Home Alumni Fred Kleisner

Fred joined the Board of Trustees in October 2017 and is a member from Michigan State University, where he served as House Steward as an undergraduate. In 2017 he was awarded the Merit Key recognizing his significant service to SAE and currently serves on the SAE Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from MSU’s School of Hospitality Business. He also has an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Wheeling Jesuit University. Fred has over 50 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He is currently an Independent Director of several public and private equity companies, including Ashford Hospitality Trust, Athora Holdings LTD, Bermuda, and NR International. Fred and his wife, Johnna, live on Bainbridge Island, Washington. They have four children and seven grandchildren. In his free time, Fred enjoys being active, spending time outdoors, fly fishing, reading, and mentoring. He describes himself as a fitness enthusiast, wilderness advocate, and life-long learner. In addition to serving on the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees, Fred is also a member of the MSU Hospitality Advisory Board and The IslandWood School Board of Trustees, where he serves as the Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer.