Posted 9/17/2012 - 10:26:44 AM
Leven to Receive ALIS Lifetime Achievement Award
WASHINGTON, DC—Michael A. Leven, president/CEO, Las Vegas Sands Corporation, will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), Jan. 22-24, 2013, in Los Angeles. Leven is a veteran hospitality executive with more than 50 years in the business.
Prior to joining the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, he was the president/CEO of U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc., a company he founded in 1995, which developed and franchised the Microtel Suites and Hawthorn Suites hotel brands. Leven has served with many industry organizations throughout his career, including co-founding the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), which started with 12 members in 1989 and now has more than 9,300 members. Additionally, he is the former international president of the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and former chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Government Affairs Committee.
“We are thrilled to honor such an industry icon,” Burba, president, BHN, and chair of ALIS, said in a statement. “Not only was he a pioneer in the area of franchising, but he has made numerous contributions to the hospitality industry and the community during a career that has spanned more than 50 years.”