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Biography PhotoRoss H. Bierkan
President and Chief Executive Officer

Ross H. Bierkan is President and Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Lodging Trust, and serves on the Board of Directors. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership through working with the Board and management to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies. Prior to this position, Mr. Bierkan served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at RLJ. Since the launch of RLJ as a private entity in December of 2000, Mr. Bierkan has overseen the acquisition of over 300 hotels, on the RLJ balance sheet, across three institutional fund platforms, and as a public company, at an aggregate value of over $8.0 billion. 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 IREFAC, the Executive Committee and Owners Advisory Board of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the franchise advisory councils of Hyatt House by Hyatt and SpringHill Suites by Marriott where he serves as President; and is a former member of the ULI Hotel Development Council.

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