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Executive Officers
William H. Armstrong III
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1998 to present. President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the company from 1996 to 1998. Director of Moody National REIT II, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust, since September 2017. Director of Moody National REIT I, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust, from September 2008 until September 2017. Active member of the Finance Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the Urban Land Institute and the Real Estate Council of Austin. Holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Colorado.

Mr. Armstrong’s 30-year career in real estate and over 25 years of leadership experience with the company make him highly qualified to lead our board of directors. He has been employed by the company since its inception in 1992, and has served as President since August 1996, Chief Executive Officer since May 1998 and Chairman of the Board since August 1998. He has built a highly regarded reputation in the real estate industry and has deep experience in and understanding of the Austin, Texas area, where most of our assets are located. He has long-standing established relationships with tenants, lenders, regulators, community stakeholder groups, the City of Austin and the State of Texas. Mr. Armstrong’s strong leadership skills and comprehensive understanding of the company and its management, operations and financial requirements make him highly qualified to guide the company’s business strategy.

Erin D. Pickens
Ms. Pickens has served as our Senior Vice President since May 2009 and as our Chief Financial Officer since June 2009. Ms. Pickens previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tarragon Corporation from November 1998 until April 2009, and as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer from September 1996 until November 1998 and Accounting Manager from June 1995 until August 1996 for Tarragon and its predecessors.
Directors
Kate B. Henriksen
Co-Chief Investment Officer of RLJ Lodging Trust (“RLJ”), a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns primarily premium-branded, high-margin, focused-service and compact full-service hotels. Senior Vice President Investment & Portfolio Analysis of RLJ from 2007 to February 2019. Prior to joining RLJ in 2002, Ms. Henriksen was Director of Development Planning and Feasibility at Marriott International. Ms. Henriksen received her B.S. from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, with a concentration in real estate and property asset management.

Ms. Henriksen’s extensive experience in the areas of real estate investing, asset management, real estate investment trust (REIT) operations, investor relations, and executive leadership makes her highly qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors. Since joining RLJ, Ms. Henriksen has overseen the underwriting on completed transactions totaling $8.0 billion, including the merger with FelCor Lodging Trust in 2017, and she has been actively involved in RLJ’s capital recycling program, marketing for sale approximately $3.5 billion in sold assets. Her roles at RLJ, where she has been responsible for overseeing RLJ’s portfolio management function, which included tracking the performance of the company’s investment portfolios, assisting with capital raising efforts and managing relationships with investors in RLJ’s investment funds, allow her to provide valuable guidance and leadership regarding the company’s strategy.
James E. Joseph
Dean of the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College from 2014 to present and Executive-in-Residence from 2012 to 2014. President and Chief Executive Officer of Oneida Ltd., one of the world’s largest designers, marketers, and distributors of housewares products, from 2007 to 2012. President of Oneida from 2006 to 2007. Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing of Oneida from 2005 to 2006. Senior Vice President, Food Service of Oneida from 2000 to 2005. Senior Vice President, International Operations of Oneida from 1995 to 2000. Inducted as an honorary member of the Cornell Hotel Society at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 2010. Fellow at the Culinary Institute of America from 2009 through 2012. Member of the Board of Directors of The Oneida Group, formerly known as EveryWare Global, Inc., a previously publicly-traded company and the parent company of Oneida Ltd., from 2012 to 2013. Holds an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.S. in Accounting from Le Moyne College.

Mr. Joseph has over 25 years of experience in the consumer products, hospitality and entertainment industries, including experience as a chief executive officer, making him highly qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors. His leadership role in the dramatic turnaround of Oneida, which regained significant profitability and significantly reduced debt during Mr. Joseph’s tenure as president and chief executive officer, allows Mr. Joseph to provide valuable guidance regarding the company’s business strategy.

