Papa Doug Manchester is chairman of Manchester Financial Group. He is a true industrialist with accomplishments on a national and international scale in telecommunications, radio broadcast, medical instrumentation, publishing, and real estate development. Papa Doug is considered the “father” of the San Diego Convention Center after his generous contribution of the property for its development. The completion of the second largest Marriott and Hyatt hotels in the world anchored its success and paved the way to the vast downtown redevelopment that continues to this day. In addition to the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina and the Manchester Grand Hyatt, Papa Doug’s investment and development projects include The Grand Del Mar Resort & Spa, Manchester Executive Center, Manchester Financial Building and soon a convention center hotel in Austin, Texas. Papa Doug was the catalyst for the now famous Biotech cluster at Torrey Pines.
Papa Doug is a graduate of San Diego State University and a former trustee of the University of San Diego and Wake Forest University. He is the founder of the San Diego chapter of the Alexis de Toqueville Society and currently serves as a member of The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Board of Trustees. In 2013 he was named "Nice Guy of the Year" for his four decades of charitable giving by the Nice Guys organization. In 1973 he joined Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and co-founded its San Diego chapter, as well as the Idaho, Rio Platte and the Vietnam chapters. He has served as chairman of the San Diego chapter and was voted Man-of-the-Year. He joined CEO in 1992 and served as a member of the Board and chaired the Vatican College.
Papa Doug has five children and 12 grandchildren. He enjoys golf, tennis, marathon running, heli-skiing, traveling, and "making positive memories."