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    MIT SHAH

    As founder and chief executive officer, Mr. Shah provides overall strategic guidance for the Noble organization and heads its investment committee. He has been profiled in Newsweek magazine as one of the most influential South Asians in the United States, as one of Atlanta's most prominent leaders by Atlanta Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and as one of the 21st century's most influential hospitality industry leaders by both Lodging Hospitality magazine and Lodging magazine. A regular speaker at private equity real estate, lodging, and investment conferences, Mr. Shah is a frequent commentator on business strategy and trends in such publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today as well as a variety of news agencies that cover the real estate and lodging industries.

    Mr. Shah presently serves as non-executive chairman of the board for CorePoint Lodging (NYSE:CPLG). He is also a member of the Industry Real Estate and Finance Advisory Council (IREFAC) of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and serves on owner advisory boards with Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

    Mr. Shah is an active supporter of educational objectives and is currently serving his third term as a member of the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, Wake Forest University.

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    RODNEY WILLIAMS

    Mr. Williams is a partner and chief investment officer with responsibility for leading the teams that source and underwrite new investments and executes project management for new developments and re-developments.

    Prior to joining Noble in 2004, Mr. Williams was a managing principal with Hardin Capital, a joint venture between DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and Hardin Construction where he led investment and asset management activities. Mr. Williams previously held senior executive roles with Coopers & Lybrand, InterContinental Hotels and Laventhol & Horwath. He has more than 38 years of industry experience and began his career in hotel operations.

    Mr. Williams received B.A. degrees in Business and French from Rutgers University. He currently serves on the owner’s advisory board for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

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    MARK RAFUSE

    Mr. Rafuse is a partner and chief administrative officer with responsibility for leading the teams that oversee Noble’s hotel operating strategy and management companies as well as Noble’s financial and fund administration team. He has expertise in complex structuring to work with municipalities and other entities to obtain economic subsidies, tax increment financing, and other enhancements which add value to Noble’s lodging investments. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council.

    Prior to joining Noble in 1999, Mr. Rafuse held senior executive roles with Impac Hotel Group/Lodgian, BMH Wood Technologies, Liuski International and Pratt Industries. He has more than 21 years of hospitality industry experience.

    Mr. Rafuse received a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from Loma Linda University. He currently serves as a trustee of the Atlanta Girls School.

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    BEN BRUNT

    Mr. Brunt is a partner with responsibility for sourcing and underwriting new investments encompassing individual asset and portfolio acquisitions, land and new development opportunities, market and investment analysis and brand positioning.

    Prior to joining Noble in 2005, Mr. Brunt held senior executive investment roles at Songy Partners and Hardin Capital. He has more than 21 years of hospitality industry experience and began his career in hotel operations.

    Mr. Brunt received a B.A. from Trinity College and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. He is a former professional violinist and spent two years as a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Brunt currently serves as a board member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Midtown Alliance. He is also a member of the AHLA Lodging Investment Council and a member of the Urban Land Institute.

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    ADI BHOOPATHY

    Mr. Bhoopathy is a partner with responsibility for capital markets, asset dispositions and transaction management. In addition, he leads contract documentation and closings related to new acquisitions, development and financing for all investments.

    Mr. Bhoopathy joined Noble in 1999 and has 19 years of hospitality experience.

    He received a B.S. from the Cornell University School of Hospitality and is the past-president of the Cornell Georgia Chapter as well as the past-president of the Atlanta Hospitality Alliance. He is a regular panelist at lodging, investment, and financing conferences and is a member of the Urban Land Institute.

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    JIM CONLEY

    Mr. Conley is a partner and chief financial officer with responsibility for financial administration, audit and compliance and institutional fund management. He leads a team responsible for internal and external reporting, treasury operations, risk management, tax, human resources and information technology.

    Prior to joining Noble in 2006, Mr. Conley held senior executive and finance roles at Wyndham International and Embassy Suites. He has more than 38 years of lodging industry experience.

    Mr. Conley is a Certified Public Accountant and received a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University and an M.B.A from Southern Methodist University.

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    KEVIN GRASS

    Mr. Grass is a partner with responsibility for leading Noble’s project development team in the execution of renovation, redevelopment and new construction projects.

    Prior to joining Noble in 2005, Mr. Grass was executive vice president for the Winter Construction Company where he created the hospitality division and managed all construction-related operations. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council and has more than 28 years of hospitality industry experience.

    Mr. Grass received a B.S. in Construction Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a past board member of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia.

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    STEVEN NICHOLAS

    Mr. Nicholas is a partner with responsibility for leading Noble’s hotel operating strategy and overseeing management company performance.

    Prior to joining Noble in 1997, Mr. Nicholas held senior roles at PROMUS Hotels prior to its acquisition by Hilton. He has more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience and began his career in hotel operations.

    Mr. Nicholas received a B.A. Hotel Administration from Cornell University and an M.B.A from the Goizuetta Business School at Emory University. He currently serves as the Immediate Past President and member of the Strategic Advisory Council of the Hotel Asset Manager Association and on the executive board of the Georgia Hospitality and Lodging Association (GHLA). Mr. Nicholas is also a member of the Marriott International Advisory Committee for AC Hotels, MOXY and Residence Inn, and is a former President of the Cornell Hotel Society.

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    MICHAEL QUINLAN

    Mr. Quinlan is senior vice president of fund accounting and finance.

    Prior to joining Noble in 2007, he held senior leadership roles with four separate publicly traded real estate investment trusts. He has more than 27 years of hospitality industry experience specializing in real estate accounting and finance.

    Mr. Quinlan received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of New Orleans.

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    LISA SMITH

    Mrs. Smith is vice president of asset management.

    Prior to joining Noble in 2003, Mrs. Smith held numerous roles in hotel sales, marketing, revenue management and operations. She has more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience.

    Mrs. Smith received a B.S. in Family & Consumer Sciences from Georgia Southern University.

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    VALERIE PAYNE

    Mrs. Payne is vice president of treasury services.

    Prior to joining Noble in 1997, Mrs. Payne held senior roles at PROMUS Hotels prior to its acquisition by Hilton. She has more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience.

    Mrs. Payne received a B.S. in Business Management from Oberlin College and is a member of the Association for Financial Professionals.

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    JUDD LEDET

    Mr. Ledet is vice president of development.

    Prior to joining Noble in 2006, Mr. Ledet was with Winter Construction. He has more than 13 years of hospitality industry experience.

    Mr. Ledet received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a current board member of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia.

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    DUSTIN FISHER

    Mr. Fisher is vice president of investments.

    He joined Noble in 2008 and has more than 10 years of hospitality industry experience.

    Mr. Fisher received a B.S. from the Calloway School of Business & Accountancy at Wake Forest University.


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