RLJ Lodging Trust Hires New SVP

Ryan Meliker will step up as the company's senior vice president of corporate strategy and investor relations, bringing 15 years of experience in lodging and real estate research.

Ryan Meliker, RLJ Lodging Trust
Ryan Meliker, RLJ Lodging Trust

RLJ Lodging Trust has selected Ryan Meliker as its newest senior vice president of corporate strategy and investor relations, effective January 17. He will report to COO & CFO Leslie Hale.

Meliker brings 15 years of experience as a lodging and real estate research analyst to the company. He previously served as managing director at Canaccord Genuity, where he worked as senior REIT equity analyst with coverage of lodging, student housing, triple net sectors, multifamily and specialty sectors. Prior to that, he was managing director at MLV & Co., with a focus on lodging REITs and operators, as well as lead lodging REIT analyst at Morgan Stanley Equity Research.

The recently appointed executive holds a BA in history and Russian studies from Colgate University and an MBA in finance and hospitality business from Michigan State University.

Not only does Meliker possess significant lodging industry experience, he also covered RLJ for many years and is very familiar with our assets, business and strategy,” Hale said in a prepared statement. 

Last year, the company merged with FelCor in a $1.2 billion deal, creating the third-largest pure-play lodging REIT.

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