Jim Connelly is the President, U.S. Eastern Region, Full-Service Hotels MxM for Marriott International. In this role, Jim has responsibility for over 145 hotels that include Luxury, Premium and Gaylord brands. He also heads Marriott’s Global Golf Division and represents the company for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Prior to his current role, Jim served in many senior leadership positions, most recently as the Chief Operations Officer for the Eastern Region. As COO, he guided key strategic initiatives throughout the region with specific focus on the New York City market. He helped lead the region through the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on restructuring plans, workouts and owner/investor priorities.
Jim also served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Owner Services in both the West and East Regions, with responsibility for hotels in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Arizona, Iowa and Minnesota. In this role, he led General Managers through key business initiatives and brand goals. He also supported many of Marriott’s key ownership accounts in portfolio management.
Prior to that, he held the role of Chief Financial Officer for The Americas. In this position, he worked in partnership with Americas leadership and corporate disciplines to focus on driving profitability and growth across the continent.
As Chief Financial Officer for the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company from 2007-2009, Jim played a critical role in the development of global financial and operational business strategies that supported the growth and competitiveness of the brand.
Jim earned his undergraduate Accounting degree from Stockton University and completed his Master’s in Business Administration at Northeastern University.