Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Karen (“K.C.”) Gallagher joined the Apple REIT Companies in 2003 and has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Company since April 2020. Ms. Gallagher previously served as Senior Vice President of Asset Management for the Company since January 2012 and has held various management and senior management positions with the Apple REIT Companies since 2005. Ms. Gallagher’s leadership of the asset management team has been instrumental in fostering relationships with brand and management company teams and developing the Company’s analytical and benchmarking of property-level performance methodology, each helping to maximize profitability. Prior to joining the Apple REIT Companies, from 2000 to 2003, Ms. Gallagher served as Senior Assurance Associate with Ernst & Young, LLP, where she specialized in real estate clients. Within the industry, Ms. Gallagher serves as a member of the Hampton by Hilton Ownership Advisory Council, as well as the Global Finance Committee for the lodging industry sponsored by the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals and American Hotel & Lodging Association. Ms. Gallagher holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and a second major in Economics from the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. Ms. Gallagher is a Certified Public Accountant.