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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. Apple Hospitality REIT, headquartered in Richmond, is one of the largest publicly traded rooms-focused lodging REITs.  As Apple's COO, Krissy served on multiple brand and industry advisory councils including the governing board of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) Consumer Innovation Forum, the AHLA Board, President of the Courtyard Franchise Advisory Council, the Homewood Suite Owners Advisory Council, the Marriott-Starwood Merger Advisory Council and as a founding member of the Hilton and Marriott Distribution Councils.

Krissy is also a senior advisor for Derive Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on advancements in the travel, hospitality and leisure space. She is an independent board member for Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE:SRC). As a passionate supporter of building and strengthening communities and creating opportunities for others especially through education, she serves as a board member for the McIntire School of Commerce Foundation, UVA Foundation, YMCA Association of Greater Richmond (Chair), NextUp RVA and Startup Virginia Boards. 

Krissy earned a B.S. with distinction from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. She resides in Richmond with her husband and sons.