Chief Executive Officer — Bob Ekman has over 31 years of hospitality industry experience including the previous 19 with IHG in development with his last position, Vice President of Franchise Sales & Development – North America. Ekman began his career in the late 1970’s working his way up the ranks of Marriott Corporation starting with positions as busboy, bellman, van driver and front desk clerk. His stellar career with Marriott continued as Director of Sales & Marketing of Marriott’s Tan-Tar-A Resort, the Maui Marriott and the Minneapolis Marriott City Centre. Ekman was Co-Founder and President of The Bricton Group in the late 1980’s / early 1990’s, a third party hospitality management and acquisitions firm out of Chicago. He also was Co-Owner and Developer of a $2M restaurant and lounge in a southwest suburb of Chicago. With IHG, Ekman was responsible for over 2,700 deals and over $6B in revenue over his 19 years. He had responsibility for growth of IHG’s Core Brands in the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Ekman is the Chief Executive Officer of MORE American Hospitality, LLC. Ekman is 25% owner of MAH.