Bill Ross and Ernie Connor have announced their intention to retire from Mitchell Historic Properties, the company formed by the late Galveston entrepreneur, George P. Mitchell, which holds and manages Pier 21 and the historic structures Mitchell and his late wife, Cynthia, acquired and restored during their lifetimes.

Ross began working for MHP in 1998. As senior vice president and general manager, he was charged with overseeing the leasing, management and upkeep of about 20 commercial buildings and three hotels and was the public face of the organization.

Since 1998, Ernie Connor has directed the leasing operations as property manager of Mitchell Historic Properties.

“My father had a knack for spotting talent, believing in people’s abilities and letting them run,“ said Grant Mitchell, son of Cynthia and George Mitchell and president of Mitchell Historic Properties.

“Bill and Ernie are no exception. They have offered years of dedication and integrity to our organization. They are superior individuals and though they will both be dearly missed, we wish them and their families many fulfilling and joyous turns in the next chapters of their lives.”

Joe Rozier, who has led all capital projects as senior project manager for MHP since 2008, will assume the position of general manager.

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