Howard A. Silver
Howard A. Silver has been a member of our board of directors since February 2015. Mr. Silver retired in 2007 as the chief executive officer and president of Equity Inns, a position he held since 1998. Equity Inns is a former New York Stock Exchange listed company and hotel real estate investment trust focused on the upscale, extended-stay, all suite and midscale limited-service segments of the hotel industry, until its sale to Whitehall Global Real Estate Funds in October 2007. Mr. Silver also served as the executive vice-president of finance, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Equity Inns from 1994 to 2004. Prior to his tenure at Equity Inns, Mr. Silver spent 13 years in the auditing field with both Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Silver currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Education Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:EDR), a publicly listed collegiate housing REIT, a position he has held since 2012. Since January 2014, he has served as a member of the board of directors of Landmark Apartment Trust of America, Inc., a multifamily real estate company that is a publicly registered, non-traded REIT. From its inception in 2004 through the sale of the company in 2012, Mr. Silver was a member of the board of directors of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., (NASDAQ:WOLF), a publicly listed family entertainment resort company. He also served as a member of the board of directors of CapLease, Inc., (NYSE:LSE), a publicly listed net lease REIT, from its inception in 2004 through the sale of the company in November 2013. Mr. Silver graduated cum laude from the University of Memphis with a B.B.A. in Accounting and was designated a Certified Public Accountant in 1980. We believe Mr. Silver’s expertise in the REIT industry, financial acumen and accounting background are a significant value to our board of directors.