Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Richard J. Stockton
Richard J. Stockton
Chief Executive Officer and President
Richard J. Stockton Mr. Stockton has served as Chief Executive Officer of Braemar Hotels & Resorts since November 2016 and as President since April 2017. He brings a wealth of real estate experience and accomplishments to Braemar Hotels. He spent over 15 years at Morgan Stanley in real estate investment banking where he rose from an Associate to Managing Director and regional group head. At Morgan Stanley, he was head of EMEA Real Estate Banking in London, executing business across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He was also appointed co-head of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Banking Group, he was responsible for a team across Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Mumbai. He left Morgan Stanley in 2013 to become President & CEO-Americas for OUE Limited, a publicly listed Singaporean property company with over $5 billion in assets. Most recently, Richard served as Global Chief Operating Officer for Real Estate at Carval Investors, a subsidiary of Cargill with approximately $1 billion in real estate investments in the US, Canada, United Kingdom and France. Mr. Stockton received an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BS from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration.
Robert G. Haiman
Robert G. Haiman
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Robert G. Haiman Mr. Haiman is Ashford’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and he serves in the same roles for Ashford Hospitality Trust and Braemar Hotels & Resorts. Prior to joining Ashford in 2018, Mr. Haiman spent 14 years at Remington Hotels, where he oversaw a variety of legal and business initiatives for one of the largest third party hotel management companies in the country. Most recently, Mr. Haiman served as Remington’s Chief Legal Officer, overseeing all legal matters related to Remington’s property and project management businesses. Previously, he led the initiative to develop *The Gallery*, Remington’s collection of independent luxury hotels. Mr. Haiman has been a frequent speaker at various lodging conferences, and he was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Condo Hotel Owners.

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.
Deric S. Eubanks
Deric S. Eubanks
Chief Financial Officer
Deric S. Eubanks Mr. Eubanks is the Chief Financial Officer of Ashford and serves as the Chief Financial Officer of both Ashford Hospitality Trust and Braemar Hotels & Resorts. 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.
Mark L. Nunneley
Mark L. Nunneley
Chief Accounting Officer
Mark L. Nunneley 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). He has served as the Chief Accounting Officer of Ashford Hospitality Trust since May 2003 where he is responsible for the tax, accounting, ad valorem tax and treasury functions. From 1992 to 2003, Mr. Nunneley served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company's predecessor. He previously served as a tax consultant at Arthur Andersen & Company and as a tax manager at Deloitte & Touche. During his career, he has been responsible for the preparation, consultation and review of federal and state income tax, franchise and sales and use tax returns for hundreds of partnerships, corporations and individuals. Mr. Nunneley is also responsible for the ad valorem tax function which includes successfully appealing and receiving refunds in the millions of dollars. Mr. Nunneley is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of CPAs and Dallas Chapter of AICPAs.
Jeremy J. Welter
Jeremy J. Welter
Chief Operating Officer
Jeremy J. Welter Mr. Welter is the Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Ashford Inc and the Chief Operating Officer of both Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. and Braemar Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Welter oversees the asset management, capital management, and acquisition underwriting functions for Ashford Trust and Braemar Hotels as well as the operations of Ashford Inc, including both its asset management advisory business and its hospitality products and services business. Mr. Welter is responsible for the growth of Ashford Inc’s products and services line of business through strategic acquisitions and investments in businesses that are engaged in providing hospitality products and services and developing and overseeing their operations and growth. He has led the acquisition or investment in OpenKey, J&S Audio Visual, Lismore Capital, Kalibri Labs, PURE Rooms and RED Hospitality and Leisure.

He previously served as the Executive Vice President, Asset Management for Ashford Inc, 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.
J. Robison Hays
J. Robison Hays
Chief Strategy Officer
J. Robison Hays J. Robison Hays, III has served on our board since November 2014 and as our Co-President and Chief Strategy Officer since March 2018. He also serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of both Ashford Hospitality Trust and Braemar Hotels & Resorts Previously, he served as our Chief Strategy Officer since November 2014 and, from our inception to November 2014, Mr. Hays served as our Senior Vice President Corporate Finance & Strategy. He has also served in that capacity for Ashford LLC and Braemar Hotels since April 2013 and for Ashford Trust since 2010. Mr. Hays also serves as Chief Investment Officer of AIM. Mr. Hays has been with Ashford Trust since April 2005. Mr. Hays is responsible for the formation and execution of our strategic initiatives, working closely with our Chief Executive Officer. He also oversees all financial analysis as it relates to the corporate model, including acquisitions, divestitures, refinancings, hedging, capital market transactions and major capital outlays. Prior to 2013, in addition to his other responsibilities, Mr. Hays was in charge of Ashford Trust's investor relations group. Mr. Hays is a frequent speaker at industry and Wall Street investor conferences.

