James R. Abrahamson

, Independent Chair James R. Abrahamson

  • Serves as an independent director of BrightView Holdings Inc. (NYSE: BV), the largest provider of commercial landscape design and maintenance services in the United States, since 2015 and served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer from June through September 2023.

  • Served as Board Chair of Interstate Hotels & Resorts (“Interstate”) from October 2016, the leading global hotel management company, until the sale of Interstate to Aimbridge Hospitality in October 2019. Previously served as Interstate’s Chief Executive Officer from 2011 to March 2017.

  • Served as an independent director of CorePoint Lodging Inc., a leading mid-scale REIT comprised of over 100 hotels, from its launch in 2018 until its sale to a joint venture between affiliates of Highgate Hotels, L.P. and Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. in March 2022; as independent director at LaQuinta Holdings (NYSE: LQ) from 2015 until its sale in 2018; and as an executive director of the Board of Directors of Intercontinental Hotels Group (LON: IHG) in 2010 and 2011.

  • Previously held senior leadership positions with InterContinental Hotels Group (LON: IHG), Hyatt Corporation (NYSE: H), Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) and Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) and served as President of the Marriott International National Association owners’ organization in 2017 and 2018; as Board Chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association in 2015 and 2016; and as Board Chair of the U.S. Travel Association in 2013 and 2014.

  • Holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.


Mr. Abrahamson’s vast experience in, and knowledge of, the hospitality industry provides our Board of Directors with valuable insight into the industry. Skills gained from extensive previous and current board service in public and private companies are also valuable for our Company and our Board of Directors.