David Ward joined OTO Development in January 2005 and is currently the Chief Operating Officer overseeing all hotel properties in the portfolio. He was previously the Vice President of Operations for the Western region hotels. He also is the national liaison between OTO and outside ownership groups with hotel assets managed by OTO. Prior to joining OTO, Mr. Ward was the Regional Director, Vice President, and Executive Vice President of Operations for Extended Stay America, Inc., a NYSE listed lodging chain. He joined ESA in 1996, managing 200 locations nationwide prior to its sale to the Blackstone Group in 2004.