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 LLC, 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.

Board of Directors

Monty J. Bennett
Chairman
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 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.
Stefani Danielle Carter
Lead Director
Ms. Carter has served as a member of the Board since November 2013. Ms. Carter has been a practicing attorney since 2005, specializing in civil litigation, contractual disputes and providing general counsel and advice to small businesses and individuals. Ms. Carter serves as Senior Counsel at the law firm of Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC, a position she has held since November 2017. From 2011 to November 2017, Ms. Carter served as a principal at the law firm of Stefani Carter & Associates, LLC. In addition, Ms. Carter served as an elected representative of Texas House District 102 in the Texas House of Representatives (the "Texas House") between 2011 and 2015, serving as a member on several Texas House committees, including the Committee on Appropriations, the Energy Resources Committee, and the Select Committee on Criminal Procedure Reform during that period. Ms. Carter also served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence during that period. From 2008 to 2011, Ms. Carter was employed as an associate attorney at the law firm of Sayles Werbner and from 2007 to 2008 was a prosecutor in the Collin County District Attorney's Office. Prior to joining the Collin County District Attorney's Office, Ms. Carter was an associate attorney at Vinson & Elkins from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Carter has a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy 8 School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a Bachelor of Journalism in News/Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin

Ms. Carter brings her extensive legal experience in advising and counseling clients in civil litigation and contractual disputes, as well as her many experiences as an elected official, to the Board. In addition, Ms. Carter brings her experience with, and knowledge of, the Company and its operations gained as a director of the Company since November 2013 to her role as a director of the Company.
Kenneth H. Fearn
Kenneth H. Fearn is Founder and Managing Partner of Integrated Capital LLC, a private equity real estate firm with a focus on hospitality assets in markets across the United States. Prior to founding Integrated Capital, Mr. Fearn was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Maritz, Wolff & Co., a private equity firm engaged in real estate acquisition and development. Maritz, Wolff managed three private equity investment funds totaling $500 million focused on acquiring luxury hotels and resorts. Prior to Maritz, Wolff, he was with McKinsey & Company, a strategy management consulting firm in Los Angeles, where he worked with Fortune 200 companies to address issues of profitability and develop business strategies. Prior to McKinsey & Company, he worked at JP Morgan & Company, where he was involved with corporate merger and acquisition assignments. Mr. Fearn received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Fearn has served on the Marriott International Owner Advisory Board since 2006 and previously served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at Cornell University. He also previously served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles as well as the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, where he was a member of the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee from 2005-2014.

Mr. Fearn brings over 21 years of real estate and hospitality experience to our board of directors. During his career at Maritz, Wolff & Co. and later Integrated Capital, he was involved in the acquisition of approximately $2 billion in hospitality assets and secured in excess of $2.5 billion in debt financing. His extensive contacts in the hospitality and commercial real estate lending industries will be beneficial in his service on our board of directors.
Abteen Vaziri
Mr. Vaziri has served as a member of the Board since October 2017. Mr. Vaziri has worked in all aspects of evaluating hotel assets, from evaluating investments in the hospitality, gaming, and lodging industries to analyzing the development of hotels, the evaluation of hotel F&B operations and analyzing and executing traditional and EB-5 hotel financings. Mr. Vaziri currently serves as a Managing Director at Brevet Capital Management, a position he has held since June 2018. Mr. Vaziri served as a director at Greystone & Co, an institutional real estate lender, where Mr. Vaziri helped build Greystone's EB-5 real estate financing platform. Mr. Vaziri earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Vaziri is also a Juris Doctor candidate at Fordham University with a concentration in Finance and Business Law, expecting to graduate in May 2018.

