About

Paul Ruffino - Chief Operating Officer - Hospitality Management Services Inc.

Paul Ruffino is an American hospitality/entertainment/business executive, best known for his deft counsel to some of the world’s most noted professionals in their respective fields.

In 2007, the Irvine Company urged his assistance in the development, sales & marketing of the Resort at Pelican Hill. His golden touch helped the Resort in its challenge to market the highest average daily rate, by any resort property in the world.

The high public profile of Ruffino often leads various associations to ask him for his guidance and mentorship. During his tenure at Pelican Hill, he also served as the President of the Orange County Film Commission (2007-2013) where he was instrumental in steering over five hundred million dollars annually to Orange County from film and media revenue.

Paul Ruffino has been honored by the University of Mexico, Citizen Recognition as Top 25 Foreign National Leaders, by ASTA as Top 25 Industry Leader Recognition and Hospitality Marketing Professional of the Year by IALHP. In 2013 Ruffino was awarded Hotelier of the Year by the BLLA. Paul is most honored by the recognition bestowed upon him by the Aga Kahn Trust for Culture.

Today Paul serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Hospitality Management Services where he is lending his expertise to lead the company he co-founded in 1985.