Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Monty J. Bennett
Monty J. Bennett
Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board
Monty J. Bennett 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.
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
President
Jeremy J. Welter Mr. Welter is the President 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 servicebusiness. 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
Senior Managing Director
J. Robison Hays J. Robison Hays, III is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) and the Senior Managing Director of Ashford (NYSE American: AINC). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Ashford Trust.

Mr. Hays has nearly two decades of business experience operating and growing companies, including 15 years of real estate experience. Previously, he served as Chief Strategy Officer for Ashford, Ashford Trust and Braemar Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: BHR). He also served as Co-President for Ashford. Prior to these roles he served as Senior Vice President Corporate Finance & Strategy for Ashford Trust and Braemar Hotels & Resorts.

During his tenure at Ashford, Mr. Hays has been responsible for leading the execution of key strategic and operating initiatives. He has overseen financial analyses related to mergers, 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 efforts. Mr. Hays is a frequent speaker at industry and Wall Street investor conferences.

Prior to joining Ashford, 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 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
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 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.
Dinesh P. Chandiramani
Dinesh P. Chandiramani has served on the Board since November 2014 and currently serves as chair of our Audit Committee. Mr. Chandiramani is the Senior Vice President, Franchise Sales and Development, Americas for Radisson Hotel Group and Founder of Partner at America TMC. Mr. Chandiramani served from 2008 till 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Hyphen Construction Group, a national general contracting firm specializing in the hospitality industry. Prior to joining Hyphen Construction Group, Mr. Chandiramani worked at Response Remediation Service Company, a remediation and restoration contracting company, from 2002 to 2008.

He has demonstrated his commitment to boardroom excellence by completing NACD’s comprehensive program of study for corporate directors. Mr. Chandiramani attended Texas Tech University. He supplements his skill sets through ongoing engagement with the director community and access to leading practices, which are beneficial to his service on the Board. In addition, Mr. Chandiramani brings his experience with, and knowledge of, the Company and its operations gained as a director of the Company since November 2014 to his role as a director of the Company.
Darrell T. Hail
Darrell T. Hail has served on the Board since November 2014. Mr. Hail is the President of Womens A.R.C., LLC and served as a producer at Hotchkiss Insurance Agency, a Texas-based insurance agency, from 2011 through 2018. Prior to joining Hotchkiss Insurance Agency, Mr. Hail served as a producer at USI, an insurance brokering and consulting agency, from 2005 to 2011 and at Summit Global Partners, a Dallas-based insurance agency from 2002 to 2005. From 1995 through 2002, Mr. Hail served as the manager and owner of Westlake Golf in The Hills, a retail golf operation in Austin, Texas. Mr. Hail earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988.

Mr. Hail brings significant business experience, including the design and implementation of complex insurance programs for clients in various industries, to the Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Hail brings his experience with, and knowledge of, the Company and its operations gained as a director of the Company since November 2014 to his role as a director of the Company.
Uno Immanivong
Ms. Immanivong is the Chef and Owner of Red Stix. Her role as a chef and owner include the day-to-day management, training, budgeting, sales forecasting, creation and promotion of special events, inventory management, payroll and compensation incentives, media development and coordination, and operational and financial analysis and growth planning.

From March 2005 to September 2013, Ms. Immanivong was a Regional Sales and Support Consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. From 1998 until 2005, Ms. Immanivong held various positions at Citibank, including mortgage loan underwriter and mortgage cross-sell product manager.
Brian Wheeler
LEAD DIRECTOR
Brian Wheeler has served on our Board of Directors since November 2014. Mr. Wheeler has served as a marketing and communications strategist at Visible Dialogue, a boutique marketing and communications consultancy firm, since July 2010 and as a member of the Board of Directors of Visible Dialogue since May 2011. Mr. Wheeler has also served as an executive coach and principal at Evolution, a coaching and mentoring program for executives, since July 2012 and as the director-print management, director-digital operations and CTO of Nieman Printing, Inc., one of the largest wholesale facilities in the Southwest United States, since January 1998.

Mr. Wheeler brings more than 15 years of experience delivering print management and marketing and communication solutions, as well as 10 years of experience driving brand development and growth strategies, to our Board of Directors.
W. Michael Murphy
Mr. Murphy is the Head of Lodging and Leisure Capital Markets of the First Fidelity Mortgage Corporation, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Murphy served as a member of Braemar Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015 and served on the Board of Directors of Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. from August 2003 until the completion of the spin-off on November 19, 2013. He also serves as a director of American Hotel Income Properties REIT LP, which is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, is the President of the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance and is on the Advisory Board of Radical Innovations. From 1998 to 2002 Mr. Murphy served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of ResortQuest International, Inc., a public, NYSE-listed company. Prior to joining ResortQuest, from 1995 to 1997, he was President of Footprints International, a company involved in the planning and development of environmentally friendly hotel properties. From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Murphy was a Senior Managing Director of Geller & Co., a Chicago-based hotel advisory and asset management firm. Prior to that, Mr. Murphy was a partner in the investment firm of Metric Partners where he was responsible for all hospitality related real estate matters including acquisitions, sales and the company's investment banking platform. Mr. Murphy served in various development roles at Holiday Inns, Inc. from 1973 to 1980. Mr. Murphy has been Co-Chairman of the Industry Real Estate Finance Advisory Council (IREFAC) four times. Mr. Murphy is a member of the Hotel Development Council of the Urban Land Institute.
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