Mr. La Forgia is principal of Apertor Hospitality, LLC, a national advisory and asset management services firm specializing in the hospitality and gaming industries, which he founded in August 2009. In March 2008, Mr. La Forgia joined The Atalon Group, a boutique turnaround management and advisory firm specializing in troubled real estate situations and served as Executive Vice President – Finance of certain Atalon Group subsidiaries, until July 2010. Prior to this, Mr. La Forgia held a number of leadership positions during his 26 year tenure at Hilton Hotels Corporation (currently Hilton Worldwide). Mr. La Forgia served as the Chief Financial Officer (and chief accounting officer) of Hilton Hotels Corporation from 2004 through 2008, first as a Senior Vice President and subsequently as Executive Vice President. From 1996 through 2004, he was Senior Vice President and Controller of Hilton, and prior to this, he held a number of management positions within Hilton’s corporate finance function. Mr. La Forgia received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Providence College and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. La Forgia is the chairperson of the Audit Committee and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert”. He also serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.