A seasoned finance professional, Mr. Burnell started with White Lodging in 1992 as vice president of accounting and was promoted to chief financial officer in 1993. He leads all phases of financial management and shared services including accounting, financial reporting, treasury, loan procurement, information technology, risk management, legal, human resources and administration. He serves as a key member of the executive team, responsible for the profitable growth of White Lodging from 16 to more than 160 hotels. Previously, he served as vice president, corporate accounting for Anvan Companies and senior manager for Pannell Kerr Forster. He received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Burnell is a White Lodging board member where he serves as Secretary/Treasurer. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society and serves on the Board of Directors of Horizon Bank.