Michael Zhu has been applying a comprehensive analytical skill set while exploiting a unique cultural background, and leveraging his in-depth development and operational experience in the gaming, leisure, and hospitality industries. Michael is recognized as a featured winner in Global Gaming Business’ Class of 2015 “40 Under 40” that represents the next generation of leaders in the gaming industry, and he also sits on the advisory board for Asia Gaming Brief.
Based in the firm’s Denver office, Michael is in charge of a diverse set of project initiatives, including feasibility studies, market assessments, business analysis, and operational optimization. His main focus is on large-scale integrated resort developments and operations in the Asia-Pacific and European markets, with high profile assignments completed in Macau, Singapore, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Georgia, Laos, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Vietnam, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and various locations in the United States.
Michael started expanding his professional horizons within the United States at Las Vegas Sands Corporation, where he established his expertise in strategic planning, business analysis, financial modeling, and operational excellence in the full domain of casino, hotel, food and beverage, MICE, entertainment, retail, and cross-functional businesses at a global level. Prior to his years at LVS, Michael worked in various management positions for hospitality agencies and companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Michael holds a Master of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from the prestigious School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Peking University in China. He was a Fellow of the United States National Committee on U.S. – China Relations in Washington, DC and of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Michael speaks fluent Mandarin and Shanghai dialect.