Michael A. Leven
President and Chief Operating Officer,
Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Michael A. Leven is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Aquarium and was the Vice Chairman of the Marcus Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, Inc. Mr. Leven was previously the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US Franchise Systems, Inc. (USFS), which franchises the Microtel Inn & Suites and Hawthorn Suites hotel brands. Prior to forming USFS in 1995, he was president and chief operating officer of Holiday Inn Worldwide. During his five-year tenure, Mr. Leven oversaw the launch and significant growth of the new Holiday Inn Express brand. From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Leven was president of Days Inn of America. Mr. Leven led the company through a reorganization resulting in significant growth from a regional chain to one of the largest brands in the world. Mr. Leven is a co-founder of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) which now has over 7,000 members. Mr. Leven serves on the boards of The Marcus Institute and the Georgia Aquarium. Mr. Leven holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a Master of Science from Boston University.