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Executive Officers
William H. Armstrong III
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from 1998 to present. President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company from 1996 to 1998. Director of Moody National REIT II, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust, from September 2017 to present. Director of Moody National REIT I, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust, from September 2008 until September 2017. Mr. Armstrong has been elected secretary-treasurer of Green Business Certification Inc., an organization that drives implementation of the LEED green building program. Holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Colorado.

Mr. Armstrong's 30-year career in real estate and over 25 years of leadership experience with the Company make him highly qualified to lead our Board. He has been employed by the Company since its inception in 1992, and has served as President since August 1996, Chief Executive Officer since May 1998 and Chairman of the Board since August 1998. He has built a highly regarded reputation in the real estate industry and has deep experience in and understanding of the Austin, Texas area, where most of our assets are located. He has long-standing, established relationships with tenants, lenders, regulators, community stakeholder groups, the City of Austin and the State of Texas. Mr. Armstrong's strong leadership skills and comprehensive understanding of the Company and its management, operations and financial requirements make him highly qualified to guide the Company's business strategy.
Erin D. Pickens
Ms. Pickens has served as our Senior Vice President since May 2009 and as our Chief Financial Officer since June 2009. Ms. Pickens previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tarragon Corporation from November 1998 until April 2009, and as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer from September 1996 until November 1998 and Accounting Manager from June 1995 until August 1996 for Tarragon and its predecessors. Ms. Pickens is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Pickens is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Directors
William H. Armstrong III
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer; please see Mr. Armstrong’s biography above.
Laurie L. Dotter
Investment advisory board member at Employee Retirement System of Texas, since 2019, and the Comptrollers Investment Advisory Board for Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company, since 2009. Member of the Board of Directors of Lifespace Communities, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that owns and operates senior living communities, and its predecessor since 2018. Serves on the governing board of Dottid, a SaaS technology company in the commercial real estate management sector. Member of the Board of Directors of SWK Holdings Corporation ("SWK"), a publicly traded specialized finance company with a focus on the global healthcare sector, and member of its Governance and Nominating Committee. President of Transwestern Investment Group from 2010 to 2016, and President of Transwestern Corporate Properties from 2016 to 2017. At Transwestern Corporate Properties, she led the formation and capitalization of Corporate Properties Trust I, II and III, large-scale commercial real estate investment vehicles with combined capitalization exceeding $2 billion. Member of the Board of Directors of Parkway Properties, Inc. ("Parkway"), a national commercial real estate investment trust, from 2010 to 2016, Chair of Parkway's Audit Committee and member of its Compensation Committee. Vice Chairman of the PREA Plan Sponsor Council at the Pension Real Estate Association, from 2008 until 2010. Executive investment officer at Hunt Realty Investments, from 1998 until 2010. Director of Real Estate Investments at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, from 1993 to 1998, and a director of Financial Consulting Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, from 1989 to 1993. Holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University and a CPA license in Texas.

Ms. Dotter has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate investment industry, including as founding partner of a suite of real estate investment vehicles with a multi-billion dollar capitalization. Ms. Dotter's experience in the areas of accounting, finance and investments on behalf of private and public funds, as well as her public company board experience, including as Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee of Parkway and member of SWK's Governance and Nominating Committee, make her highly qualified and allow her to provide valuable guidance regarding the Company's strategy.
Kate B. Henriksen
Co-Chief Investment Officer of RLJ Lodging Trust (“RLJ”), a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns primarily premium-branded, high-margin, focused-service and compact full-service hotels. Senior Vice President Investment & Portfolio Analysis of RLJ from 2007 to February 2019. Prior to joining RLJ in 2002, served as Director of Development Planning and Feasibility at Marriott International. Holds a B.S. from Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration, with a concentration in real estate and property asset management.

Ms. Henriksen has a deep understanding of real estate investing, the real estate and hospitality industries, asset management, real estate investment trust operations and investor relations, gained from her more than 20 years of experience at RLJ and Marriott, making her highly qualified to serve on our Board. Her experience at RLJ overseeing acquisitions and dispositions, helping to develop and implement strategy, managing assets on a strategic level, tracking investment portfolio performance, and assisting with capital raising and investor relations allow Ms. Henriksen to provide invaluable guidance to our Board in its consideration of the Company’s real estate investment opportunities and business strategy.
James E. Joseph
Dean of the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College from 2014 to present and Executive-in-Residence from 2012 to 2014. President and Chief Executive Officer of Oneida Ltd. (“Oneida”), one of the world’s largest designers, marketers, and distributors of housewares products, from 2007 to 2012. President of Oneida from 2006 to 2007. Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing of Oneida from 2005 to 2006. Senior Vice President, Food Service of Oneida from 2000 to 2005. Senior Vice President, International Operations of Oneida from 1995 to 2000. Inducted as an honorary member of the Cornell Hotel Society at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 2010. Fellow at the Culinary Institute of America from 2009 through 2012. Member of the board of directors of the Oneida Group, formerly known as EveryWare Global, Inc., a previously publicly traded company and the parent company of Oneida Ltd. from 2012 to 2013. Holds an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.S. in Accounting from Le Moyne College.

