Mr. Keating has spent a large part of his career working as a senior executive in the commercial real estate development industry, and was involved in major projects such as the development of the World Financial Center in New York and Canary Wharf in London. While with Warburg Pincus Equity Partners for seven years, Mr. Keating oversaw numerous strategic real estate-related transactions, including the creation and capitalization of a public Real Estate Investment Trust for which he served as a director. Mr. Keating has served as both a Chief Executive Officer and a Chief Financial Officer of publicly-held companies and has served on the boards of directors of numerous privately and publicly-held companies. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of three other publicly-held companies, API Technologies, (NASDAQ), CROWN CRAFTS, INC. (NASDAQ: CRWS) and Bitstream, Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS).
Mr. Brandstrom has been a director since November 2009. Mr. Brandstrom has been an advisor to Emeritus Corporation since December 2009. From September 2007 to December 2009, he served as its Executive Vice President—Finance, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Brandstrom, one of Emeritus's founders, has served as a director since Emeritus' inception in 1993 and currently serves as its Vice Chairman. From 1993 to March 1999, Mr. Brandstrom also served as Emeritus' President and Chief Operating Officer. In March 2000, Mr. Brandstrom was elected Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Emeritus. From May 1992 to October 1996, Mr. Brandstrom served as President of Columbia Pacific Group, Inc. and Columbia Pacific Management, Inc. From May 1992 to May 1997, Mr. Brandstrom served as Vice President and Treasurer of Columbia Winery, a company that is engaged in the production and sale of table wines.
Mr. Davis has been a director since May 2005. He currently is the Chief Executive Officer of Providence Strategic Ventures, a new division of Providence Health and Services, the sixth largest Catholic health system in the Unites States. From 1998 to 2007, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Providence Health Care and from 1996 to 1998 as Chief Executive Officer of Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Davis was Senior Vice President for the Hunter Group, a hospital management firm specializing in healthcare consulting and management nationally. From 1988 to 1993, he was Chairman and CEO of Synergos Neurological Centers, Inc., in Santa Ana and Sacramento, California. From 1987 to 1988, he was President of Diversified Health Group, Inc., of Sacramento. From 1982 to 1987, he worked for American Health Group International as President and CEO of Amerimed in Burbank, California, and as Executive Vice President of Operations. From 1981 to 1982, he worked for Hospital Affiliates International, as Group Vice President in Sacramento, and as CEO of Winona Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1972 to 1975, he was Associate Administrator of San Jose Hospital and Health Care Center in San Jose, California and from 1968 to 1971, Assistant Administrator of Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California. He has done numerous private business ventures related to healthcare. Mr. Davis is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and has published articles in "Modern Healthcare," "Health Week," and other business publications regarding healthcare issues and perspectives. Mr. Davis is currently on the Board and is Chair of the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, on the Boy Scouts of America Inland Northwest Council Board, and a member of the Washington State University Advisory Council.
Mr. Evans was appointed a director in December 2012. He brings nearly 40 years of hospitality, hotel and brand management expertise to the Red Lion Hotels Board. Most recently, Evans served as the Chief Executive Officer of Brand USA, the nation's first public-private global marketing effort to promote the U.S. as the world's premier travel destination. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of each of the following companies: Ardent Hotel Advisors, Jenny Craig International and Best Western International. He has also held executive management positions in operations for DoubleTree Hotel Corporation and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.
Mr. Johnson was appointed a director in December 2012. He brings nearly 30 years of executive management experience to the Red Lion Hotels Board, and joins the company's Board following an eight year tenure as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. From 1991 to 1996, Johnson served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Red Lion Hotels, Inc. Earlier in his career, Johnson served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Dillingham Holdings and President and Chief Executive Officer of Cal Gas Corporation.
Mr. Taylor has been a director since April 1998. Mr. Taylor is President of Tamarack Bay, LLC, a private consulting firm and is currently a director of two other public companies, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (a pharmaceutical manufacturer) and ResMed, Inc. (a manufacturer of equipment relating to the management of sleep-disordered breathing). At Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Mr. Taylor is a member of the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees and is Chairman of the Compensation Committee. At ResMed, Inc., he is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees and Chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Taylor is also Chairman of the Board of three privately held companies. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Taylor was a general partner of Enterprise Partners, a venture capital firm. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Taylor worked as an independent business consultant. From 1987 to 1996, Mr. Taylor was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pyxis Corporation (a health care service provider), which he founded in 1987. Prior to founding Pyxis, he was an executive with both Allergan Pharmaceuticals and Hybritech, Inc.
Mr. Vernon was appointed a director in December 2012. He brings more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in corporate finance, M&A, investor communications, and strategic development to the Red Lion Hotels Board. Most recently, Vernon was the Chief Financial Officer for Zulily, Inc. Before Zulily, Vernon held the Chief Financial Officer role at three public and private companies: Big Fish Games, Inc, Zumobi, Inc, and aQuantive, Inc. Prior to these roles Vernon was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Park Plaza International, where he helped the company transform from a franchisor into a manager of high-end hotels, and from 1995 to 1997 Vernon was the Chief Financial Officer of Red Lion Hotels, Inc. Prior to this, he held the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Port of Sacramento. Vernon's first role in executive management was as the Chief Financial Officer for Cal Gas Corporation.
Mr. Wolfe was appointed a director in December 2012. He joins the Red Lion Hotels Board with more than 30 years of experience in investment banking, finance and investment management. Since 2008, Wolfe has been the principal of Windy Point, LLC, a private investment and strategic consulting firm. From 2002 to 2008, Wolfe was a partner at Northwest Venture Associates (NWVA), a venture capital fund that invested exclusively in companies based in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to his time at NWVA, Wolfe was President and Chief Operating Officer of Toronto-based GT Group Telecom, which was Canada's largest independent local exchange carrier.
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