Director, Operations Planning
A dynamic professional who has in-depth experience conducting strategic and financial analysis in a variety of industries, Michael Vanaskie is a valuable asset for The Innovation Group. Michael joined the company in April of 2015 and currently serves as Director, Operations Planning. Prior to joining the company, Michael worked primarily in the investment management industry, where he held a variety of research-oriented roles.
Based in The Innovation Group’s Denver office, Michael’s work covers a diverse array of scopes, clients, and geographies—ranging from full support for an operator’s preliminary gaming license bid to an Asian government, to a feasibility study for a hotel expansion in Southern California. While Michael has worked with both domestic and international clients, he maintains a focus on the Asian-Pacific markets.
Michael’s work at The Innovation Group is complemented by his past employment in the investment management industry. Michael began his career as an equity research analyst for an asset management firm based in Pennsylvania. Here, Michael provided in-depth research on publicly traded consumer companies; this included meeting with executive management teams, analyzing competitive environments, reviewing financial statements, constructing financial models, and offering recommendations to portfolio managers. During his time as an equity research analyst, Michael was an essential part of over $50 million in direct investment decisions. Most recently, Michael served as an investment analyst for a Denver-based investment management firm. In this role, Michael’s primary functions involved conducting manager due diligence and asset class research, directly contributing to the management of $1 billion of the firm’s $4 billion in assets under management.
Before starting his professional career, Michael attended Johns Hopkins University prior to transferring to Washington College, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a minor in Justice, Law, and Society. Since moving to Colorado, Michael has enjoyed hiking and learning to ski. He also follows professional soccer outside of work.