Bruce W. White
Mr. White is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of White Lodging, a fully integrated developer, owner and manager of premium brand hotels - a recognized industry leader that consistently delivers superior leading brand hotel experiences and premium returns on investment. Over the past 25 years, the company's managed portfolio has grown to 155 mid-to-large scale hotels in seventeen states. In 2006, Mr. White was the catalyst on a $1.7 billion hotel portfolio sale to RLJ Development, enabling him and his ownership partners to monetize their value in 99 hotels. This milestone transaction included long term management contracts to ensure the stability of the organization and create a platform for dynamic growth. The company currently employs over 6,500 associates who deliver industry leading results for affiliated hotel company brand partners, including Marriott International, Hyatt Global, Hilton Worldwide, Radisson Hotels, Intercontinental Hotel Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Mr. White is an active and recognized leader in numerous hospitality, business and civic organizations. He was recognized with the Hunter Hotel Developer Conference Award for Excellence & Inspiration, and along with his family, the Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership award. He is a board member of the Chicago Economic Club, a member of World Presidents' Organization (previous past member of Young Presidents' Organization) and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Terlato Wine Group. As a charter board member of the Indiana Economic Corporation, he currently serves on the Policy Committee. He services on the Starwood North America Owners Advisory Council, is past charter president of the Courtyard by Marriott Advisory Board; a member of the Residence Inn by Marriott Association Board of Directors; and a charter member of Renaissance Hotels Advisory Board.
Mr. White serves on the Board of Directors of Chicago Big Shoulders and Merrick Ventures. Additionally, he served on the governing board of the University of Chicago Hospitals. He is a graduate of Purdue University, the Harvard Graduate School of Business O.P.M. Program, and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales.