My History

A living testament to hard work paying off, Papa Doug is a renowned real estate tycoon and hotelier responsible for some of the most powerful advances in the city of San Diego. Focused on finishing jobs on time, on budget, and with an eye for civic and environmental responsibility; Papa Doug’s empire is built on a foundation of passion and dedication to improving the world around him.

A key influencer in the inception of the wildly successful San Diego Convention Center, Papa Doug’s vision of creating a veritable convention-meets-hospitality complex on the picturesque San Diego bay front has turned into a reality. With landmark properties like the towering Manchester Grand Hyatt and the elegant The Grand Del Mar Resort, his goal to beautify and financially benefit the city he loves so much has undeniably been achieved. With San Diego as a shining success, Papa Doug often turns his attention to the rest of the country to transform skylines near and far.

Papa Doug founded Manchester Financial Group in 1970, through which he has accomplished his developmental success. Over forty years later, MFG still stands as an industry force to be reckoned with and a model for businesses giving back. In late 2011, Papa Doug acquired The San Diego Union-Tribune from Platinum Equity. Now dubbed U-T San Diego, the media empire stands at the forefront of San Diego journalism with a burgeoning digital following and impressive subsidiaries like and Enlace.