Board of Directors

Stephen P. Holmes

 

Stephen P. Holmes

Chairman of the Board

Since its introduction in 2006, Stephen P. Holmes served as Chairman and CEO of Wyndham Destinations, which was one of the world’s largest integrated hospitality companies making travel more accessible to more people in more places than anyone else. He oversaw the spinoff of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and led the creation of Wyndham Destinations.

Prior to the creation of Wyndham Destinations, Mr. Holmes served in various leadership positions in the hospitality and financial services industries, including vice chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Cendant Corporation, where he oversaw Cendant’s hotel franchise, vehicle rental, timeshare development, timeshare exchange and vacation rental business. Mr. Holmes was also Executive Vice President and CFO of HFS, and Managing Director of The Blackstone Group. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Deloitte.

In addition to his position at Wyndham Destinations, Mr. Holmes serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, and on the Executive Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council and is an officer of the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University.

 

Michael D. Brown

 

Michael D. Brown

Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael D. Brown serves as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wyndham Destinations, and is a member of its Board of Directors. Brown is responsible for the performance, growth and strategic direction of the world’s largest publicly traded vacation ownership, exchange and managed vacation rental business. The company, which employs nearly 25,000 associates, includes Wyndham Vacation Clubs, RCI Exchanges and Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

Previously, Brown served as President and CEO of Wyndham Vacation Ownership, following a successful executive leadership tenure at Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV), where he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to being appointed as COO for HGV in 2014, he held the role of Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing – Mainland U.S. and Europe. Prior to joining HGV in 2008, Brown served in a series of sales, development, operations, and finance leadership roles throughout the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean during his more than 16 years at Marriott International and Marriott Vacation Club International.

As a hospitality industry veteran of more than 25 years, Brown’s leadership is infused with a combination of strategic vision, operational expertise, inspirational leadership and industry knowledge. In addition, he is passionate in his commitment to Wyndham Destinations’ diverse, inclusive community of associates and its global spirit of hospitality.

Brown earned a bachelor’s degree from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He currently serves as a member of the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) Executive Committee and is the Chair of ARDA’s Meetings Committee.

 

Louise F. Brady

 

Louise F. Brady

Director

Louise F. Brady has served as a Director since November 2016. Since March 2013 she has served as the Managing Partner and co-founder of the venture capital fund Piedmont Capital Partners, LLC, which develops innovative technologies. She also currently serves as president of Blue Current, Inc., Advanced Chemotherapy Technologies, Inc. and Faster, LLC. From September 1996 to October 2013, she served as Vice President of Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Service.  

James E. Buckman

 

James E. Buckman

Director

James E. Buckman has served as a Director since July 2006 and Lead Director since March 2010. From May 2007 to January 2012, Mr. Buckman served as Vice Chairman of York Capital Management, a hedge fund management company headquartered in New York City. From May 1, 2010 to January 2012, Mr. Buckman also served as General Counsel of York Capital Management and from January 2007 to May 2007 he served as a Senior Consultant to York Capital Management. Mr. Buckman was General Counsel and a director of Cendant from December 1997 to August 2006, a Vice Chairman of Cendant from November 1998 to August 2006 and a Senior Executive Vice President of Cendant from December 1997 to November 1998. Mr. Buckman was Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of HFS Incorporated from May 1997 to December 1997, a director of HFS from June 1994 to December 1997 and Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of HFS from February 1992 to May 1997.

 

George Herrera

 

George Herrera

Director

George Herrera has served as a Director since July 2006. Since December 2003, Mr. Herrera has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Herrera-Cristina Group, Ltd., a Hispanic-owned, multidisciplinary management firm. From August 1998 to January 2004, Mr. Herrera served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Herrera served as President of David J. Burgos & Associates, Inc. from December 1979 to July 1998. Mr. Herrera served as a director of Cendant from January 2004 to August 2006.

 

Denny Marie Post

Director

Denny Marie Post has served on the Board since 2018. She serves as Chief Executive Officer of Red Robin, joining the company in 2011. Post has more than 30 years of leadership experience in consumer-driven marketing, product innovation and building teams to develop and execute strategies that increase brand awareness and drive sales. Before joining Red Robin, she served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at T-Mobile USA. She previously held the roles of Senior Vice President of Global Beverage, Food and Quality for Starbucks Corporation, Senior Vice President and Chief Concept Officer for Burger King and several management positions for KFC USA, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Canada while at YUM! Brands, Inc. Post is also a director on the board of the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Blue Dog Bakery and the Denver-based non-profit Nurse-Family Partnership.

 

 

Ronald L. Rickles, CPA

Director

Ronald L. Rickles has served on the Board since 2018. He was a senior partner with Deloitte & Touche, serving in a variety of leadership roles, including managing partner for the New Jersey offices and Northeast regional leader of the firm’s professional services practice for mid-market and privately held companies. Earlier serving as an audit partner for 30 years, Rickles was the lead partner serving some of the firm’s most significant clients with deep experience serving the hospitality industry (including timeshare), REITS, retailers, financial services companies and franchisors, including the legacy businesses of Wyndham Destinations. In addition, Rickles has significant boardroom experience advising client audit committees on financial reporting, internal controls, investigations and corporate governance. He also has substantial experience and expertise working with and advising senior management on complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, sales, and capital market activities.

 

Michael H. Wargotz

 

Michael H. Wargotz

Director

Michael H. Wargotz has served as a Director since July 2006. Since April 2017, Mr. Wargotz has served as an executive officer in residence at Axcess Worldwide, a brand experience marketing development agency, of which he co-founded in 2001. From July 2011 to June 2017, he was the Chairman of Axcess Ventures, an affiliate of Access Worldwide. From August 2010 to June 2011, Mr. Wargotz served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Milestone Aviation Group, LLC, a global aviation leasing company. From August 2009 to July 2010, Mr. Wargotz served as the Co-Chairman of Axcess Luxury and Lifestyle. From December 2006 to August 2009, Mr. Wargotz served as the Chief Financial Advisor of NetJets, Inc., a leading provider of private aviation services, and from June 2004 to November 2006, he served as a Vice President of NetJets. Mr. Wargotz is a founding partner of Axcess Solutions, LLC, a strategic alliance, brand development and partnership marketing consulting firm, which originated in 2001. From January 1998 to December 1999, Mr. Wargotz served in various leadership positions with Cendant, including President and Chief Executive Officer of its Lifestyle Division, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of its Alliance Marketing Segment and Senior Vice President, Business Development. Mr. Wargotz was a Senior Vice President with HFS Incorporated from July 1994 to December 1997. Mr. Wargotz has served as a director of Resources Connection, Inc. since May 2009 and previously served as a director of CST Brands, Inc. from May 2013 to June 2017.