Mr. Vaziri brings his familiarity with the hotel industry, his real estate experience, and his experience as a director of an institutional real estate lender to the Board. He also has significant experience in strategic planning, accounting, finance and risk management.
Curtis B. McWilliams
Lead Director
Mr. McWilliams has served as a member of our board of directors since November 2013. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for Ardmore Shipping Corporation, an NYSE-listed company. Mr. McWilliams retired from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of CNL Real Estate Advisors, Inc. in 2010 after serving in such role since 2007. CNL Real Estate Advisors, Inc. provides advisory services relating to commercial real estate acquisitions and asset management and structures strategic relationships with U.S. and international real estate owners and operators for investments in commercial properties across a wide variety of sectors. From 1997 to 2007, Mr. McWilliams also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as serving as a director from 2005 to 2007, of Trustreet Properties, Inc., which under his leadership became the then-largest publicly-traded restaurant REIT with over $3.0 billion in assets. Mr. McWilliams has approximately 19 years of experience with REITs and, during his career at CNL Real Estate Advisors, Inc., helped launch and then served as the President of two REIT joint ventures between CNL and Macquarie Capital and the external advisor for both such REITs. Mr. McWilliams previously served on the board of directors and as the audit committee chairman of CNL Bank, a state bank in the State of Florida, from 1999 to 2004. Mr. McWilliams also has approximately 14 years of investment banking experience at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he started as an associate and later served for several years as a Managing Director. Mr. McWilliams has a Master's in Business with a Concentration in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University.

Mr. McWilliams brings his business and management experience gained while serving as president and chief executive officer of two different companies, including one NYSE-listed REIT, as well as his investment banking experience and his experience as a public company director and audit committee chairman, to our board of directors.
Mary Candace Evans
An award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and editor since 1980, Ms. Evans is the Founder and Publisher of CandysDirt.com and SecondShelters.com, vertical business-to-business websites devoted to the North Texas real estate industry and vacation home sales market. Her unique sites, founded in 2011, are among the most widely read in Texas for local real estate, insider and breaking news. The award-winning content is published daily by a staff of journalists, with a subscription base of more than 33,000 readers. Banner, display, and native ad sales have increased more than 10 percent year over year since the sites were founded. Ms. Evans has worked as an editor for DMagazine Partners, where she helped found the award-winning DHome Magazine in 2000. In addition, she conceived and created a successful real estate blog on the DMagazine platform in 2007-2010, DallasDirt.com. Prior to her long tenure at DMagazine, Ms. Evans worked for CBS News in New York, WBBM-TV in Chicago, KDFW-TV in Dallas, and has written for many publications in print and online, including Newsweek, Home, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Business Journal, D CEO, Modern Luxury Dallas, AOL Real Estate, Joel Kotkin's The New Geography, Medical Economics, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Adweek, Texas Business, and others. She is the author of Decade of Dreams: The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders which was adapted into a documentary by Dana Adams Shapiro in 2018: Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. She is the current North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com.

Ms. Evans earned her M.S.J. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and her undergraduate degree at Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.), and studied at Dartmouth College. She holds an active Texas real estate license.
Matthew D. Rinaldi
Mr. Rinaldi has served as a member of the Board since November 2013. Mr. Rinaldi is a licensed attorney whose practice has focused on representing businesses in a broad range of complex commercial litigation and appellate matters, including securities class action lawsuits, director and officer liability, real estate, antitrust, insurance and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Rinaldi is the General Counsel of Qantas Healthcare Management, LLC and its affiliated medical facilities, a position he has held since June 2017. Mr. Rinaldi served as Senior Counsel with the law firm of Dykema from July 2014 through June 2017. Mr. Rinaldi also served as an elected representative of Texas House District 115 in the Texas House from 2015 to 2019. Previously, Mr. Rinaldi practiced law as a solo practitioner from November 2013 to July 2014 and served as counsel with the law firm of Miller, Egan, Molter & Nelson, LLP from 2009 to November 2013. Prior to joining Miller, Egan, Molter & Nelson, LLP, Mr. Rinaldi was an associate attorney at the law firm of K&L Gates LLP from 2006 to 2009 and an associate attorney at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, LLP from 2001 to 2006, where he defended corporate officers and accounting firms in securities class action lawsuits and assisted with SEC compliance issues. Mr. Rinaldi has extensive experience in federal, state and appellate courts and has represented and counseled a broad spectrum of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, 'Big Four' accounting firms and insurance companies, as well as small businesses and individuals. Mr. Rinaldi has a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Boston University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics, cum laude, from James Madison University.
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