Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Kristian “Krissy” Gathright has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Company since its inception. In addition, Mrs. Gathright served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Apple REIT Ten, Inc. from its inception until its merger with the Company in September 2016. She also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Apple REIT Seven, Inc. and Apple REIT Eight, Inc. until their mergers with the Company were completed in March 2014. Mrs. Gathright served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations for Apple Hospitality Two, Inc. until it was sold to an affiliate of ING Clarion in May 2007. Mrs. Gathright also served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Apple Hospitality Five, Inc. until it was sold to Inland American Real Estate Trust, Inc. in October 2007. She served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Apple REIT Six, Inc. until it merged with an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII in May 2013. Prior to managing these companies, Mrs. Gathright served as Assistant Vice President and Investor Relations Manager for Cornerstone Realty Income Trust, a REIT that owned and operated apartment communities in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas. From 1996 to 1998, she was an Asset Manager and Regional Controller of the Northern Region Operations for United Dominion Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust. From 1994 to 1996, she served as a Senior Staff Accountant at Ernst & Young LLP. Mrs. Gathright serves as President of the Courtyard Franchise Advisory Council, on both the Marriott and Hilton Distribution Advisory Councils, and as a member of the American Hotel and Lodging Association Board of Directors. She serves on the Executive Committee for the boards of both the YMCA of Greater Richmond and the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Community Foundation Board of Directors, St. Christopher’s School Board of Governors, the Maymont Foundation Board of Directors, the Richmond BB&T Advisory Board and the NextUp Board of Managers. Mrs. Gathright holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Graduate with Distinction, in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Mrs. Gathright passed the Virginia CPA Exam in 1994.