Management

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Ross H. Bierkan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ross 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 Gr... 

Robert L. Johnson
Founder and Chairman
Robert L. Johnson
Founder and Chairman


Robert L. Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies, an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies in hotel real estate investment, private equity, financial services, asset management, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. In July 2007, Johnson was named by USA Today as one of the 25 most influential business leaders of the past 25 years.

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Leslie D. Hale
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Leslie D. Hale
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer


Leslie Hale has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2007, Executive Vice President of Real Estate & Finance since 2013 and Chief Operating Officer since 2016. Ms. Hale is responsible for all financial matters and daily operations across RLJ. She is intricately involved in the company’s investment decision-making and long-term strategic planning. In addition, Ms. Hale oversees the execution of all asset and corporate level transactions, investor relations, and the management of the Company... 

Jeffrey Dauray
Senior Vice President, Acquisition
Jeffrey Dauray
Senior Vice President, Acquisition


Jeff Dauray joined RLJ Development as a senior team member in February 2009 as Vice President of Acquisitions.  He rapidly established himself with the team after having sourced and negotiated over $500 Million of compliant investments for RLJ Real Estate Fund III during a constrained market cycle.  RLJ Real Estate Fund III became a fully-invested $1.2 Billion private equity fund that was included in the May 2011 roll-up and IPO of RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE:"RLJ").

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Christopher A. Gormsen
Chief Accounting Officer
Christopher A. Gormsen
Chief Accounting Officer


As Chief Accounting Officer, Chris Gormsen is responsible for managing the Company’s accounting and financial reporting functions. Prior to joining RLJ in 2013, Mr. Gormsen was an audit senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, primarily serving real estate and hospitality clients. Mr. Gormsen completed a rotation in PwC's National Office where he specialized in technical accounting and SEC reporting matters.

Mr. Gormsen holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Californi... 
Kate B. Henriksen
Senior Vice President of Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Kate B. Henriksen
Senior Vice President of Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management


Kate B. Henriksen, a veteran RLJ executive, is Senior Vice President of Investment and Portfolio Analysis. She is responsible for managing the underwriting process on RLJ’s potential hotel investments and for asset managing the portfolio on a strategic level. Prior to RLJ going public she was also oversaw portfolio management and her responsibilities included tracking the performance of the company’s investment portfolios, assisting with capital raising efforts and managing relationships with i... 
Carl A. Mayfield
Senior Vice President Design and Construction
Carl A. Mayfield
Senior Vice President Design and Construction


Carl A. Mayfield is responsible for providing leadership to the project management team and supervising all phases of capital projects.  He is responsible for disaster remediation, energy management/conservation strategies, physical due diligence, budgeting, scheduling, brand coordination, contracting and capital execution for all properties. He also provides leadership for all development projects from programming, planning, entitlements, budgeting, and public-private partnerships. Pr... 

Frederick D. McKalip
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Frederick D. McKalip
Senior Vice President and General Counsel


As Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Fred McKalip is responsible for managing the Company’s legal function and providing day-to-day legal support for the Company’s operations. Prior to joining RLJ in 2005, Mr. McKalip was a senior attorney with Arent Fox, PLLC, where he specialized in real estate and general corporate transactions. While at Arent Fox, he served as outside counsel to the Company from 2002 until joining the Company and, in this capacity, represented the Company in numerou... 
Susan Sloan
Vice President and Controller
Susan Sloan
Vice President and Controller


Susan Sloan joined RLJ in 2009 as Vice President and Controller. In this role, she is responsible for RLJ’s accounting operations, including financial reporting.

Prior to joining RLJ, Ms. Sloan was a Director with Navigant Consulting, where she focused on business, accounting and operational consulting. Before joining Navigant Consulting, Ms. Sloan served as the Vice President and Controller at JER Partners, a private equity real estate investment company. Previously, Ms.... 

Anita Cooke Wells
Senior Vice President, Administration and Corporate Secretary
Anita Cooke Wells
Senior Vice President, Administration and Corporate Secretary


At RLJ, Anita Cooke Wells has responsibility for human resources management, investment fund legal and governance compliance, and strategic planning. Before coming to RLJ, Ms. Wells served as Chief, Office of Business Development at the Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce. She administered the Department’s programs assisting minority entrepreneurs and developed and implemented programs to increase access to debt and equity capital for minority businesses. She worked... 
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