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Corporate Governance - ESH Hospitality

Executive Officers
 Jonathan S. Halkyard
Jonathan S. Halkyard

President / Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan S. Halkyard is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and its paired-share REIT, ESH Hospitality, Inc since January 2018. From January 2015 to December 2017, Mr. Halkyard served as Chief Financial Officer for the Company. From October 2013 to December 2014, Mr. Halkyard served as Chief Operating Officer for the Company as well as Interim Chief Financial Officer from July 2014 to December 2014. From July 2012 to September 2013, Mr. Halkyard served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NV Energy, Inc., a holding company providing energy services and products in Nevada, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company. From March 1999 to May 2012, Mr. Halkyard held various positions with Caesars Entertainment Corporation (formerly known as Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.), including Vice President (2002 to 2005), Treasurer (2003 to 2010), Senior Vice President (2005 to 2010), Executive Vice President (2010 to 2012) and Chief Financial Officer (2006 to 2012). Mr. Halkyard currently serves on the board of directors of Dave & Buster's, Inc.
    Brian Nicholson

    Chief Financial Officer

    Brian T. Nicholson has served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation and ESH REIT since May 2018.  Mr. Nicholson previously served as Chief Financial Officer for The Fresh Market, Inc., where he also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer from June 2017 to September 2017.  From September 2015 to July 2016, Mr. Nicholson was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Driven Brands, Inc.  From June 2012 to  September 2015, Mr. Nicholson was the Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis for the Corporation.  He previously served in finance, strategy, and consulting roles for The Fresh Market, Inc. and ScottMadden, Inc. 

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      Christopher Dekle

      General Counsel

      Christopher N. Dekle has served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Corporation and ESH REIT since June 2018.  Mr. Dekle previously served as Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of the Corporation and ESH REIT from October 2013 to June 2018.  He previously served as General Counsel and Vice President at HVM LLC from April 2010 to October 2013, as Assistant General Counsel from January 2007 to April 2010, and Corporate Counsel from July 2005 to January 2007.  From 2003 to 2005, he was General Counsel for Employers Life Insurance Corporation. From 1997 to 2003, Mr. Dekle was in private practice.

        James G. Alderman Jr.
        James G. Alderman Jr.

        Executive Vice President and Chief Asset Merchant

        James G. Alderman Jr. has served as Chief Asset Merchant of the Corporation and ESH REIT since November 2016. He previously served as Chief Development Officer of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants from July 2013 to November 2016. From March 2012 to July 2013, Mr. Alderman was principal of Alderman Hospitality, a hospitality real estate consulting firm. Prior to that, Mr. Alderman held various leadership positions with other lodging companies such as Wyndham Worldwide and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
          Howard J. Weissman
          Howard J. Weissman

          Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

          Howard J. Weissman has served as Chief Accounting Officer of the Corporation and ESH REIT and Corporate Controller of ESH REIT since May 2015 and Corporate Controller of the Corporation since November 2013. He previously served as Corporate Controller at HVM LLC from December 2011 to November 2013. From May 2009 to December 2011, Mr. Weissman worked at Campus Crest Communities, Inc., serving as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller. From July 2007 through May 2009, Mr. Weissman was Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of EOP Operating Limited Partnership, LP, the private company successor to Equity Office Properties Trust, a commercial office real estate company owned by The Blackstone Group. From May 2003 through May 2007, Mr. Weissman served in a variety of positions with CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, a commercial office real estate company, including as Assistant Controller, Vice President of Shared Services and Controller.
            Board of Directors
             Jonathan S. Halkyard
            Jonathan S. Halkyard

            President / Chief Executive Officer

            Jonathan S. Halkyard is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and its paired-share REIT, ESH Hospitality, Inc since January 2018. From January 2015 to December 2017, Mr. Halkyard served as Chief Financial Officer for the Company. From October 2013 to December 2014, Mr. Halkyard served as Chief Operating Officer for the Company as well as Interim Chief Financial Officer from July 2014 to December 2014. From July 2012 to September 2013, Mr. Halkyard served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NV Energy, Inc., a holding company providing energy services and products in Nevada, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company. From March 1999 to May 2012, Mr. Halkyard held various positions with Caesars Entertainment Corporation (formerly known as Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.), including Vice President (2002 to 2005), Treasurer (2003 to 2010), Senior Vice President (2005 to 2010), Executive Vice President (2010 to 2012) and Chief Financial Officer (2006 to 2012). Mr. Halkyard currently serves on the board of directors of Dave & Buster's, Inc.
              Douglas G. Geoga
              Douglas G. Geoga

              Chairman of the Board

              Douglas G. Geoga has served as Chairman of the board of directors of the Corporation since July 2013 and as Chairman of the Board of ESH REIT since November 2013. Mr. Geoga served as a non-voting member and the Non-Executive Chairman of our predecessor entities, ESH Hospitality Holdings LLC and ESH Strategies Holdings LLC, from October 2010 to November 2013. Mr. Geoga is President and Chief Executive Officer of Salt Creek Hospitality, LLC, a privately-held firm engaged in making investments in the hospitality industry and providing related advisory services. He serves as a director of Carefree Communities, Inc., a company that owns and operates a chain of recreational vehicle/mobile home communities in the United States and Canada. Mr. Geoga also serves as a consultant to Atlantica Investment Holdings Limited, which through affiliated companies is the second largest manager of hotels in Brazil. From October 2012 until September 2015, Mr. Geoga also served as Executive Chairman of Foundations Recovery Network, LLC, an owner and operator of residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment centers. Since 2002, Mr. Geoga has served, and from November 2002 to December 2009, Mr. Geoga’s primary occupation was serving, as principal of Geoga Group, LLC, an investment and advisory consulting firm focused primarily on the hospitality industry. Until July 2006, Mr. Geoga’s primary occupation was serving as the President of Global Hyatt Corporation and as the President of Hyatt Corporation and the President of AIC Holding Co., the parent corporation of Hyatt International Corporation, both privatelyheld subsidiaries of Global Hyatt Corporation which collectively operated the Hyatt chain of hotels throughout the world. In addition, from 2000 through 2005, Mr. Geoga served as President of Hospitality Investment Fund, LLC, a privately-held firm which was engaged in making investments in lodging and hospitality companies and projects. He also serves on the board of directors and audit committee of Kemper Corporation and the audit committee of the Corporation. Mr. Geoga’s history as president of Hyatt Corporation, a global leader in its industry, as well as his extensive experience in private business investment, brings to the Board the perspective of both an operating executive and one who is sophisticated in corporate investments and finance.
              Chairman of the Board
                Lisa Palmer
                Lisa Palmer

