Bringing with him over 30 years of hospitality experience, Mr. Hayes joined White Lodging in 2011. In his current position he is responsible for White Lodging's portfolio of select service hotels. Mr. Hayes has extensive experience in managing large portfolios of hotels. Most recently he was at Hyatt Hotels for over 6 years where he held the positions of Senior Vice President in charge of Franchise Operations and Senior Vice President of Operations of the select service division of Hyatt Hotels. Mr. Hayes' numerous awards include District Director of the year while at Marcus Corporation and winning the coveted Opus Award while at Prime Hospitality. He is certified by the American Hotel & Motel Association as a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA). Mr. Hayes currently serves on the Business Advisory Council for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, which happens to be his alma mater from which he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Mr. Hayes serves on the Hyatt Place and Hyatt Summerfield Suites Owner Advisory Council, the Hilton Garden Inn Manager Advisory Council and the Purdue University Hospitality and Tourism Management Strategic Alliance Council.