Michael has been in the hospitality industry over 25 years, leading the acquisition and development of more than $20 billion of hospitality assets. He’s been responsible for the creation, operations and growth of several hospitality companies and brands, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, W Hotels & Resorts and NYLO Hotels. For the past 15 years he has focused on the boutique segment, where his experiences with the W and NYLO brands have made him one of the preeminent boutique hotel executives in North America.
Michael was the visionary of NYLO Hotels, which he founded in 2004, and served as President and CEO until 2014. Under his leadership, NYLO grew into one of the top U.S. boutique hotel companies with 6 hotel properties (3 owned, 5 operated, 1 franchised), $55 million in revenues, $20 million of EBITDA, over 200 employees and a brand RevPar penetration of 110%.
Prior to founding NYLO Hotels, Michael spent 14 years with Starwood Capital Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He played an instrumental role in the formation and growth of Starwood Hotels into one of the world's largest hotel companies as well as the creation and expansion of the innovative W Hotel brand.