Elvin Lai

Elvin Lai

Vice Chair

San Diego Native Elvin Lai is a fourth generation owner-operator of the 72 room Ocean Park Inn hotel in Pacific Beach since 2003. Elvin is not only passionate about his family and community, but also an active member of the hotel community serving as President of the San Diego County Hotel and Motel Association, Board Chair of the California Hotel and Lodging Association, and past board member of both the San Diego Tourism Marketing District, and of the San Diego Tourism Authority. Additionally, Elvin also serves and is a past President of the Pacific Beach Business Improvement District called Discover PB. As an entrepreneur with four different businesses in three different sectors, Elvin’s greatest passions are to build relationships, support the growth of our economy and tourism industry, and working to better our community for future generations. In addition to his hotel, Elvin refers to himself as a "serial entrepreneur" with many profitable exits and turn-arounds. He is currently working on HOTELbeat.com, Abnormal Company Beer and Wine, and a restaurant called The Cork and Craft @ Abnormal.

He has also served on the San Diego Parking Advisory Board and the Mayor’s API Advisory Board.

Elvin has a Bachelor in Biology and minor in Chemistry from the University of San Diego.

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