Mr. Bolton was appointed a director of the Company in December 2013 and currently serves as Lead Director. He brings extensive business and real estate operating experience to the Board. Mr. Bolton has been Chief Executive Officer of Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (“MAA”) since October 2001 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of MAA since September 2002. He joined MAA in 1994 as Vice President of Development and was named Chief Operating Officer in February 1996 and promoted to President in December 1996. Prior to that time, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Trammell Crow Realty Advisors. Mr. Bolton served on the Board of Directors of Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Inc. from 2008 to 2010. He currently serves on the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) Advisory Board of Governors. He received a BBA in Accounting from The University of Memphis and an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate from The University of North Texas.