Harris Rosen

President and Chief Operating Officer

Harris RosenHarris Rosen is president and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts and is Florida's largest independent hotelier. Founded in 1974, Rosen Hotels & Resorts currently features a collection of seven Central Florida hotels offering a total of more than 6,300 guest rooms, approximately six percent of the Central Florida inventory.

Early Career

Born and raised on New York City's lower eastside, Rosen received a bachelor's of science degree in 1961 from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. He served for three years in the United States Army as an officer in Germany and South Korea, and then completed the Advanced Management course at the University of Virginia's Graduate School of Business on a Hilton Corp. Scholarship.

Rosen began his career at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City as a convention salesman. He continued with the Hilton Hotel Corporation occupying various management positions in some of the larger Hilton hotels. He worked as the Director of Food and Beverage Operations at the Pittsburgh Hilton; the Assistant General Manager at the Buffalo Statler/Hilton; the Assistant General Manager at the Dallas Hilton; the Assistant General Manager at the New Yorker Hotel and the General Manager of the Cape Kennedy Hilton.

Rosen then joined the Post Company of Dallas as Director of Hotel Operations and while there was involved in the development and management of one of the finest resort properties in Acapulco. He left the Post Company after several years to join the Disney Company in California as Director of Hotel Planning. He was intimately involved in the design and development of the Contemporary Resort Hotel and the Polynesian Village Hotel both of which opened at Walt Disney World in Orlando in October of 1971.

Rosen Hotels & Resorts

In 1974 Rosen left Disney to purchase the 256-room Quality Inn on International Drive in Orlando. Today, with 728 rooms it is the second largest Quality Inn in the chain. Along the way, Rosen acquired the Rodeway Inn International with 315 rooms and subsequently purchased 14 acres on International Drive to build the Quality Inn Plaza which at 1,020 rooms was the largest Quality Inn in the nation. In 2010, the Quality Inn Plaza became the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando and the Rodeway Inn International became the Rosen Inn closest to Universal.

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