EXECUTIVE VP, SALES & OPERATIONS
Phil Spiegel is a third-generation native San Franciscan with more than a decade of executive experience in the City’s thriving hospitality industry. He oversees all sales and business operations for the Julia Morgan Ballroom, the Merchants Exchange Club, Credo Restaurant and the Nob Hill Gazette. Phil is a graduate of the University of San Francisco’s McClaren School of Business. If you spend much time in San Francisco, you’ve probably met him.
EXECUTIVE VP, MARKETING & STRATEGY
Frank Holland has spent the better part of a decade steering business, nonprofit and government initiatives in the Bay Area and in Italy. He oversees marketing and strategic initiatives for the Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Club, Credo Restaurant and the Nob Hill Gazette. Frank holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.A. from UNC Chapel Hill and University of Siena in Italy. He has three kids and doesn’t sleep much. Forgive him.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Vicki Tom is Director of Operations for the Julia Morgan Ballroom, the Merchants Exchange Club and Credo Restaurant. She joined Merchants Exchange Productions after 19 years at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. A graduate of SF State University, Vicki holds a B.S. in Dietetics with a graduate certificate in hotel and restaurant management. Also, in case you’re wondering, she’s a dynamo.
Larry Finn’s star-studded culinary career has included extended stops at legendary establishments such as Café Gray, Morimoto and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Café in New York City. Larry made the trek to California to assume the helm of Scala’s Bistro before bringing his considerable talent to the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Larry holds a B.S. degree in Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales.
Join our team!
We’re always on the lookout for dedicated and passionate individuals who are striving to build their career in the hospitality industry.
If you’d like to be part of our best-in-class team, please inquire via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Owner: Clint Reilly
When Clint Reilly purchased the landmark Merchants Exchange from Walter Shorenstein in 1995, he had a conundrum on his hands. The old Commercial Club — for nearly 100 years a key gathering place for the city’s business and financial elite — had closed its doors, leaving the expansive 15th floor of the historic building empty. Reilly faced a choice: gut the badly dilapidated space entirely to make way for additional offices, or develop an alternative hospitality use that would allow him to retain the rich legacy of the space and further augment the status of the Merchants Exchange as a key hub of San Francisco meeting and event activity.
Reilly’s investment in the building’s 15th floor — including full massive floor-to-ceiling renovations to the ballroom, its adjacent bar and lounge, lobby and the 2007 construction of a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen — transformed the historic space into one of the City’s most coveted venues: the Julia Morgan Ballroom.
Named in honor of the building’s most celebrated tenant, the Ballroom is now one of San Francisco’s most breathtaking, technologically advanced and historically important special event venues. In addition to being the setting for some of the City’s most awe-inspiring weddings, the venue has hosted a wide range of heavy-hitters, including Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and John Kerry, Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, First Lady Michelle Obama, entertainers from Dave Matthews and Yao Ming to Jay Leno, and business luminaries such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Marc Benioff, Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk and many, many more.
To learn more about Clint Reilly and our combined companies, visit us at the Clint Reilly Organization.