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Kristian M. Gathright

Joined the board in: 2019

Professional title: Chief Operating Officer (Retired) and Board Member, Apple Hospitality REIT

As one of the first employees of the Apple REIT Companies, Krissy was instrumental in building a team with a strong corporate culture, formulating and implementing corporate strategy, driving industry-leading results and helping execute several strategic transactions. Krissy recently retired as COO of Apple Hospitality REIT, the largest publicly-traded select service lodging REIT to focus on corporate board work, venture investment and advisory services and giving back to her community. In March 2019, Krissy was appointed to the Apple Hospitality REIT Board of Directors where she remains as an active board member.  

She serves on the governing board of the AH&LA Consumer Innovation Forum, as well as the advisory board for Truist Bank (Virginia). She serves on the board of the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA where she also contributes as a guest lecturer and a participant in a collaborative pan-University initiative to expand the real estate curriculum. She is the Treasurer and Chair-Elect of the Greater Richmond YMCA Association Board, and Governance Chair for the St. Christopher’s School Board of Governors. She also serves on the boards of the Maymont Foundation, NextUp and StartUp Virginia. 

Krissy earned a B.S. with distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. She passed the CPA exam in 1994. She resides in Richmond with her husband and three boys.