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Gathright

Kristian Gathright

BREAKOUT SESSION: MINORITY LEADERSHIP GAP IN HOSPITALITY


Executive Vice President & COO
Apple Hospitality REIT

Gathright has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Company since its inception. In addition, Gathright has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Apple REIT Ten since its inception. She also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Apple REIT Seven, Inc. and Apple REIT Eight, Inc. from their inception until the mergers were completed in March 2014. Gathright served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations for Apple Hospitality Two from its inception until it was sold to an affiliate of ING Clarion in May 2007. Gathright also served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Apple Hospitality Five, Inc. from its inception until it was sold to Inland American Real Estate Trust, Inc. in October 2007. She served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Apple REIT Six from its inception until it merged into an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII in May 2013. Prior to managing these companies, Gathright served as Assistant Vice President and Investor Relations Manager for Cornerstone Realty Income Trust, a REIT that owned and operated apartment communities in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas. From 1996 to 1998, she was an Asset Manager and Regional Controller of the Northern Region Operations for United Dominion Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust. From 1994 to 1996, she served as a Senior Staff Accountant at Ernst & Young LLP. Gathright serves as President of the Courtyard Franchise Advisory Council and is a member of the Consumer Innovation Forum, an AH&LA committee. She serves as a board member with the YMCA of Greater Richmond and the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Gathright holds a bachelor's degree with distinction in accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va. Gathright passed the Virginia CPA Exam in 1994.