Owner, Chairman & Governor, Arizona Coyotes
President & CEO, Meruelo Group, LLC
Alex Meruelo became the Majority Owner, Chairman, and Governor of the Arizona Coyotes on July 29, 2019. Alex founded and oversees Meruelo Group LLC, which supports his still-growing family of companies across a variety of business sectors, including entertainment, gaming and hospitality, construction, real estate, banking, and food services.
Born in New York City to immigrants from Cuba, Alex grew up in the Los Angeles area. In 1985, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach.
Shortly after graduating, Alex established La Pizza Loca, a fast food pizza business focused on the needs and unique tastes of the local Latino community. From a single location in Huntington Park, California, Alex grew La Pizza Loca into a string of company-owned and franchised pizza restaurants well known across the Southern California Hispanic community.
Later, Alex expanded further in the food services industry through both Fuji Food Products, Inc., a national food manufacturing company that produces a diverse range of food products for retail customers, and Fujisan Franchising Corp. which franchises a fresh, handcrafted sushi and Asian food kiosk concept to independent franchisees throughout the United States.
Building further on his success, Alex assembled and developed a residential and commercial real estate portfolio with holdings throughout Southern California. Those investments led Alex to expand into construction through Meruelo Enterprises, Inc., owner of six utility construction companies with deep roots in building major private and public construction projects throughout Southern California.
An active investor, Alex currently sits on the board of Commercial Bank of California based in Irvine, California. His other business interests include the SAHARA Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, and a number of television and radio stations in Southern California.
Alex supports a wide range of philanthropic causes and institutions across the United States.
Alex and his wife have three children. Extremely proud to have become the only Hispanic majority owner in the history of the National Hockey League, Alex looks forward to helping the Coyotes grow the team's already expansive community involvement in the Valley - and to bringing a Stanley Cup to the state of Arizona.