MICHAEL ZISLISOwnerOwner, Michael Zislis, a native of Palos Verdes, California, was only 13 years old when he brewed his first beer for a science experiment at school. By the time he was an economics major at the University of Southern California, he was a master brewer. Possessing an insatiable entrepreneurial spirit, Zislis opened a brewery fabrication company and started building breweries all over the world. Zislis parlayed his brewing experience into opening several successful restaurants, including Brewco, Rock & Brews, and Rock'N Fish. In 2004, Zislis opened Shade Hotel. Listed as Conde Nast Traveler's #6 reason to visit Los Angeles, the wildly successful luxury boutique hotel also landed on the prestigious publication's Hot List for 2007, one of only 19 U.S. properties named. In 2011, The Strand House opened, a highly acclaimed restaurant featuring farm fresh fine dining in an environment that is reminiscent of an elegant yet welcoming oceanfront beach house, complete with stunning ocean views. Always hungry for new adventures, in October 2016, we opened a second Shade Hotel location just down the coast in Redondo Beach and in 2019 created the first Multi-Concept Brewery and Food Hall, The Brews Hall in Torrance, CA.
"Success means nothing if it is not shared with others who are less fortunate," says Michael. "I am grateful that my successes have afforded me the opportunity to do so."
SHAUNNA HATCHERSenior Vice President of OperationsA Manhattan Beach native, Shaunna started her career in hospitality managing nightclubs in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, but she couldn't stay away long. In 2003 she moved back to Southern California to attend UCLA. Shaunna joined the Shade Hotel events team in 2007, was promoted to Food & Beverage Director and then General Manager in 2013. Shaunna is now the VP of Operations for Zislis Group. "Hospitality allows me to take care of people-both guests and my team- for a living. Taking care of others and being of service is the ultimate 'Career' because the more you give, the more you receive. It's the ultimate 'win-win'. When Shaunna is not working, you can find her exercising and meditating on the beach. Her favorite dish is the Ciopinno at Rock'n Fish, with any Strand House dessert to finish!