Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP) is a REIT for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company’s owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 8,114 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat, The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland and AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, a 192-room overflow hotel near Gaylord National.
The Company also owns and operates media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry, the legendary weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for over 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; 650 AM WSM, the Opry’s radio home; and Ole Red, a country lifestyle and entertainment brand. The company also is a joint venture partner in Opry City Stage, the Opry’s first home away from home, in Times Square.
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President and CEO-Designate, Eye-Mart Express, Inc.
President and CEO-Designate, Eye-Mart Express Inc. since 2017. Formerly, Mr. Bender was Chief Operating Officer – Global eCommerce of retailer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., July 2014 to January 2017; EVP and President, West Business Unit of Wal-Mart, February 2011 to July 2014; SVP, Mountain Division of Wal-Mart, February 2010 to February 2011; VP/Regional General Manager at Wal-Mart, February 2009 to February 2010; President/General Manager of the Retail and Alternate Care business of healthcare retailer Cardinal Health, 2003 to 2007. Prior to such time Mr. Bender was Vice President of Store Operations for retailer Victoria’s Secret Stores, and he spent 14 years with beverage company PepsiCo in a variety of sales, finance and operating roles. Qualifications: Mr. Bender’s extensive experience in retail sales in large, complex organizations brings financial, accounting and operational expertise.
Chief Development Officer, Magic Leap, Inc.
Chief Development Officer, Magic Leap, Inc., a digital technology company, since October 2015. 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. Qualifications: 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.
Head of Global Publisher Sales and Operations, Facebook, Inc.
Head of Global Publisher Sales and Operations, Facebook, Inc., a technology company, since October 2015; 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. Qualifications: 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.
Editorial Consultant, Hearst Magazines
Editorial Consultant, Hearst Magazines, a media and publishing company, since 2017; Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines, 2006-2017; Editor-in-Chief, Good Housekeeping magazine, 1994 to 2006; Editor-in-Chief, Redbook magazine, 1990 to 1994; Editor-in-Chief, Woman’s Day magazine, 1982 to 1990; Senior Editor, Cosmopolitan, 1976 to 1982. Ms. Levine was instrumental in founding O, The Oprah Magazine in 2000 (and continues to serve as its Editorial Consultant), Food Network Magazine in 2009 and HGTV Magazine in 2012. Qualifications: Ms. Levine’s service as an executive at a large media and publishing company provides experience in the media and entertainment industries.
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Tanium
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Tanium, a privately-held endpoint security and systems management company, since May 2017. 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. Qualifications: 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, Strategy & Business Development, Carter's Inc.
Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Carter’s Inc. Previously, Mr. Moore was Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer, YP Holdings, a privately-held media and advertising company, since May 2013; 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. Qualifications: 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.
President and CEO, Heartland Media, LLC
President and Chief Executive Officer, Heartland Media, LLC, a television broadcasting company, since June 2013; 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. Qualifications: 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. Qualifications: 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.
Chairman and CEO, The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.
Chairman (since July 2004) and Chief Executive Officer (since January 2005), The Interpublic Group of Companies, a global marketing services company; Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The MONY Group Inc. (and its predecessor entities), a financial services company, 1997 to 2004. Qualifications: As chairman and chief executive officer of one of the world’s largest publicly-traded marketing service companies, Mr. Roth brings a variety of experience and expertise to the Board, including in the areas of capital markets and corporate governance.
Mr. Roth also serves as our Lead Independent Director.