Mr. Kleisner, a four decade plus Hotelier/Corporate CEO/COO, has led successful management teams throughout the world in every aspect and sector of hospitality. His experience is unparalleled, ranging from one of the original Holiday Inns to individual world class hotels and resorts, to worldwide Branded Hospitality Companies. He is currently focused on his responsibilities as an Independent Director of publicly held companies. These currently include Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT); and Aimbridge Hospitality, the largest third-party Hospitality management firm in the world. Fred Kleisner is a member of this Board because of his extensive experience in Business Management and Governance. As a financial expert, he is a member of each company's Audit Committee; is a member of compensation committees and quality and compliance committees of these Boards. He is Chairman of the Executive Compensation Committee for Kindred Healthcare's Board.
From 2013 until 2017, Mr. Kleisner served as an Independent Director of Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ: CZR) and serves on CZR's Audit Committee. He has been involved in the gaming sector of hospitality since 1999, and is licensed as an Independent Director, Officer and Key Executive by the Nevada, & NJ Gaming Control Boards, as well as Puerto Rico, and other gaming destinations.
He graduated with a BA from Michigan State University's School of Hospitality Business and was named as MSU's Industry Leader of the Year in 2004. His currently a director, executive committee member and Treasurer of the Board at the IslandWood School, Bainbridge Island, WA, previously at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. He is a past Chair of the Boards of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Lander WY, and Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY.