Glade M. Knight
Mr. Knight is the founder and has served as Executive Chairman of the Company since May 15, 2014, and previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since its inception. Mr. Knight was also the founder of Apple REIT Ten, Inc. and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from its inception until its merger with the Company in September 2016. Mr. Knight was also the founder of Apple REIT Seven, Inc. and Apple REIT Eight, Inc. and served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of those companies from their inception until their mergers with the Company were completed in March 2014. In addition, Mr. Knight was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Apple REIT Six, Inc. from 2004 until the company merged with an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII in May 2013. Mr. Knight served in the same capacity for Apple Hospitality Five, Inc. from 2002 until the company was sold to Inland American Real Estate Trust, Inc. in October 2007, and Apple Hospitality Two, Inc. from 2001 until it was sold to an affiliate of ING Clarion in May 2007. In addition, Mr. Knight served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Realty Income Trust, Inc. from 1993 until it merged with a subsidiary of Colonial Properties Trust in 2005. Following the merger in 2005 until April 2011, Mr. Knight served as a trustee of Colonial Properties Trust. Cornerstone Realty Income Trust, Inc. owned and operated apartment communities in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas. Mr. Knight is a partner and Chief Executive Officer of Energy 11 GP, LLC, the general partner of Energy 11, L.P., and Energy Resources 12 GP, LLC, the general partner of Energy Resources 12, L.P., partnerships focused on investments in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Knight is the founding Chairman of Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia. He also is a member of the Advisory Board to the Graduate School of Real Estate and Urban Land Development at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, he serves on the National Advisory Council for Brigham Young University and is a founding member of the University’s Entrepreneurial Department of the Graduate School of Business Management. Mr. Knight has been a member of the Company’s Board and has served as the Chair of the Company’s Executive Committee since 2007.