Ashish R. Parikh has been Chief Financial Officer of Hersha Hospitality Trust (“HT”) since 1999. HT is a New York Stock Exchange listed publicly traded real estate investment trust that focuses on the ownership of midscale and upscale hotels in urban gateway markets. HT currently has ownership interests in 79 properties and focuses on premium branded hotels in the Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and Hyatt family of brands. Previously, Mr. Parikh was Assistant Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisition Group for Fleet Financial Group where he developed valuable expertise in numerous forms of capital raising activities including leveraged buyouts, bank syndications and venture financing. Mr. Parikh has also been employed by Tyco International, Ltd. and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Parikh received his M.B.A. from New York University and a B.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.