Vice President, Operations Planning & Analysis
Applying a comprehensive analytical skill set and in-depth operational and financial experience in the gaming, leisure, and hospitality industries, Michael Zhu is a valuable asset for The Innovation Group. Prior to joining the company in March 2014, Michael accrued an extensive background and over 15 years of experience in related sectors, including eight years with one of the world’s largest and most successful operators, Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
Based in the firm’s Denver office, Michael is in charge of a diverse set of project initiatives, including feasibility studies, market assessments, business analysis, and operational optimization. His main focus is on large-scale integrated resort development and operations in the Asia-Pacific and European markets, with high profile assignments completed in Australia, Georgia, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Vietnam, Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
One of the hallmarks of Michael’s career has been his notably rapid industry advancement and progression. He started expanding his professional horizons within the United States as a Leadership Development Associate with Las Vegas Sands Corporation (LVS). As an analytical and conceptual thinker, he was able to quickly establish his expertise in strategic planning, business analysis, financial modeling, and operational excellence in the full spectrum of casino, hotel, food and beverage, MICE, entertainment, retail, and cross-functional businesses. Through the dramatic global financial downturn that began in 2008, Michael was a key part of the Financial Management Task Force working on Las Vegas Sands Corporation’s adaptation to the new business environment. During his tenure with LVS, he also oversaw a broad array of projects to establish and enhance financial planning and analysis for the opening of numerous Sands China integrated resorts in Macau, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania, and Sands Aviation Services.
Prior to his years at LVS, Michael held various management positions for hospitality agencies and companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from the prestigious School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Peking (Beijing) University. He was a Fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the United States National Committee on U.S. – China Relations in Washington, DC. Michael speaks fluent Mandarin and Shanghai dialect.