Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) is a leading lodging and hospitality real estate investment trust that specializes in upscale convention center resorts and country music entertainment experiences. The Company’s core holdings include a network of five of the top 10 largest non-gaming convention center hotels in the United States based on total indoor meeting space. These convention center resorts operate under the Gaylord Hotels brand and are managed by Marriott International. The Company also owns two adjacent ancillary hotels and a small number of attractions managed by Marriott International for a combined total of 10,412 rooms and more than 2.8 million square feet of total indoor and outdoor meeting space in top convention and leisure destinations across the country. The Company’s Entertainment segment includes a growing collection of iconic and emerging country music brands, including the Grand Ole Opry; Ryman Auditorium; WSM 650 AM; Ole Red and Circle, a country lifestyle media network the Company owns in a joint venture with Gray Television. The Company operates its Entertainment segment as part of a taxable REIT subsidiary.
Founder and CEO, EQ Partners
Founder and CEO, EQ Partners, a private consulting firm. Ms. Bhasin serves as an independent director of Shutterstock, Inc. since August 2019 and as an independent director of Singapore-based PropertyGuru Group since August 2021. Ms. Bhasin previously served as Chief Business Officer, Magic Leap, Inc., a digital technology company, from 2015 to 2019. Prior to such time, Ms. Bhasin was Senior Vice-President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at media company SiriusXM Radio, a position she had held since 2010. From 2007 until 2010 Ms. Bhasin was General Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Personalization at technology company Dell, Inc., and from 2004 to 2007 she served as Vice President of Business Development at the media company EMI Music, North America. Ms. Bhasin’s experience in the technology, media and entertainment industries provide her with a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by our Entertainment business segment.
Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, Meta Platforms, Inc., (formerly Facebook, Inc.)
Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly Facebook, Inc.) since January 2020. Mr. Bowles served as Facebook’s Head of Global Publisher Sales and Operations from October 2015 to January 2020. Mr. Bowles previously served as: CEO of media company GrabMedia, March 2011 to September 2015; SVP, Integrated Marketing & Brand Solutions, of media company BET, April 2007 to December 2010; Vice President Sales, Publisher, AOL Black Voices, of media and technology company AOL, April 2005 to April 2007; Vice President, Global Media Group, of entertainment company Time Warner Inc., January 2004 to April 2005. Mr. Bowles brings operating experience in large, complex organizations as a result of his service as a senior executive of public and private companies. Mr. Bowles’ experience at digital media and technology companies provides him with a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by our Entertainment business segment.
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., a consumer products company, February 2015 to October 2021; President and Chief Operating Officer, Sally Beauty, June 2014 to February 2015; President of Kimberly-Clark International, a subsidiary of consumer products company Kimberly-Clark Corporation, May 2012 to February 2014; President of Kimberly-Clark Professional, a Kimberly-Clark subsidiary, August 2010 to May 2012; Chief Strategy Officer of Kimberly-Clark, 2008 to 2010. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Brickman was a Principal in the Dallas, Texas office of McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. Mr. Brickman’s experience as a chief executive officer of a public company and as a senior officer of a large multi-national corporation brings managerial and operational experience.
President, Ryman Hospitality Properties
Our President since March 2022; our President and Chief Financial Officer from March 2015 to March 2022; our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, June 2009 to March 2015; our Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, June 2007 to March 2015; our Executive Vice President and President of our ResortQuest International subsidiary from March 2004 to June 2007; our Senior Vice President of Marketing, August 2002 to March 2004. Prior to joining us, Mr. Fioravanti served in a variety of roles with gaming company Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
Director, asset management firm Ariel Investments, LLC, since March 2021. Director, Warner Bros. Discovery, media company, since April 2022. Mr. Merchant has served as a Private Consultant, since September 2020, and Mr. Merchant served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Tanium, a privately held endpoint security and systems management company, from June 2019 to September 2020. Mr. Merchant has served as a Private Consultant, since September 2020; Co-Chief Executive Officer of Tanium, a privately-held endpoint security and systems management company, from June 2020. From May 2017 to June 2019, Mr. Merchant served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Tanium. Previously, Mr. Merchant was an independent consultant to WndrCo, a new media and technology company, and before that, he served as Chief Financial Officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG. Mr. Merchant has also served in a variety of roles with DirecTV, Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays Capital and Ford Motor Company. Mr. Merchant’s extensive technology and media and entertainment industry experience offers a unique perspective as the Company continues to develop its media and entertainment business.
