Michael D. Barnello, President and CEO
On September 14, 2009, LaSalle Hotel Properties announced that Michael D. Barnello was named Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Barnello served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Acquisitions of the Company from its formation until September 14, 2009. On June 2, 2008 he was named President of LaSalle Hotel Properties and was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2008.
Mr. Barnello joined Jones Lang LaSalle in April 1995 as a Vice President. Prior to April 1995, Mr. Barnello was a Vice President with Strategic Reality Advisors, formerly known as VMS Realty Partners, where he was responsible for hotel asset management since 1990.
Concurrently, Mr. Barnello was a Vice President at Stone-Levy LLC, an affiliate of Strategic Realty Advisers, where he was responsible for hotel acquisitions. Mr. Barnello holds a B.S. in Hotel Administration from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.
Bruce A. Riggins, CFO
Bruce A. Riggins has served as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Company since January 2011. Mr. Riggins is responsible for all financial, accounting, human resources and information technology activities.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Riggins served as the Chief Financial Officer of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a hotel company that was publicly traded until 2010. From 2005 to 2006, he was Chief Financial Officer for Innkeepers USA Trust, a hotel company that was then publicly traded. Prior to joining Innkeepers USA Trust, Mr. Riggins served in various financial roles at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and MeriStar Hospitality Corporation.
Mr. Riggins received a B.S. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Alfred L. Young, COO
Alfred L. Young has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since November 3, 2009. From 2000 until mid-2007, Mr. Young worked for the Company initially as an Asset Manager and later as Vice President of Acquisitions. Since leaving the Company in 2007 and until his appointment as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Young was Managing Director – Hospitality for Caribbean Property Group, or CPG.
CPG is a diversified real estate company with a focus on investing in hotels, commercial office, and retail properties throughout Central America and the Caribbean. CPG and Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall Street Real Estate Fund run the Caribbean Real Estate Opportunity Fund that was formed to invest in the greater Caribbean region and Central America. Mr. Young received an MBA from George Mason University and a B.S. from Shepherd University.