With signs Macau is well on the road to recovery; the Philippine market growing in double digits; and the prospect of casinos in Japan, 2017 is starting on a more promising note for Asia
As Vice President of Operations Planning and Analysis at The Innovation Group, Michael Zhu has been applying a comprehensive analytical skill set, exploiting a unique cultural background, and leveraging his in-depth development and operational experience in the gaming, leisure, and hospitality industries. Michael was recognized in the “40 Under 40” feature by Global Gaming Business that represents the next generation of leaders in the gaming industry.
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 Europe markets, with high profile assignments completed in Macau, Singapore, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Georgia, Laos, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Vietnam, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and various locations in the United States.
Michael started expanding his professional horizons within the United States at Las Vegas Sands Corporation (LVS), where he established his expertise in strategic planning, business analysis, financial modeling, and operational excellence in the full domain of casino, hotel, food and beverage, MICE, entertainment, retail, and cross-functional businesses at a global level. Prior to his years at LVS, Michael held various management positions for hospitality agencies and companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Michael holds an MBA degree in Hospitality Management from the prestigious School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, as well as a Bachelor degree in Philosophy from Peking University in China. 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.