Executive Management

HIT REIT's senior management team has over 50 years of combined experience within this investment sector.

bruce riggins
Bruce A. Riggins
President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

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Bruce A. Riggins currently serves as the President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. Prior to joining Hospitality Investors Trust, he served as chief operating officer for Skyline Investments, a Canadian investment company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange that owns hotels and resorts in the United States and Canada, from February 2018 until May 2019. Prior to that, he served as a principal at GemStar Ventures, a real estate consulting firm, from October 2016 until December 2017. From January 2011 until April 2016, he served as chief financial officer at LaSalle Hotel Properties, a New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) listed REIT that owned full-service hotels until it merged with Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in November 2018. From April 2006 to January 2011, Mr. Riggins served as chief financial officer of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a hotel management company that was publicly traded on the NYSE until 2010. From July 2005 to April 2006, Mr. Riggins was chief financial officer for Innkeepers USA Trust, a NYSE-listed REIT that owned select-service hotels until it was sold to Apollo Investment Corporation in June 2007. Prior to joining Innkeepers USA Trust, Mr. Riggins served in various financial roles at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and MeriStar Hospitality Corporation. Mr. Riggins began his career at Deloitte & Touche LLP where he worked from 1994 until 1998. Mr. Riggins received a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

Paul Hughes
Paul C. Hughes
General Counsel & Secretary

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Paul C. Hughes was appointed General Counsel and Secretary of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. in March 2017. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Counsel – Hospitality and had worked at AR Global since November 2013. Prior to joining AR Capital, the predecessor to AR Global, Mr. Hughes served as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of CapLease, Inc. (“CapLease”), a NYSE-listed REIT, from January 2005 until the consummation, in November 2013, of the merger of CapLease with and into VEREIT, a Nasdaq-listed REIT which was then externally advised by an affiliate of AR Capital. Prior to joining CapLease, Mr. Hughes was an attorney practicing in the area of corporate and securities matters at Hunton & Williams LLP from September 2000 until January 2005, and at Parker Chapin LLP from September 1997 until September 2000. Mr. Hughes is also a certified public accountant and was employed by Grant Thornton LLP from January 1989 until June 1997. Mr. Hughes earned his JD (Summa Cum Laude) from New York Law School and his B.S. from Lehigh University.

Mark Fowler
Mark Fowler
Chief Operating Officer

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Mr. Fowler currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc. Previously, Mr. Fowler served as the Company’s Senior Vice President Asset Management. Since the Company’s inception in 2013, Mr. Fowler has had oversight of all aspects of the Company’s Asset Management Program including its 100 upscale and upper midscale hotels.

Prior to joining Hospitality Investors Trust, Inc., Mr. Fowler served in various roles with Crestline Hotels & Resorts from 2007- 2013, starting as the Director of Financial Reporting and subsequently as the Vice President of Asset Management. Mr. Fowler also maintained oversight of the Crestline Insurance/Risk Management Program.

Prior to joining Crestline, Mr. Fowler served as the Director of Finance/Asset Manager for CTF Hotels & Resorts (the owner of more than 65 domestic and international full-service hotels managed by Marriott International, Inc.) and held various other corporate positions within Marriott and Renaissance Hotels.

Mr. Fowler has almost 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry.