Martin elected to Gaylord board

Gaylord Entertainment has announced that R. Brad Martin has joined the Company’s Board of Directors effective immediately.Martin has served as Chairman of the Board of Saks Incorporated since 1989, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until January 2006. During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, Saks Incorporated became one of the largest retail enterprises in the United States, with peak annual revenues in excess of $6 billion.

“Brad is a world-class business executive with extensive experience in creating and sustaining brands and building shareholder value,” said Colin V. Reed, chairman and CEO of Gaylord Entertainment. “We know his counsel will prove invaluable as we continue to grow our core hospitality business.”

Martin has served on a variety of civic and charitable boards. He also serves as director of First Horizon Corporation, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., and Pilot Travel Centers.

“I am thrilled to join the Board of Gaylord Entertainment,” said Martin. “I have followed what Colin and his team have done in transforming the company into a top-performing, national hotel company and look forward to participating in the future growth of the organization.”

Martin is a graduate of The University of Memphis and holds an MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He served five terms as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives and holds the distinction of being the youngest person ever elected to the Tennessee General Assembly.