Mark L. Tamis ’88

Mark Tamis, a veteran in the hospitality industry, serves as the Chief Operating Officer of The Setai Hotels and Resorts.  For over 20 years he has lead hotels and resorts, both luxury and boutique, to deliver an engaging experience for its guests, employees, owners and investors.

Mark draws on his expertise in the luxury and boutique/lifestyle markets and integrates the two to deliver the ultimate experience for guests visiting The Setai properties. Mr. Tamis is currently responsible for expanding the Setai Hotel brand worldwide while creating value for each individual property.

Mark commenced in the industry and found success within Four Seasons Hotels winning several awards and accolades as an upper-level manager, including the prestigious AAA 5 Diamond Award at Four Seasons Hotels in Newport Beach, CA, Santa Barbara, CA and Nevis, West Indies.  He later served as Area Vice President for Ian Schrager Hotels where he was responsible in overseeing Delano and The Shore Club hotels. Ian Schrager Hotels became Morgans Hotel Group and Mondrian South Beach was added to the portfolio of hotels under Mr. Tamis’ direct oversight in Miami Beach. Most recently and prior to joining The Setai Hotels and Resorts, Mr. Tamis served as Executive Vice President for the New York based Ian Schrager Company.

Mark is a graduate of Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration in 1988.  At Cornell, Mark was a member of both the Wrestling and Sprint Football teams.  His civic duties included being the 4 year Co Chairman of NCAA Volunteers for Youth, a Big Brother -  Big Sister program whom the “Big” siblings were all NCAA athletes matched with local kids in need.  For his work with NCAA Volunteers for Youth, Mark was awarded the Paul Hunt Citizenship Award in 1988.

Mark has continued his civic responsibilities post Cornell and since 1980 has volunteered with Special Olympics and has served on the Board of Governors for both Southern California and Miami Dade County, Florida.  In Southern California, Mark served on the Board of The John Wooden Classic with Coach Wooden for 5 years, which benefited Special Olympics.

In 2000, Mark and his daughter Isabella founded Dads for Giving; www.dadsforgiving.org is an organization that has Dads volunteering with their children to benefit the community in which they live.

Mark is the proud father of Isabella (11), Harry (9) and Ricky (9) and married to Amanda Mehler Tamis, Cornell ’90 since Amanda’s graduation in 1990!

From the archives:

Mark L. Tamis '88: Hotel; Hotel Administration; Chi Psi; Cornell, NCAA Volunteeers for Youth (Student Director); Ltwt. Football.