Sr. Vice President

He’s Anthony Menna’s “Right Hand Man”

Ian Larson joined Menna Development and Management (MDM) in 2011 to oversee the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater as General Manager where he was responsible and accountable for all phases of Hotel Operations. However, it wasn’t long before Anthony Menna discovered the gem he had in Ian.

Ian’s abilities to lead and manage people effectively, efficiently and with great empathy, while also keeping all aspects of the hotel running smoothly and at optimum efficiency led him into the Area General Manager position.

Shortly after that he was named the Vice President of MDM. He received another promotion in 2017, when he was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President of MDM.

Ian Larson (cont'd.)

Mr. Larson’s responsibilities as Senior Vice President include the development and management of hotels, commercial development projects, special projects, real estate projects and corporate direction in coordination with the Chairman, Anthony Menna.

Ian began in the Hotel Industry in 1988 with the Stouffer Hotel Brand. Hotels are his business, it’s all he’s ever done since graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Marketing and International Business).

Throughout his illustrious career, he’s managed a wide range of hotels, including full-service luxury resorts, extended stay properties and select service hotels from Seattle to Atlanta. Notable brands that he managed include Stouffer Hotels and Resorts, Renaissance Hotels and Resorts, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, and Quorum Hotels and Resorts. He’s also worked with brands such as Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, Intercontinental and Radisson Hotels.


With his extensive background in hotel operations, Mr. Larson has also been called upon as a consultant for hotels such as the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel and Casino, the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in Denver, the Hilton Mesa Hotel (Phoenix) and the Sheraton Pleasanton Hotel (CA).


Ian’s hotel management style has not gone unnoticed by his peers. He has been recognized on numerous occasions for his management over the years.

Here’s just a few:

  • 1997, Manager of the Quarter, Renaissance Vinoi Resort
  • 2000, Manager of the Year, Tampa Marriott Westshore,
  • 2004, Manager of the Year, Evergreen Conference Center
  • 2009, Guest Satisfaction Award, Quorum Hotel Tampa


He is currently involved with organizations such as the Marriott Business Council for Tampa/St. Petersburg, Visit Tampa Bay, Visit St. Pete-Clearwater, the Westshore Alliance in Tampa, various local Chambers of Commerce, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Pinellas County Chapter.

On a Personal Note...

Ian’s interest in international business had some basis in his early years. He was born into a military family and made his entrance into the world on an Army base in Nuremburg Germany. By the time he was 18 years old, he’d lived in eleven different places. Though he’s traveled extensively in his life, he’s made Florida his permanent home since he arrived here fifteen years ago.


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