Michael has been an executive or principal, with 30 years of experience, for the development or construction of $2+ billion of projects in 40 countries throughout the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa. He has development, construction and real estate management executive and principal experience in development organizations, acquisitions and dispositions, general construction, project and construction management, owner representation, design and engineering management, project finance and cost management. Projects managed and developed include luxury resorts and hotels, retail complexes, luxury custom homes and condominiums, world-class restaurants, office buildings, and heavy industrial facilities.
Michael managed the development and construction of the Hyatt Grand Champion Resort in Indian Wells, California and the historic renovation of a number of major hotels throughout the United States, including the first Hilton Hotel (in Dallas) and the Hotel Thayer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He built dozens of signature restaurants and over 100 luxury homes and condominiums in Newport Beach and San Mateo, California and the award-winning Residences at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, California.
As Director of Development for Planet Hollywood International, he managed a worldwide development program of over 40 restaurant and retail projects while based in Singapore for three years. He was the Project Director for a finalist bidder for the $4.5 billion Sentosa Island Integrated Resort in Singapore. He was the Project Director for the 1 million square foot East Village Las Vegas retail and commercial complex, which was fully entitled, designed and pre-leased, and the land successfully sold.
Michael has led the design and development teams for highly complex hotel and resort entitlements, including those for the Mandarin Oriental Great Wall Resort on a 3,500 acre site near Beijing surrounded by 20 Km of the Great Wall of China, the Raffles Te Hapua Lodge on a 600 acre site on Lake Taupo, New Zealand and the Chateau de Villepreux, which was King Louis XIV's hunting lodge and estate within the Grand Park of Versailles near Paris.
Prior to turning his attention to hospitality, commercial and residential development, Michael was the project manager for over $2 billion of heavy industrial projects in the United States, Canada and Australia.