Our Nominees

Blackwells has nominated four highly qualified Board candidates—Ms. Jennifer M. Hill, Ms. Betsy L. McCoy, Mr. Steven J. Pully and Mr. Michael Cricenti—for election to the Board of Braemar Hotels & Resorts Inc.

  • The professionals that Blackwells has nominated have extensive leadership experience in capital allocation, real property law, real estate and corporate governance.
  • Blackwells’ Nominees have the necessary background and expertise to objectively evaluate the Corporation’s performance, adjust the Corporation’s strategy and enhance the Corporation’s governance practices to align with the best interests of all stockholders, not just Monty Bennett.
  • The Blackwells Nominees are independent of influence from the Corporation’s external advisor and intend to fully review the Corporation’s business, assets, capital structure, capital allocation priorities, strategies, operations and the external management agreement.

Jennifer M. Hill

Jennifer M. Hill, age 58, currently serves as the Founder and CEO of Murphy Hill Consulting LLC, a Connecticut-based consulting business providing consulting services focused on the financial services, asset management, insurance and risk management industries, since January 2015. Ms. Hill served as the Chief Financial Officer of Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE: BAC), an investment bank and financial services holding company, from July 2011 to December 2014.


Betsy L. McCoy

Betsy L. McCoy, age 62, currently serves as General Counsel and Vice President for The Related Group, a private real estate development company, a position she has served in since May 2010. In her role, Ms. McCoy oversees the in-house legal department, including all aspects of compliance, management of legal services, legal reporting to executives and legal guidance, and serves as legal and business counsel to an affiliated real estate management company. From January 2008 to May 2013, Ms. McCoy served as Associate General Counsel and Vice President of The Related Group.


Steven J. Pully

Steven J. Pully, age 64, serves on public and private company boards, provides investment banking and consulting services through Speyside Partners LLC, an investment banking firm he co-founded in 2017, and serves as an expert witness in legal disputes, generally in connection with his expertise in governance matters. Over the course of his board service, he has served on boards of companies involved in a variety of different industries as Executive Chairman, Chairman and Lead Director of various boards, and chaired a variety of board committees.


Michael Cricenti

Michael Cricenti, age 39, currently serves as Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Magis Capital Partners, a private investment firm that employs a fundamental, value-oriented approach to investing in special situations, since January 2017. Mr. Cricenti also served as a Senior Real Estate Investment Advisor at IsZo Capital Management LP, a hedge fund, from January 2017 to November 2021. Previously, from September 2009 until January 2017, Mr. Cricenti served as Managing Director at Bluestem Asset Management (“Bluestem”), an investment firm with more than $1.5 billion in assets under management based in Charlottesville, Virginia.