Our Red Lion Hotels Corporation Management Team
Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
James P. Evans was named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Lion Hotels in August 2013, having served on the Board of Directors since December 2012. He brings nearly 40 years of hospitality, hotel and brand management expertise to Red Lion. Most recently, Jim served as the Chief Executive Officer of Brand USA, the nation's first public-private global marketing effort to promote the U.S. as the world's premier travel destination. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of each of the following companies: Ardent Hotel Advisors, Jenny Craig International and Best Western International. He has also held executive management positions in operations for DoubleTree Hotel Corporation and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Julie Shiflett was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer beginning September 1, 2011. Ms. Shiflett has been with Red Lion Hotels since October 2010 when she was hired under a contract to serve as Vice President of Finance. She is a principal of NW CFO, a financial consulting company she founded in 2008 which assists emerging and mid-market companies with activities including strategic planning, forecasting, and recapitalization. She served as Chief Financial Officer of Signature Genomic Laboratories inSpokane,Washington, in 2009 and 2010. Prior to that, Shiflett was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Columbia Paint and Coatings from 2006 to 2009 and Vice President of Finance and Administration of Riley Creek Lumber Company from 2001 until 2006. Her accounting career began at Coopers & Lybrand in Spokane. Ms. Shiflett also currently serves on the Board of Directors for an $8 billion financial institution, a chemical manufacturing company and a regional hospital.
Harry G. Sladich
Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Distribution
Harry Sladich is the driving force behind companywide sales and marketing initiatives in national and international markets, rebranding and segmentation strategies, defining product offerings and leading the revenue management and distribution teams for nearly 2,600 employees at 50 hotels in 11 states. In collaboration with an internationally recognized branding firm, he has developed three distinctive segments to more clearly define the brand for guests and franchisors. In 2013 Sladich will officially launch a refreshed Red Lion Hotels, a new Red Lion Inns & Suites segment and the distinctive, new Leo Hotel Collection. Sladich serves on two prominent national industry boards, including the U.S. Travel Association and Destination & Travel Foundation Board of Trustees. Additionally, former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Sladich to the Motion Picture Competitiveness board and to the Washington State Convention Center Board of Directors. He has also served on the board for the Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (WACVB). A 34 year veteran of the hospitality industry, Sladich has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau where he played a key role in building and selling the Spokane and Washington State images. He spent 15 years in hotel operations having served as a General Manager, with extensive experience in rooms division and food and beverage, for hotel developers and operators of multiple franchises including Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn and Quality Inn.
Executive Vice President, Lodging and Brand Development
Ron Burgett was appointed Executive Vice President, Brand Development, for Red Lion Hotels Corporation. In this role, Burgett leads the company's franchise and brand development program. Burgett has nearly two decades of experience in franchising and franchise relations, brand management, sustainable development, sales growth and new business development. He joins the Red Lion Hotels team from Northcott Hospitality, the parent company of AmericInn, where he was Executive Vice President of Development. In addition, he was President and a Partner of Hospitality Sales Group, a national commercial real estate brokerage firm. Prior to that, Burgett served in several capacities at Choice Hotels International, most recently as National Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Tom McKeirnan has been with the company since 2003 and serves as our Executive Vice President, General Counsel. He has been actively involved in the executive management of the company for almost ten years, having previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 2005 to February 2013. Prior to that he served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from January 2004 through February 2005 and Vice President, Assistant General Counsel from July 2003 to January 2004. Prior to joining us, Mr. McKeirnan was a partner at the Spokane, Washington law firm of Paine Hamblen Cofflin Brooke & Miller, LLP from January 2002 until July 2003 and an associate attorney at the same firm from 1999 to 2001. Mr. McKeirnan was also an associate attorney with the Seattle, Washington law firm of Riddell Williams P.S. from 1995 until 1999. Mr. McKeirnan's private legal practice has focused on corporate, transactional, real estate and securities law, with an emphasis on the hospitality industry. While in private practice, Mr. McKeirnan represented us as outside counsel on various strategic and transactional matters and also represented WestCoast Hotels, Inc. prior to our acquisition of that company.
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
David Barbieri has been with our company since 1996 and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Mr. Barbieri is a member of the senior management team for Red Lion Hotels Corporation and is responsible for the company's information technology initiatives ranging from network and application infrastructure to Internet-based application design and e-commerce. Mr. Barbieri is also responsible for the company's sustainability programs and corporate facilities, design, and construction initiatives. Before joining our company, Mr. Barbieri worked as an engineer for a data backup hardware manufacturing company.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Currently the Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Krisann Hatch has been with Red Lion Hotels Corporation (formerly WestCoast Hospitality) since October 2002 and is a member of the senior management team. In her role in Human Resources, she is responsible for strategic management, training & development, performance management, workforce planning & analysis, policy implementation and interpretation, employee relations, recruitment & selection, benefits administration, compensation, and legal compliance including affirmative action. Prior to joining WestCoast Hospitality in 2002, Ms. Hatch had been with Hilton Hotels for 13 years, starting her hotel career in 1989 with Red Lion Hotels and serving in the role of Director of Human Resources at six different hotels throughout the Pacific Northwest and through a variety of hotel mergers - from Red Lion to Doubletree to Promus to Hilton. In 1999, she was promoted to the position of Regional Director of Human Resources with Hilton Hotels, responsible for a group of hotels that included the Red Lion portfolio. Ms. Hatch is a Senior Professional, Human Resources through the Human Resources Certification Institute, served on the Board of the Spokane Chapter of the Northwest Human Resources Management Association (now INSHRM) and is a current Board Director for the Inland Northwest Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.
Sandra J. Heffernan
Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller
Sandra J. Heffernan is currently the Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller of Red Lion Hotels Corporation. Prior to Red Lion, she served as Senior Director of Financial Accounting & Reporting for NightHawk Radiology Holdings, Inc., a public company based in Coeur d'Alene, ID. She previously worked in key accounting and financial positions, including Controller and Assistant Controller roles, for various public companies and private organizations. Ms. Heffernan has been employed by several notable companies, including PepsiCo Food Systems, Dell Computer Corporation and the National Football League. As Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller for Red Lion, Ms. Heffernan directs all accounting and reporting functions for the company, is responsible for internal controls and is a key member of the team that manages outside banking and audit relationships. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 1992 with a BBA in Finance and graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1996 with an MS in Accounting. Ms. Heffernan is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Washington State.