Executive Vice President, Ryman Hospitality Properties; President, Opry Entertainment Group
Board of Directors
Michael J. Bender
COO, Global eCommerce, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
COO, Global eCommerce for retailer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., since 2014; EVP and President, West Business Unit, of Wal-Mart, February 2011 to July 2014; EVP and President, West Business Unit of Wal-Mart, February 2011; 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 business organizations brings financial, accounting and operational expertise.
CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER, MAGIC LEAP, INC.
Chief Business Officer of Magic Leap, Inc., a leading pioneer in digital lightfield technology, since October 2015. Prior to that, Ms. Bhasin was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at SiriusXM Radio, leading the team focused on identifying, developing and executing new business initiatives; and defining and executing the company’s business plans. Ms. Bhasin has also served as General Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Personalization with Dell, Inc. and as Vice President of Business Development at EMI Music, North America. Ms. Bhasin serves on the board of the GRAMMY Foundation and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for Mouse. Qualifications: Ms. Bhasin’s extensive technology, brand building and media industry expertise provide her with a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by our Entertainment business segment.
William F. Hagerty, IV
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAGERTY, PETERSON AND COMPANY
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Hagerty, Peterson and Company, a private equity investment firm, since January 2015. From January 2011 until January 2015, Mr. Hagerty served in Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s cabinet as Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for the State of Tennessee. From 1996 to January 2011, Mr. Hagerty served as Co-Founder and Managing Director of Hagerty, Peterson and Company. Prior to that, Mr. Hagerty was with The Boston Consulting Group where his work spanned five continents. He was also Senior Expatriate in the firm’s Tokyo office when he took leave to serve on the White House staff under President George H.W. Bush. Qualifications: Mr. Hagerty’s experience at private equity investment firms provide him with a unique perspective on our capital markets activities and the challenges and opportunities faced by our businesses. Mr. Hagerty also has considerable expertise in corporate governance and in the oversight of the financial and accounting functions of large, complex organizations as a result of his service on the boards of directors of other public and private companies.
Ellen R. Levine
Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines
Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines, a media and publishing company, since 2006; 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) and in founding Food Network Magazine in 2009. Qualifications: Ms. Levine’s service as an executive at a large media and publishing company provides experience in the media and entertainment industries.
Patrick Q. Moore
Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer, YP Holdings
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.
Robert S. Prather, Jr.
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.
Colin V. Reed
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.
Michael D. Rose
Chairman, Midaro Investments
Chairman, Midaro Investments, a privately-held investment firm, since 1998; Chairman of the Board of Directors, First Horizon National Corporation, January 2007 to December 2012; Chairman of the Executive Committee of our Board, May 2005 to May 2009; Chairman of our Board, April 2001 to May 2005; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., 1995 to 1996; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Promus Hotel Corporation (formerly the Promus Companies, Incorporated), a hospitality company, 1990 to 1997; Chief Executive Officer, Promus Companies, Incorporated, 1990 to 1994. Qualifications: Mr. Rose’s previous service as our Chairman and his experience as a chief executive officer provide him with considerable knowledge of our industry. He is an audit committee financial expert based on his experience supervising a company’s principal financial and accounting officers. He also has considerable corporate governance experience through years of service on the boards of other public companies, including REITs.
Michael I. Roth
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: Mr. Roth’s experience as a chief executive officer of public companies gives him valuable knowledge and perspective and allows him to bring a variety of viewpoints to Board deliberations.