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Board of Directors
William J. Shaw has served as a director of the Company since July 2011 and as Chairman of our Board since November 2011. He served as Vice Chairman of Marriott International, a publicly traded international lodging and hospitality company, from May 2009 until his retirement in March 2011. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Marriott International from 1997 until May 2009. He joined Marriott International in 1974 and was named Corporate Controller in 1979 and a Corporate Vice President in 1982. In 1986, Mr. Shaw was named Senior Vice President-Finance and Treasurer of Marriott International. He became Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Marriott International in 1988. In 1992, he was named President of the Marriott Service Group. Mr. Shaw serves on the Board of Directors of Carlyle Group Management L.L.C., the general partner of The Carlyle Group, L.P. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame and the Board of Trustees of Suburban Hospital. In the past five years, Mr. Shaw served as a director of Marriott International and also served on the Board of Trustees of three funds in the American Family of Mutual Funds.
Mr. Shaw brings to the Board extensive management experience with Marriott International, his prominent status in the hospitality industry and a wealth of knowledge in dealing with financial and accounting matters as a result of his prior service in financial and accounting positions at Marriott International, including as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Shaw also has experience as a board member of publicly traded companies.
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Weisz has served as a director of the Company since November 2011, as our President since 1996 and as our Chief Executive Officer since 2011. Mr. Weisz joined Marriott International in 1972. Over his 39-year career with Marriott International, he held a number of leadership positions in the Lodging division, including Regional Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Senior Vice President of Rooms Operations, and Vice President of the Revenue Management Group. Mr. Weisz became Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Marriott Hotels, Resorts & Suites in 1992 and Executive Vice President-Lodging Brands in 1994 before being named to lead the Company in 1996. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Resort Development Association. Mr. Weisz is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Children's Miracle Network.
Mr. Weisz brings to the Board the extensive lodging and vacation ownership industry expertise he developed during his over 43 years in the industry, including 39 years with Marriott International, as well as corporate leadership experience from his service as our President since 1996 and his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Resort Development Association.
Mr. Andrews has served as a director of the Company since April 2013. Mr. Andrews has served as Chief Executive Officer of MorganFranklin Consulting, a business consulting and technology solutions company, since May 2013. From June 2009 until February 2012, Mr. Andrews was the president of RSM McGladrey Business Services, Inc., an audit and accounting services provider. Prior to that, Mr. Andrews served as the president of SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae), which originates, services and collects student loans. He joined Sallie Mae in 2003 as the Executive Vice President of Accounting and Risk Management, and held the title of Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2007. Prior to joining Sallie Mae, Mr. Andrews spent approximately 30 years at Arthur Andersen, LLP, an accounting firm. He served as managing partner for Arthur Andersen's mid-Atlantic region, and was promoted to global managing partner for audit and advisory services in 2002. Mr. Andrews serves on the boards of WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc., Washington Mutual Investors Fund, and NVR, Inc., the publicly traded parent company of home construction companies Ryan Homes, NVHomes, Heartland Homes and Fox Ridge Homes. He also serves on the Boards of Junior Achievement and The Global Good Fund.
Mr. Andrews brings to the Board, and particularly to the Audit Committee, the extensive financial and accounting expertise that he obtained over his thirty year career in public accounting, as well as through his role as Chief Financial Officer of Sallie Mae. Mr. Andrews also has experience as a board member and an officer of publicly traded companies.
Mr. Gellein has served as a director of the Company since November 2011. From November 2012 until his retirement in December 2015, he served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust ("REIT") with a portfolio of luxury hotels. From August 2010 to November 2012, he served as Strategic Hotels & Resorts' non-executive Chairman, and from August 2009 to December 2015, as a director. He served as President of the Global Development Group of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. from July 2006 through March 2008, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a subsidiary of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a publicly traded hotel and leisure company, from October 1999 to July 2006. Mr. Gellein is also Chair Emeritus of the American Resort Development Association and serves as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the Mind and Life Institute.
Based on his past roles with Strategic Hotels & Resorts and Starwood, Mr. Gellein brings to the Board vast leadership experience in the hospitality and lodging industries with a particular expertise in the vacation ownership sector. As a result of these roles, Mr. Gellein also has experience as an executive officer and board member of publicly traded companies. As a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Resort Development Association, he also has extensive knowledge of the legislative and regulatory issues related to the vacation ownership business.
