CEO, O’CONNELL HOTEL GROUP
WHY: 50+ years in hospitality business, in 2020 opened Anaheim’s first fourdiamond resort not on Disney grounds. 12-story project cost topping $300M, JW Marriott Anaheim Resort counts 466- rooms next to the Anaheim Gardenwalk shopping center.
RECENT: Aug. 19 opening, initially planned to open March 16. Pandemic quickly halted plans. Disneyland’s two theme parks closed its doors indefinitely two days prior to the Marriott’s initial opening date. Catering to staycationers in initial months, until theme parks reopen.
NOTABLE: When its collection of restaurants, bars, meeting rooms and other amenities are fully operating, it will employ north of 200 people.
2020 HOBBIES: “My dog walks have gotten a lot longer, and every closet in our house is now organized.”