Ericka L. Ayles is a member, Managing Director, and the Chief Financial Officer for Brookwood and the Chief Financial Officer for Yesway. In addition, Ms. Ayles serves as Brookwood Securities’ Financial and Operational Principal, overseeing Brookwood’s regulatory financial reporting. Ms. Ayles is also a member of Brookwood’s and Yesway’s Executive and Investment Committees. Ms. Ayles oversees all of Brookwood’s and Yesway’s financial operations, accounting, tax reporting, budgeting, audit, and cash management processes, as well as banking relationships and the implementation of financial and risk management strategies for Brookwood and its affiliated entities. Ms. Ayles analyzes the impact of acquisitions, potential sales, property re-financings, and other upcoming capital requirements to make strategic recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer for investor distributions while ensuring adequate levels of reserves. She also oversees the firm’s corporate financial planning function and quarterly financial reporting to its investors and is responsible for the development and maintenance of adequate internal controls. Prior to joining Brookwood, Ms. Ayles worked for JDJ Family Office Services, a private financial and administrative service company for high-net-worth families and individuals, where she was a client manager providing accounting, tax coordination and planning, estate planning, financial management, and business consulting services to a portfolio of clients. From 2002 until 2014, Ms. Ayles worked at New Boston Fund, Inc., where she was a Vice President of Portfolio and Financial Reporting. Ms. Ayles began her career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP as an Associate and Senior Associate focusing on technology and higher education clients. She is a member of the Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee for the Northeast Hospital Corporation. In 2019, she was recognized as a Senior Level Leader in the annual CS- News “Top Women in Convenience” awards program. In 2021, she was recognized as a Woman of the Year in the annual CS-News “Top Women in Convenience” awards program.
Ms. Ayles is a graduate of Bryant College. In 2017, she completed the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.