Mr. Hutchison has served as a director of the Company since November 2011. Since October 2008, Mr. Hutchison has served as Chairman of Legacy Hotel Advisors, LLC and Legacy Healthcare Advisors, LLC, industry consulting firms of which he is the principal founder. From January 2000 through 2007, he served in various executive positions at CNL Financial Group, Inc., including as Chief Executive Officer of CNL Hotels & Resorts, a publicly traded REIT, and CNL Retirement, a REIT with investments in medical real estate. Mr. Hutchison is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Hersha Hospitality Trust, a publicly traded REIT, and a director of Target Healthcare REIT Ltd., a company traded on the London Stock Exchange.
Mr. Hutchison brings to the Board his over 40 years of senior leadership experience in the lodging, hospitality, travel, and real estate development and finance industries. Mr. Hutchison also has extensive business development experience and experience as a board member of publicly traded companies.
Mr. Martinez has served as a director of the Company since November 2011. He has served as Chairman of the Southeast and Latin America of JPMorgan Chase & Co., an investment and financial services company, since July 2010. Prior to that, he was a partner in the law firm DLA Piper, LLC from September 2009. Mr. Martinez served as a U.S. Senator from Florida from January 2005 through September 2009. He also served as Chairman of the Republican Party from November 2006 through October 2007, as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2001 to 2004, and as Mayor of Orange County, Florida from November 1998 to January 2001. Mr. Martinez is a director of NVR, Inc., the publicly traded parent company of home construction companies Ryan Homes, NVHomes, Heartland Homes and Fox Ridge Homes. Mr. Martinez formerly served as a director of Progress Energy, Inc.
Mr. Martinez provides our Board with the benefit of his vast experience in the public and private sector and his in-depth knowledge of and relationships within the Florida community, where our headquarters are located. The Board also benefits from his legal experience and knowledge of the legislative and regulatory processes.
LI - Lead Independent Director
Mr. McCarten has served as a director of the Company since November 2011. He has served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of DiamondRock Hospitality Company, a publicly traded lodging REIT, since January 2010. He was Executive Chairman of DiamondRock from September 2008 to December 2009. Prior to that, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DiamondRock from its inception in 2004 until September 2008. From 1979 through 2003, Mr. McCarten worked at Marriott International and companies that operated businesses that were previously part of Marriott International or its predecessors, where he held a number of executive positions, including President of the Services Group and President and Chief Executive Officer of HMSHost Corporation, a publicly traded company, and he served as a consultant to Marriott International from January 2004 to June 2004. Mr. McCarten is also a director of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., a publicly traded company.
Mr. McCarten provides the Board with the benefit of his extensive experience in the hospitality industry and capital markets, including his service as Chief Executive Officer of two publicly traded companies and as a board member of publicly traded companies. He is a former certified public accountant who has a strong familiarity with accounting and financial reporting matters.
Ms. Morgan has served as a director of the Company since April 2013. She retired in 2001 from a 30-year career with Walt Disney World Company, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, a publicly traded entertainment company, where she served most recently as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Walt Disney World Company. During her tenure at Walt Disney World Company, she oversaw the Disney Institute, a recognized leader in experiential training, leadership development, benchmarking and cultural change for business professionals around the world. She served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Florida from 2001 to 2011, and as its Chair from 2007 to 2009. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of CNL Healthcare Properties, Inc. and Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and the Board of Trustees of Hersha Hospitality Trust, a publicly traded REIT. Ms. Morgan is also Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Orlando Health and previously served as Chairman of the national board for the Children's Miracle Network. Within the last five years, she served on the Board of CNL Bancshares, Inc.
As an accomplished senior manager at Walt Disney World Company in various areas, Ms. Morgan brings to the Board best practice expertise in human capital and the customer experience. Ms. Morgan's previous experience overseeing the Disney Institute, which provides leading professional development programs, and serving as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Walt Disney World Company have provided her with extensive knowledge of leadership development programs and organizational culture. In addition, Ms. Morgan's experience as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Walt Disney World Company has provided her with a solid foundation in media relations and government relations. She also has extensive experience as a board member of publicly traded and private companies.