Raymond L. Gellein, Jr.
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.