News | July 14, 2014
Michael Leven, president and chief operating officer for Las Vegas Sands, will be retiring from a long and distinguished career in the hospitality industry at the end of 2014. Through the years he has won countless awards and honors for his dedication and leadership, including the Asian American Hotel Owners Association Above and Beyond Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in the last year alone. We are proud to announce that he will have one more award to add to that list. The Penn State Hotel & Restaurant Society (PSHRS) has named Michael Leven the 2014 Hospitality Executive of the Year. In addition to this prestigious honor, Mr. Leven will also be inducted into the Penn State Hospitality Hall of Fame.
“Mr. Leven’s career accomplishments from leading major industry players, creating his own hotel company, co-founding AAHOA, and serving on countless boards are unparalleled,” said Lea Ann Kish, president of PSHRS and chief operating officer of Milestone Hospitality Management. “He is an icon, one of the most notable of our era, and a preeminent representation of the myriad of opportunities available to our past and present hospitality students.”