Executive Vice President, North America Retail, Carter's Inc.
Executive Vice President, North America Retail, Carter’s Inc., since December 2019. Mr. Moore previously served as Carter’s EVP of Strategy & Global Business Development from February 2019 to December 2019 and as Carter’s Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development from August 2017 to February 2019. Mr. Moore was Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer, YP Holdings, a privately-held media and advertising company, from June 2013 to July 2017; and Partner, McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm, September 2001 to May 2013, where he served a range of consumer, hospitality and media clients and also led McKinsey’s North American Consumer Digital Excellence initiative. Mr. Moore’s experience at a digital media company and at a management consulting firm provide him with a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by our Entertainment business segment. Mr. Moore also has considerable expertise in the hospitality industry as a result of his service as a management consultant.
Chief Financial Officer, Omnichannel Acquisition Corp.
Chief Financial Officer, Omnichannel Acquisition Corp., a SPAC with a stated focus of acquiring technology-enabled cross-channel retail and consumer service businesses, since October 2020; and Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Strategy, FANchise, an integrative fan-controlled sports league, since July 2020. Ms. Pantoya has also served as Non-Executive Partner, Delta Partners Group, an investment and advisory firm, since June 2019. Ms. Pantoya has also served as a senior advisor to multiple early-stage companies since January 2019. Ms. Pantoya previously served as SVP & Head of Mobile & Direct-to-Customer for the National Basketball Association from January 2015 to October 2018. From April 2012 to January 2015, Ms. Pantoya served as VP of Corporate Development and Strategy for Verizon Communications. From June 2008 to April 2012, Ms. Pantoya served as Regional Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Cox Communications. Ms. Pantoya brings extensive digital media and entertainment industry expertise to the Board.
President and CEO, Heartland Media, LLC and President and CEO of Allen Media Broadcasting
President and Chief Executive Officer, Heartland Media, LLC, a television broadcasting company, since June 2013; President and Chief Executive Officer, Allen Media Broadcasting, a television broadcasting company, since February 2020; President and Chief Operating Officer, Gray Television, Inc., a television broadcasting company, September 2002 to June 2013; Executive Vice President, Gray Television, Inc., 1996 to September 2002; Chief Executive Officer, Bull Run Corporation (now Southern Community Newspapers, Inc.), a media and publishing company, 1992 to December 2005. Mr. Prather’s history as a media executive provides experience in the media and entertainment industries. Mr. Prather also has considerable corporate governance experience through his service on the boards of other public companies.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ryman Hospitality Properties
Chairman of our Board since May 2005; our Chief Executive Officer since April 2001; our President from November 2012 to March 2015 and from April 2001 to November 2008; Member, three-executive Office of the President, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., a gaming company, May 1999 to April 2001; Chief Financial Officer, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., April 1997 to April 2001. Mr. Reed served in a variety of other management positions with Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. and its predecessor, hotel operator Holiday Corp., from 1977 to April 1997. Mr. Reed’s day-to-day leadership as Chairman of our Board and CEO, as well as his many years of experience in the hospitality industry, provides him with deep knowledge of our operations and gives him unique insights into the challenges and opportunities we face.
Retired Chairman and CEO, The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.
Mr. Roth currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Pitney Bowes, Inc. Mr. Roth previously served as Executive Chairman (from January 2021 to December 2021), The Interpublic Group of Companies, a global marketing services company; Chairman (from July 2004 to January 2021) and Chief Executive Officer (from January 2005 to January 2021), The Interpublic Group of Companies; Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The MONY Group Inc. (and its predecessor entities), a financial services company, 1997 to 2004. Mr. Roth brings a variety of experience to the Board, including the areas of capital markets and corporate governance.