Ashford Hospitality Trust Chairman Emeritus Archie Bennett, Jr. Receives Dallas Business Journal Outstanding Director Award

May 28, 2013, 16:05 ET from Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.

DALLAS, May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AHT) today announced that Archie Bennett, Jr., Ashford's Chairman Emeritus, has been named an honoree of the Dallas Business Journal's 2013 Outstanding Directors Awards for his many years of service and leadership to the Company.

The award will be presented to Mr. Bennett at an awards dinner which will be held at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on May 30, 2013.  Mr. Bennett will also be featured with all honorees in a special publication in the May 31st issue of the Dallas Business Journal. 

Archie Bennett, Jr. served as Chairman of Ashford since its formation in August 2003 until January 19, 2013, when he assumed the role of Chairman Emeritus which allows him to provide his expertise and insights to the Company on various initiatives and projects.  Today, Ashford has over $4 billion in assets and has outperformed its peer average in total shareholder returns on a trailing basis consistently over the past nine years.

Monty J. Bennett, Ashford's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented "I am pleased that my father, Archie Bennett, Jr., has received this recognition for his many contributions to Ashford's success.  His vast experience and industry acumen have been instrumental to the Company's total shareholder return outperformance versus our peers since our initial public offering in August, 2003.  On behalf of the Company and the Board of Directors, I want to congratulate him on receiving this award and thank him for his contributions and dedication to our continued success."

The award program, in conjunction with the National Association of Corporate Directors and sponsored by Ernst & Young, Bank of America and Haynes and Boone, honors directors from Dallas-based nonprofits, public and private companies.

Ashford is a self-administered real estate investment trust focused on investing in the hospitality industry across all segments and at all levels of the capital structure.  Additional information can be found on the Company's website at

Follow Chairman and CEO Monty Bennett on Twitter at or @MBennettAshford.

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SOURCE Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.