Company Leadership

Company Leadership

John Russell
John J. Russell Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
John J. Russell, Jr. joined RLHC as Interim Chief Executive Officer in December 2019 and was appointed permanent CEO in June 2020. Mr. Russell is an expert on hotel brand growth with 40 years of hospitality experience including a proven history of growing franchise sales. He was most recently President and Chief Operating Officer with Sentry Hospitality. His responsibilities included overseeing operations, finance, and marketing for resorts, lifestyle hotels, and executive conference centers. Additional positions held during his successful career include Chairman and CEO or Senior Executive for companies including ITT Sheraton, Days Inn of America, Carlson Companies, Benchmark Hospitality, HFS, Cendant, RCI, Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown, and Russell (Partner), NYLO Hotels, MODO Hotels, and CampusBrands. Mr. Russell served as Chairman of the American Hotel and Lodging Association along with serving two terms as President of the Hospitality Sales Marketing Association. Mr. Russell is a graduate of West Point, United States Military Academy.
Gary Kohn
Gary Kohn
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Gary A. Kohn joined RLH Corporation as Chief Financial Officer in May 2020. Kohn brings more than 30 years of progressive experience and demonstrated success in driving shareholder value and leading high-performance teams. Prior to joining RLHC, Mr. Kohn was the founder and principal of GAK Advisors, an investor relations and financial consulting firm. Mr. Kohn held roles of Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Investor Relations at Westmoreland Coal Company, and served as the Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer for Intrepid Potash. Mr. Kohn also held leadership positions at companies including First Data, Western Union, and Ciber. Mr. Kohn received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Northern Colorado in 1988 and was a licensed Certified Public Accountant from 1989 through 2000.
Harry Sladich
Harry Sladich
Executive Vice President, Lodging Development & Franchise Operations
Sladich serves as EVP for Lodging Development & Franchise Operations for Red Lion Hotels Corporation and oversees the companywide franchise sales, franchise operations and owner initiatives for more than 1,100 hotels Nationwide and in three countries. Sladich served on two prominent national industry boards, including the U.S. Travel Association and Destination & Travel Foundation Board of Trustees. A 40-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Sladich has also served as President and CEO of the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) where he played a key role in selling the City of Spokane and Washington State to prospective meeting planners, associations and individual travelers. Sladich has served as EVP for Hotel Operations for RLHC, overseeing 26 owned and managed hotels along with the corporations Global Sales team prior to his recent position.  He has also served in the capacity of Vice President, Regional Operations Manager, VP of Sales, General Manager, and other front-line positions with extensive experience in rooms division, sales and food and beverage for hotel developers and operators of multiple franchises nationwide including Sterling Hospitality, Sheraton, IHG, Hilton and Choice hotels.
Judi Jarvis
Judi Jarvis
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Judi Jarvis joined RLH Corporation in 2016 and serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel. A practicing lawyer for over 30 years, Jarvis oversees in-house and external legal resources on matters such as franchising and franchisee relations; technology and other vendor agreements; and industry matters. Prior to joining RLH Corporation, Jarvis was Chief Legal Officer for Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc., for eight years.  Before that, she was in private practice, representing public and private companies in the hospitality and other industries. Jarvis clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Claims Court after graduating from the University of Miami School of Law, with honors, in 1989. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the Law School’s Inter-American Law Review and is a Member of the Order of the Coif. Jarvis earned her B.A. from New York University in 1981. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Nova University College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, where she currently teaches a Franchising Law Workshop and previously has taught Securities Regulation, Gambling Law, and other seminars and workshops. She is a member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys and the ABA Forum on Franchising. 
John Edwards
John Edwards
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
John Edwards joined RLH Corporation as Chief Information Officer in 2015 bringing over 20 years of  hospitality industry experience in both Hotel Operations and Hospitality Information Technology.  Edwards oversees all areas of systems and technology strategy, design, support, selection and implementation for the company. Prior to RLH Corporation, Edwards held senior roles at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Dolce Hotels & Resorts, Millennium Hotels & Resorts and John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. He is highly regarded among his peers for pushing the envelope with solutions that enhance not only operational needs of his hotels, but also impact the guest’s experience.
Chris Trick
Christopher E. Trick
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
Christopher E. Trick joined RLH Corporation as Chief Marketing Officer in September 2020, leading Brand Marketing, Loyalty, Global Sales, Distribution and Revenue Management Services. Mr. Trick brings more than 20 years of experience building brand value and advancing franchise growth initiatives, much of it in the economy through upper-midscale hotel segments, and he has been recognized for revitalizing brands through product innovation from conception to implementation. He has held a number of senior marketing roles in the hotel and real estate segments, focused on brand marketing and market share growth at companies including Realogy Franchise Group, Marriott International, Wyndham Hotel Group, La Quinta Inns and Intercontinental Hotels Group.  Mr. Trick holds Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.
Jordan Langlois
Jordan Langlois
Senior Vice President, Franchise Operations

Jordan Langlois has been with RLH Corporation for 3 years, with prior positions with Vantage Hospitality Group since 2002.  With nearly 20 years in the hospitality arena, Langlois has extensive industry experience and a wealth of industry knowledge, including Hotel Operations, Revenue Management, Project Management, CRM, & Training & Education

Moving quickly through the ranks of RLH Corporation, Langlois oversees the Franchise Operations Support division to effectively manage the business relationship between the hotelier/franchisee and corporate, while also ensuring that RLH Corporation’s hoteliers are receiving a solid Return on Invested Capital (ROIC).  Langlois has been instrumental in the incredible growth of RLH Corporation’s portfolio of hotels and manages the Brand’s select-service Brand Advisory Boards.

A 2001 magna cum laude graduate of Marshall University with a degree in Marketing & Communications, Langlois is a past recipient of Lodging magazine’s Innovator of the Year award and is an active member in AH&LA  & AAHOA hotel organizations.

Pat Schneider
Pat Schneider
Senior Vice President, People & Culture
Pat’s career is best summarized by guiding industry-leading companies through times of change and inspiring people to align with corporate objectives. By leveraging data, diversity, and the human spirit, Pat’s companies have routinely been recognized as top places to work. Currently SVP of People & Culture for RLHC, Pat is responsible for all things related to people including culture, business strategy, benefits, compensation, compliance, diversity/inclusion, administration, and safety. Previously, Pat was Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Lead HR Business Partner for the technology and operations departments at OppenheimerFunds. In this role, Pat partnered with employees from all levels and locations in areas related to human capital, organization, individual performance, employee relations, change management, and overall strategy. Pat received national recognition for his innovative approach to employee engagement at the EXImpact Employee Engagement Summit and was recognized by HRO Magazine as an HR Superstar in 2019. He earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in Organizational Performance and Change from Colorado State University. During his time at Colorado State University, he was published in The Praeger Handbook of Human Resources Management. Throughout his 25-year tenure in Human Resources, Pat has worked for industry leaders in hospitality, security, and financial services. As a result, he partnered with leaders and employees in New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Denver, Dallas, Colorado Springs, Seattle, Spokane, Coral Springs, and Los Angeles.