James C. Leslie
Managing Principal of Wolverine Interests LLC, a commercial real estate investment firm, since 2001. Member of the board of directors of Dougherty’s Pharmacy, Inc. (formerly Ascendant Solutions, Inc.), a company focused on the acquisition, management and growth of community-based pharmacies in the southwest region, since 2002, Chairman of the board of directors from 2002 until June 2019, and Interim President and Chief Financial Officer from 2018 until February 2019. President of Leslie Enterprises, L.P., a private equity firm, since 2001. President of JamJen, Inc., a services company, since 2001. Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to 2015 and director from 2002 to 2012 of Cresa Partners, LLC, a national tenant representation and real estate advisory services firm. Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Staubach Company, a commercial real estate services firm, from 1996 to 2001. President of Staubach Financial Services from 1992 to 1996. Chief Financial Officer of The Staubach Company from 1982 to 1992. Holds an M.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska.

Mr. Leslie’s over 35 years of leadership experience in the real estate industry make him highly qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors and to lead our compensation committee. His investment and development experience as well as his extensive management experience acquired as president and chief operating officer of a commercial real estate services firm provide him with vast knowledge of financial, accounting, regulatory and administrative matters, particularly in the real estate industry. Mr. Leslie has also been involved with entrepreneurs and emerging companies consistently during his career and has been instrumental in the creation of over fifty companies. Through his significant business experience, he provides valuable insights with respect to strategies and solutions addressed at the board level.
Michael D. Madden
Managing Partner and co-founder of BlackEagle Partners, LLC (formerly Centurion Capital Partners LLC), a private equity firm, since April 2005. Chairman of the Board of Hanover Advisors L.L.C., investment bankers, since 1995. Director of US LBM Holdings, Inc. since April 2017. Partner of Questor Management Co., a private equity firm, from 1999 to 2005. Partner at Beacon Group Holdings, a merchant bank, from 1996 to 1999. Vice Chairman of Paine Webber Inc. from 1994 to 1995. Executive Vice President and Chief Origination Officer during 1994, and Executive Managing Director and Head of Global Business Development at Kidder Peabody & Co. from 1993 to 1994. Holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from LeMoyne College.

Mr. Madden has been an investment banker for more than 30 years and in that role has advised multiple public and private companies, making him a valuable member of our board of directors. Mr. Madden has extensive knowledge of capital markets and finance, which is invaluable to our board’s planning for the company’s capital and liquidity needs. His business experience allows him to provide strategic insight in the areas of finance and accounting and positions him well to serve as our lead independent director, chair of our audit committee and nominating and corporate governance committee and as a member of our compensation committee.

Charles W. Porter
Chief Operating Officer of MG Holdings Services, LLC, a private asset management company, from 2014 to present. Advisor and Consultant to Moffett Holdings, L.L.C., a private, closely-held family company, from August 2008 to present. General Manager of Sheraton Steamboat Resort, managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., from 1989 to 2008. Holds a Certified Hotel Administrator certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institution.

Mr. Porter’s over 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, as well as experience in conceptualizing and planning two residential single-family developments and a condominium tower through entitlements, financing, construction, documentation and sales, provide him with a wealth of knowledge regarding real estate operations and make him highly qualified to serve on our board of directors and as a member of each of our audit and nominating and corporate governance committees.

Mr. Porter is the designated director of LCHM Holdings, LLC pursuant to the Investor Rights Agreement dated March 15, 2012.
Neville L. Rhone
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Arc Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based real estate operating company that acquires and repositions urban properties, from 2013 to present. Managing Director and member of the investment committee of Canyon Partners Real Estate (“Canyon”), a real estate investment company, from 2005 to 2013. Vice President at Morgan Stanley from 2000 to 2004. Active member of the Urban Land Institute and the Pension Real Estate Association. Holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) from Cornell University.

Mr. Rhone’s over 27 years’ experience in the areas of real estate development, finance, investments, operations, entrepreneurship and executive leadership make him highly qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors. His current role at Arc, an institutional quality, minority-owned firm dedicated to corporate responsibility, where he specializes in creating walkable, urban mixed-use environments, and his roles at Canyon, where he led acquisitions in Texas, and Morgan Stanley, where he focused on investment banking and real estate, allow him to provide valuable guidance and leadership regarding the company’s strategy.