LVS President Michael Leven Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award
at Americas Lodging Investment Summit
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/23/13 -- The American Hotel &
Lodging Association and Burba Hotel Network presented Las Vegas Sands
(NYSE: LVS) President & COO, Michael A. Leven, with a Lifetime
Achievement Award today at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit
(ALIS) in Los Angeles.
The award is ALIS's highest honor, recognizing individuals with an
exemplary record of achievement in hospitality through research,
education, community outreach, and industry development.
A veteran hospitality executive, Mr. Leven has spent more than 50
years in the hotel business. Throughout his career, he has been
involved with numerous hospitality projects. He was previously the
president and COO of Holiday Inn Worldwide, president of Days Inn of
America, and president of Americana Hotels. Additionally, he was the
president and CEO of U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc., a company he
founded in 1995 that developed and franchised the Microtel Suites and
Hawthorn Suites hotel brands. He also co-founded the Asian American
Hotel Owners Association in 1989, helping grow the association from a
mere 12 members to 9,300 members today.
"Receiving the ALIS Lifetime Achievement Award is a very high honor
and no one is more deserving of this prestigious award than Mike,"
said Sheldon Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands. "Mike
Leven's career is distinguished by its reliability and ongoing
success and his philosophy of management will be valued by future
generations of hospitality leaders. I'm gratified that the
association has recognized his over 50 years of contributions to the
For an exclusive interview with Mike Leven, visit our corporate blog
-- www.sandsconfidential.com -- where we talk with Mike about his
over 50 years in the hotel business.
Over the years, Mr. Leven has received numerous awards. Besides the
ALIS's Lifetime Achievement Award, he was a recipient of the American
Association of Franchisees and Dealers Lifetime Achievement Award and
was previously named to HSMAI's Hot List of 25 Most Extraordinary
Sales & Marketing Minds in Hospitality & Travel. He also received the
UJA Federation of New York Hotel and Hospitality Award, the American
Jewish Committee Selig Distinguished Service Award, and the Georgia
Hospitality & Travel Association Spirit of Hospitality Award.
In addition to being a member of the Las Vegas Sands Board of
Directors, Mr. Leven also serves as a board member for the Jewish
Federation of Las Vegas, Birthright Israel Foundation, Hersha
Hospitality Trust, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
organization, American Gaming Association and the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce. In addition, he is a member of the Georgia Aquarium Board
of Directors and a trustee of the Marcus Foundation.
"Mike has given his life to this industry and we are all better for
it," said Mr. Adelson. "Along the way he has earned the respect of
everyone in our business -- from part-time and salaried workers to
top executives and media personalities. Since joining us as president
in early 2009, Mike has been instrumental in the tremendous success
the company has experienced and he has helped set the path for the
bright future we still have ahead of us. We've been lucky to have
About Las Vegas Sands
Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading
global developer of destination properties (Integrated Resorts) that
feature premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment,
convention and exhibition facilities, celebrity chef restaurants, and
many other amenities.
The Venetian(R) and The Palazzo(R), Five-Diamond luxury resorts on
the Las Vegas Strip, and Sands(R) Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania
are the company's properties in the United States. Marina Bay
Sands(R) is the company's iconic Integrated Resort in Singapore's
downtown Marina Bay district.
Through its majority-owned subsidiary Sands China Ltd., the company
owns a portfolio of properties on Macao's Cotai Strip(R), including
The Venetian(R) Macao, Four Seasons Hotel Macao, and Sands Cotai
Central. The company also owns the Sands(R) Macao on the Macao
Las Vegas Sands is committed to global sustainability through its
Sands ECO360 degrees program and is an active community partner
through its various charitable organizations.
For more information, please visit www.lasvegassands.com.
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