Continuing a Connecticut family history in the shipping industry dating back to 1816, Charles Mallory co-founded one of the nation’s leading shipping brokerage firms, MJLF, in 1979. In his 30 years with the Stamford, Connecticut-based company, he brokered the sale, purchase, and charter of some of the world’s largest tankers.
In 1999 Mallory fulfilled a life-long dream of being in the hotel and restaurant business when he founded the Greenwich Hospitality Group (GHG) which now owns and operates boutique hotels and restaurants in and outside of Connecticut.
The first brand Mallory created, Delamar Hotels, is currently building the third location, a ground up project, opening in West Hartford, with the first two thriving in Greenwich and Southport CT.
Delamar hotel restaurants have both earned the top rating from the New York Times and the new restaurants opened at both the Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk and coming soon in Danbury, Connecticut and the Holland Hotel in Alpine, Texas were hotly anticipated and led by well known chefs in the region.
In 2015, Mallory brought the iconic Four Columns, in Newfane VT back to life after it had closed two years prior. When it first opened in 1965 it was the first true farm to table restaurant and luminaries such as Mick Jagger, Sting, and Michael Douglas were counted among guests over the years.
Mallory serves on the boards of the Mystic Seaport Museum, America’s premier maritime museum, the Shelburne Museum, and the William Pitt Foundation.
When I was in college I was on the show “The Dating Game” and was asked what I wanted to do in life. I said I wanted to be in the hotel and restaurant business. It took 30 years but I’m doing what I always dreamed of doing.
CHARLES MALLORY: I read and was totally inspired by the book, “Don’t Stop the Carnival,” by Herman Wouk.
MW: Given your success — how should someone handle failure?
CM: Learn from the mistakes, regroup, rebuild
MW: Best advice you ever received — what was it and who from?
CM: William Pitt, a real estate personality taught me the time to make a deal is when you have a customer.
MW: How should a person handle getting older?
CM: I surround myself with young people who can learn from me and who I can learn from, especially in the area of technology.
MW: If you had one mulligan to take in your past activities — what would it be?
CM: I wish I had gotten a business degree at an earlier age. Learning the nuts and bolts of creating a business and the financial engineering necessary for the growth of a business sooner would have given me the chance to build more, create even more jobs and help revive more communities.
MW: You are involved with different properties located in New England. What makes the area compelling in your mind?
CM: New England has a vast wealth of intelligent people and it is geographically close and easy to move between our properties. It also combines the best qualities of the historic fabric of New England and contemporary visio
MW: Clearly, you have done numerous things in your life — what remains on your bucket list to do?
CM: I want to combine my love of travel, food, vintage cars and artwork and create destination tours that might include visits to our properties and others I admire.
MW: Define the word success.
CM: Creating something permanent and beautiful that positively impacts other people’s lives.
MW: Your biggest pet peeve is what?
CM: Waste in government on a local, state and federal level. Also people spending too much time on the internet and not actually smelling the roses.
MW: Complete the sentence — Charles Mallory is –
CM: A serial entrepreneur with diverse interests.