and chair of its audit committee and on the board of directors of Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, Inc. as chair of its audit committee. Mr. Sullivan holds a M.B.A. in Management and Finance from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and a B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Marketing from Georgetown University. He also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Simon M. Turner , , , Director

Simon M. Turner became a director in May 2017. Prior to joining us, Mr. Turner was President of Global Development at Starwood Hotels & Resorts from May 2008 until October 2016. Mr. Turner served as a principal at Hotel Capital Advisors, an international hotel investment advisory and asset management firm, from June 1996 until April 2008. Mr. Turner was a director of investment banking at Solomon Brothers from June 1987 until June 1996. He also served as a member of the board of directors and member of the audit and compensation committees of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts from January 1997 to May 2007 and as a member of the board of directors and member of the audit committee of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts from May 2006 until January 2008. Mr. Turner holds a B.S. in hotel administration from Cornell University.

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