Thomas M. O'Brien
Managing Director, President, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. O'Brien has been one of our Managing Directors since 2006 and our President and Chief Executive Officer since 2007. He has been Executive Vice President of Reit Management & Research LLC, or RMR, since 2008. He was Senior Vice President of RMR prior to that time since 2006, and he was Vice President prior to that since 1996. Mr. O'Brien was the President and a Director of RMR Advisors, Inc. and President and Chief Executive Officer of each of the RMR Funds since their founding beginning in 2003 until 2007. From 2002 through 2003, Mr. O'Brien served as Executive Vice President of Hospitality Properties Trust, where he had previously served as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer since 1996. Prior to 1996 Mr. O'Brien was a Senior Manager with Arthur Andersen LLP.
Andrew J. Rebholz
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
Mr. Rebholz is our Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Mr. Rebholz has served in this capacity since November 2007. Mr. Rebholz has been Senior Vice President of Reit Management & Research LLC, or RMR, since November 2007. Mr. Rebholz served as our Senior Vice President and Controller from January 2007 to November 2007, as Vice President and Controller from July 2002 to January 2007 and as Corporate Controller prior to that time since 1997.
Michael J. Lombardi
Executive Vice President, Sales
Mr. Lombardi is our Executive Vice President of Sales. Mr. Lombardi has served in this position since January 2007 and as Senior Vice President of Sales prior to that since June 2006. Prior to joining TravelCenters of America, Inc., Mr. Lombardi spent seven years in senior positions in the global marketing and customer service divisions of Ford Motor Company; prior to that he spent thirteen years in the retail marketing division of BP.
Mark R. Young
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Mr. Young is our Executive Vice President and General Counsel and has served in this capacity since August 2007. He has been Senior Vice President of Reit Management & Research LLC, or RMR, since 2011. From November 2001 through November 2006, Mr. Young was Assistant Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Reit Management & Research LLC and from November 2006 through July 2006, Mr. Young was Vice President, Leasing and Associate General Counsel of RMR. Prior to November 2001, Mr. Young held various positions at CMGI, Inc., Staples, Inc., Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP and Sullivan & Worcester LLP.
Ara A. Bagdasarian
Executive Vice President
Mr. Bagdasarian is our Executive Vice President. Mr. Bagdasarian has served in this capacity since January 2007, as Vice President of Store Marketing from 2002 to 2007, as Vice President of Retail Marketing from 2001 to 2002 and in various other positions prior to that time since 1993. Prior to joining TravelCenters of America, Inc., Mr. Bagdasarian spent 15 years with Sohio and BP in various management and marketing positions.
Barry A. Richards
Executive Vice President
Mr. Richards is our Executive Vice President. Mr. Richards has served in this capacity since April 2008. Prior to this position, Mr. Richards served as the Vice President of Restaurant Operations and in various other positions since his joining of TravelCenters of America, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Retail Marketing and Operations
Mr. McGary is our Senior Vice President of Retail Marketing and Operations. Mr. McGary has served in this capacity since August 2011. He joined the company in 1982 and most recently served as Vice President and Director of Truck Service from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that he held the roles of Regional Vice President of Operations, as well as District Manager. He also held a variety of other positions at the site level earlier in his career.
Peter P. Ward
Senior Vice President, Construction, Maintenance & Environmental
Mr. Ward has served in this position since September 2007, Regional Vice President of Operations since February 2004, Vice President of Franchising since January 1998 and Regional Development Manager since November 1995. Prior to joining TravelCenters of America, Inc., Mr. Ward spent 16 years in management and sales positions in the Retail Marketing and Chemical divisions of BP/Standard Oil/Boron Oil Company.
Senior Vice President, Food Marketing and Operations
Mr. Ponczoch has been our Senior Vice President of Food Marketing and Operations since January 2010. Mr. Ponczoch served as VP and Director of Food Operations since 2008. Mr. Ponczoch served as VP of Operations for Petro Stopping Centers since 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Ponczoch held multiple roles with Petro Stopping Centers for over 13 years, including Regional Director of Operations, and held positions in Recruiting, Customer Service, and Marketing.
Vern D. Larkin
Director of Internal Audit
Mr. Larkin has been our Director of Internal Audit since 2012. Mr. Larkin was employed previously by Five Star Quality Care, Inc. as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to that, Mr. Larkin practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP specializing in corporate securities, merger and acquisitions, corporate governance and other transactional matters for more than 12 years.