Though Walsh grew up in Bangor, Maine, his family has had a presence in Florida for almost 50 years. His father, Thomas T. Walsh, entered the hospitality business in 1969 with the purchase of Plaza Motel in Brewer, Maine. In the 1970s, Thomas Walsh became a partner in the former Holiday Inn at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

From there, Thomas Walsh’s interests in hotels grew throughout Maine and other parts of the U.S. He eventually returned to Florida to build the former Holiday Inn in downtown Bradenton along the Manatee River. In 2001, Ocean Properties Hotels, Resorts & Affiliates purchased the Hilton in Longboat Key.

Today, Ocean Properties is Florida’s largest hotel management and development company. The company owns and/or operates more than 125 hotels in the U.S. and Canada. Brands include Marriott, Hilton, Starwood Intercontinental as well as independent hotels and resorts.

Michael Walsh attended the University of Maine before joining the family business that he runs along with his three brothers and his sister. Though Ocean Properties has interests throughout North America, Walsh spends most of his time at the company headquarters in Delray Beach.

George Aguel

Visit Orlando

Jim Allen

Hard Rock International

Michael Brown

Wyndham Destinations

Blake Casper

Caspers CO

Allison Casper

Caspers CO

Frank J. Del Rio

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Arnold Donald


Carol Dover

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Robert Earl

Planet Hollywood

Richard Fain

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Michelle Fee

Cruise Planners

Maryann Ferenc

Mise en Place Hospitality Group

Don Fox

Firehouse of America

David Grutman

Groot Hospitality

Randy Hassen

McKibbon Hospitality

Gene Lee

Darden Restaurants

Kim Lopdrup

Red Lobster Seafood

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Celebrity Cruises

Julian MacQueen


Tom McAlpin

Virgin Voyages

Richard Millard

Trust Hospitality

Alice Norsworthy

Universal Parks & Resorts

Marcellus Osceola Jr.

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Lou Plasencia

Plasencia Group

Gene Prescott

Seaway Hotels

Mary Rogers

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Stephen Sawitz

Joe's Stone Crab

Daniel Schwartz

Restaurant Brands International

Jeff Vahle

Disney World Resort

Marcel Verbaas

Xenia Hotels & Resorts

Michael Walsh

Ocean Properties Hotels

Steve Weisz

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Tom Williams

Universal Parks & Resorts