Ellis O'Connor -
Co-Founder & Asset Manager -
Ellis O’Connor co-founded and currently co-heads MSD Hospitality, the hospitality operations and asset management wing of MSD Capital L.P. – Real Estate. Significant assets under ownership and management include the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, and the Hualalai Resort both on the Big Island of Hawaii; and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica California. Additional third party consulting includes the Four Seasons Bora Bora a yet unnamed ground up development in Waikiki Beach, Oahu and most recently Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina.
Prior to joining MSD Ellis served as the General Manager of the iconic Santa Monica landmark property. Prior to his post at the Fairmont Miramar he served as the opening General Manager of Ian Schrager’s Gramercy Park Hotel. Previously, he spent ten years with Peninsula Hotels, mostly in Beverly Hills, partly in New York, as Hotel Manager.
Ellis began his career with Cunard Hotels and Resorts as an Assistant Manager with The Stafford Hotel in London and later transferred within the company to The Ritz London as Front Office Manager. During this time The Ritz was taken over by Mandarin Oriental which resulted in cross exposure with the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and hence the introduction to The Peninsula Group which he later joined.
Holding an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu California and a degree in Hotel Catering and Hospitality Management from Thames Valley University in London, England, Ellis currently serves as Secretary of Santa Monica Tourism and Travel, Board Member for British American Business Council, Board Member for Britweek, Board Member for Cinemagic and is also a Past Chairman of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Santa Monica CVB. Ellis is a member of the Santa Monica Chapter of YPO and sits on the Executive Team.
Ellis is married with three children and two dogs and resides in Encino, California.