Mr. Joseph has over 25 years of experience in the consumer products, hospitality and entertainment industries, including experience as a chief executive officer, making him highly qualified to serve as a member of our Board. His leadership role in the dramatic turnaround of Oneida, which regained significant profitability and significantly reduced debt during Mr. Joseph’s tenure as president and chief executive officer, allows Mr. Joseph to provide valuable guidance regarding the Company’s business strategy.
James C. Leslie
Managing Principal of Wolverine Interests LLC, a commercial real estate investment firm, since 2001. President of Leslie Enterprises, L.P., a private equity firm, since 2001. President of JamJen, Inc., a services company, since 2001. Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to 2015 and director from 2002 to 2012 of Cresa Partners, LLC, a national tenant representation and real estate advisory services firm. Member of the board of directors of Dougherty’s Pharmacy, Inc. (formerly Ascendant Solutions, Inc.), a company focused on the acquisition, management and growth of community-based pharmacies in the southwest region, since 2002, Chairman of the board of directors from 2002 until June 2019, and Interim President and Chief Financial Officer from 2018 until February 2019. Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Staubach Company, a commercial real estate services firm, from 1996 to 2001. President of Staubach Financial Services from 1992 to 1996. Chief Financial Officer of The Staubach Company from 1982 to 1992. Holds an M.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska.

Mr. Leslie’s over 35 years of leadership experience in the real estate industry make him highly qualified to serve as a member of our Board. His investment and development experience as well as his extensive management experience acquired as president and chief operating officer of a commercial real estate services firm provide him with vast knowledge of financial, accounting, regulatory and administrative matters, particularly in the real estate industry. Mr. Leslie has also been involved with entrepreneurs and emerging companies consistently during his career and has been instrumental in the creation of over fifty companies. Through his significant business experience, he provides valuable insights with respect to strategies and solutions addressed at the Board level.
Michael D. Madden
Managing Partner and co-founder of BlackEagle Partners, LLC (formerly Centurion Capital Partners LLC), a private equity firm, from April 2005 to present. Chairman of the Board of Hanover Advisors L.L.C., investment bankers, since 1995. Director of US LBM Holdings, Inc., a specialty building materials distributor, from April 2017 to 2020. Partner of Questor Management Co., merchant bankers, from 1999 to 2005. Partner at Beacon Group Holdings, a merchant bank, from 1996 to 1999. Vice Chairman of Paine Webber Inc., an investment bank, from 1994 to 1995. Executive Vice President and Chief Origination Officer during 1994, and Executive Managing Director and Head of Global Business Development of Kidder Peabody & Co., Inc., an investment bank, from 1993 to 1994. Holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from LeMoyne College.

Mr. Madden has been an investment banker for more than 30 years and in that role has advised multiple public and private companies, making him a valuable member of our Board. Mr. Madden has extensive knowledge of capital markets and finance, which is invaluable to our Board's planning for the Company's capital and liquidity needs. His business experience allows him to provide strategic insight in the areas of finance and accounting and positions him well to serve on our Board.
Charles W. Porter
Chief Operating Officer of MG Holdings Services, LLC, a private asset management company, from 2014 to present. Advisor and Consultant to Moffett Holdings, L.L.C., a private, closely-held family company, from August 2008 to present. General Manager of Sheraton Steamboat Resort, managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., from 1989 to 2008. Holds a Certified Hotel Administrator certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institution.

Mr. Porter’s over 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, as well as experience in conceptualizing and planning two residential single-family developments and a condominium tower through entitlements, financing, construction, documentation and sales, provide him with a wealth of knowledge regarding real estate operations and make him highly qualified to serve on our Board.

Mr. Porter is the designated director of LCHM Holdings pursuant to the Investor Rights Agreement dated March 15, 2012.
Neville L. Rhone, Jr.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Arc Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based real estate operating company that acquires and repositions urban properties, from 2013 to present. Managing Director and member of the investment committee of Canyon Partners Real Estate (“Canyon”), a real estate investment company, from 2005 to 2013. Vice President at Morgan Stanley from 2000 to 2004. Active member of the Urban Land Institute and the Pension Real Estate Association. Holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering) from Cornell University.

Mr. Rhone’s over 27 years’ experience in the areas of real estate development, finance, investments, operations, entrepreneurship and executive leadership make him highly qualified to serve as a member of our Board. His current role at Arc, an institutional quality, minority-owned firm dedicated to corporate responsibility, where he specializes in creating walkable, urban mixed-use environments, and his roles at Canyon, where he led acquisitions in Texas, and Morgan Stanley, where he focused on investment banking and real estate, allow him to provide valuable guidance and leadership regarding the Company’s strategy.