                Member

                Lisa Palmer has served as a director of ESH REIT since August 2014. Ms. Palmer is the President and Chief Financial Officer of Regency Centers Corporation. Ms. Palmer has served in a variety of positions with Regency Centers Corporation, including as Senior Manager of Investment Services (from 1996 to 1999), Vice President of Capital Markets (from 1999 to 2003), Senior Vice President of Capital Markets (from 2003 to 2013) and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (from 2013 to 2015). Prior to joining Regency, Ms. Palmer worked with Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting Strategic Services, as a consultant and financial analyst for General Electric. Ms. Palmer’s extensive financial experience and real estate background brings to the Board a significant understanding of the financial and real estate issues and risks that affect ESH REIT.
                Financial Expert
                Kapila K. Anand
                Kapila K. Anand

                Member

                Ms. Kapila K. Anand has served as a director of the Corporation since July 2016. Ms Anand served as an audit and later advisory partner at KPMG LLP from 1989 until her retirement in March 2016. Ms. Anand joined KPMG LLP in 1979 and served in a variety of roles in addition to her role as a partner, including the National Partner-in-Charge, Public Policy Business Initiatives (from 2008 to 2013) and segment leader for the Travel, Leisure, and Hospitality industry and member of the Global Real Estate Steering Committee (each from 2013 to 2016). Ms. Anand has served on KMPG LLP boards in the U.S. and Americas, the board of the Franciscan Ministries, and as the chair of both the KPMG Foundation as well as the Chicago Network. Ms. Anand is currently a Director for Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. and Elanco Animal Health, Inc. She is currently the Lead Director for the Women Corporate Directors Education and Development Foundation and serves on a variety of non-profit boards including Rush University Medical Center and the US Fund for UNICEF. Ms. Anand currently serves as a member of the audit committee of the Corporation.
                Neil Brown
                Neil Brown

                Member

                Mr. Neil Brown has served as a director since May 2017. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ArchCo Residential LLC, a multifamily development company which he established in March 2013 to pursue multifamily development opportunities in select markets across the United States. From September 2010 to February 2013, Mr. Brown served as Chief Development Officer of Archstone, a former developer of apartment communities in the United States. Mr. Brown joined Archstone in 1996. Before joining Archstone, he started the Florida regional office of JPI, a real estate development and investment management company, and served as its Regional Vice President and Regional Partner. Prior to JPI, Mr. Brown was a Partner with Trammell Crow Residential, a multifamily real estate developer. Mr. Brown served in the United States Army for four years attaining the rank of Captain.
                Steven Kent
                Steven Kent

                Member

                Mr. Steven Kent has served as a director since May 2017. He founded Brewster Bay Advisors, LLC in 2016, to act as a thought partner and advisor to board members, CEOs, CFOs and heads of corporate development in regard to capital markets. In January 2017, Mr. Kent joined the faculty at the NYU School of Professional Studies, Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism as Director of Industry Relations and as a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor. He also joined the adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Hospitality. Prior to that, Mr. Kent served in a variety of positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co. Inc., including as founder of the firm's Global Hospitality Investment Research Practice in 1993, Managing Director in the Leisure & Hospitality Group (from 2003 to 2016) and Vice President (from 1993 to 2003) and Associate (from 1990 to 1993) in the Emerging Growth & Hospitality Group. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Kent served as a research analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Mr. Kent received a CFA in 1993.
                Financial Expert
                Bruce N. Haase
                Bruce N. Haase

                Member

                Mr. Haase has served as a director of ESH REIT since April 2018. From 2014 to 2016, he was the Chief Executive Officer of WoodSpring Hotels, LLC, a leading economy extended stay lodging brand. Mr. Haase led the design, launch and franchising of the WoodSpring Suites brand, including the conversion of properties from the company’s Value Place brand. Mr. Haase previously served in a series of executive positions with Choice Hotels International, Inc. including Executive Vice President, Global Brands, Marketing & Operations (from 2008 to 2012), Senior Vice President, Domestic Brand Operations & International Division (from 2007 to 2008), Senior Vice President, International Division (from 2000 to 2007), and Vice President, Finance & Treasurer (in 2000). Prior to joining Choice, Mr. Haase held a series of positions with The Ryland Group, Inc., Caterair International Corporation, Marriott Corporation, and Goldman, Sachs, & Company. He currently serves as chairman of the board of HomeWell Senior Care, Inc., a leading national franchisor of senior home care services.

                As a chief executive officer with significant expertise leading franchise organizations through all stages of development, from start-up and market entry, to the turnaround of troubled brands, to aggressive growth of established franchise systems, Mr. Haase brings hands-on experience with the processes and risks involved in both the lodging industry and the extended stay segment.