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 serves on the Marriott Owners Advisory Council, the Residence Inn Association Board, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer and a member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Knight also serves as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Marriott School at Brigham Young University, the Board of Trustees for Southern Virginia University, the Board of Trustees for The Valentine Museum, and the Board of Directors for 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.