Edward Mace is the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Mace Pacific Holding Company. Prior to founding Mace Pacific, Mace had a successful career with some of the most iconic hotel brands in the industry.
From 2001 to 2006, Edward Mace was President of RockResorts, the legendary hotel brand that grew out of a series resorts developed by Laurance Rockefeller beginning in the 1950s. Vail Resorts (NYSE:MTN) acquired RockResorts in 2001 and immediately appointed Mace to develop and operate the owned and managed hotels within the luxury brand as well as the growth of the management company. In addition to his responsibilities for RockResorts, he served as President of Vail Resorts Lodging Company overseeing the portfolio of independent hotels, condominium rental programs, private clubs and the Grand Teton Lodge Company (operating hotels and facilities under agreement with the U.S. National Park Service.) While at RockResorts, he guided the rebuilding and repositioning of the brand, achieving recognition by Condé Nast Traveler with three hotels on the Gold List. Of the company’s ten hotels, nine were affiliated with leading independent luxury hotel associations: three Leading Hotels of the World, three Preferred Hotels & Resorts, two Historic Hotels of America and one Small Luxury Hotel. Seven properties and five restaurants in its portfolio were recognized with either Mobil 4-Star or AAA 4-Diamond ratings.
Prior to Vail Resorts, Mace was President and CEO of Fairmont Hotels. After overseeing nearly $300 million in renovations to some of the brand’s most iconic hotels including The Plaza in New York and The Fairmont in San Francisco, Mace led a merger with Canadian Pacific Hotels (CP) to form the largest luxury hotel company in North America. The combined company owned and/or managed 37 hotels. Following the merger, he was appointed President of Fairmont’s U.S/Mexico Division. In addition to his leadership of the brand and oversight of Fairmont’s prominent U.S. city hotels, his responsibilities included several iconic resorts including the Scottsdale Princess, Fairmont Kea Lani in Hawaii and the Acapulco Princess and Pierre Marques in Mexico. Mace’s career Fairmont began in 1996 as EVP before becoming COO and later appointed CEO. In 2000, he was named Vice Chairman of the combined company and led the company’s global growth strategy and development.
Previously, Mace was a partner at KPMG, President/Managing Partner of an international property investment joint venture between Lincoln Property Company and GE Capital and the head of Lincoln’s hotel company. Mace began his career at the predecessor firm to KPMG after graduating with distinction from Cornell University where he received a B.S. in Hotel Administration.