President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Knight has served as President of the Company since its inception and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company in May 2014. Mr. Knight also served as President of Apple REIT Ten, Inc. from its inception until its merger with the Company in September 2016. In addition, Mr. Knight served as President of Apple REIT Seven, Inc. and Apple REIT Eight, Inc. until their mergers with the Company were completed in March 2014. Mr. Knight also served as President of Apple Hospitality Two, Inc. until it was sold to an affiliate of ING Clarion in May 2007, as President of Apple Hospitality Five, Inc. until it was sold to Inland American Real Estate Trust, Inc. in October 2007, and as President of Apple REIT Six, Inc. until it merged with an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII in May 2013. Mr. Knight joined the Apple REIT Companies in 2000. Mr. Knight currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia. Mr. Knight serves on the Marriott Owners Advisory Council, the Residence Inn Association Board, the American Hotel and Lodging Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee of such board and is the Co-chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association Owners Council. Mr. Knight is also a member of the National Advisory Council for the Marriott School at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He is a board member for the Valentine Museum and Venture Richmond. Mr. Knight holds a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Corporate Strategy and Finance from the Marriott School at Brigham Young University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, in Political Science from Brigham Young University. Mr. Knight has been a member of the Company’s Board of Directors since January 1, 2015. Mr. Knight currently serves on the Company’s Executive Committee.