Thomas R. Engel


Mr. Engel joined our board of directors as an independent director in August, 2016. Mr. Engel has
served as the President of T.R. ENGEL Group, LLC, since May 1998, a Boston-based, entrepreneurial hotel advisory and asset management firm. Mr. Engel is actively engaged as a hotel advisor and asset manager across three continents, working on the toughest and most sophisticated of client lodging assignments. Prior to forming T.R. Engel, Thomas Engel spent eight (8) years as Executive Vice President, Equitable Real Estate Investment Management Inc., (Equitable/AXA) where he founded, then managed its $1.8 billion global Lodging and Leisure Group. Earlier he created/co-founded three lodging brands —
Embassy Suites, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham hotels. Mr. Engel has also served as a director of Eagle Hospitality Properties Trust (Formerly NYSE: EHP).

Mr. Engel entered the lodging business following an earlier career in brand management at Unilever
and Revlon, Inc., New York City. Engel graduated from the University of St. Thomas and Northwestern University. He is an adjunct professor, Chairman, Advisory Board, Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration, Member of American Hotel & Lodging Associations Investment and Management Committees. Veteran of the United States Marine Corps Air Corps.

Mr. Engel was selected to serve as a director because of his extensive experience in the hospitality
brands industry, prior board experience and leadership skills in the oversight of hospitality assets, all of which are expected to bring valuable insight to the board of directors.