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Biography PhotoRoss H. Bierkan
President and Chief Executive Officer

Ross H. Bierkan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Lodging Trust. Since the launch of RLJ as a private entity in December of 2000, Mr. Bierkan has overseen approximately $5.0 billion of real estate acquisitions. Prior to joining RLJ, Mr. Bierkan was an original member of The Plasencia Group (“TPG”), helping to build TPG into a top-tier hospitality transaction and consulting services firm. Preceding that, Mr. Bierkan spent five years in commercial real estate brokerage with Grubb & Ellis Real Estate, coordinating the asset disposition and leasing requirements for several regional and national companies. Prior to his real estate endeavors, Mr. Bierkan also spent six years with Guest Quarters Hotels in a variety of major markets, from 1982 to 1988. His efforts on behalf of the pioneering all-suite brand (now Doubletree Guest Suites) included management positions in a variety of sales and operational functions.

Mr. Bierkan graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and is married with two sons. He is a member of the ULI Hotel Development Council and of the franchise advisory councils of SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Hyatt House (formerly Summerfield Suites) by Hyatt.

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