Member of the Board of Advisors
EVP of Hotels & Casinos of Hard Rock International
As EVP – Hotels & Casinos of Hard Rock International, Michael is responsible for all aspects of the hotels and casinos portfolio, including both development and operations. Prior positions include VP – Development & Asset Management for Las Vegas Sands Corp. with responsibility for negotiating management contracts for Macau’s Cotai Strip, expanding its gaming platform and overseeing the development of Asset Management protocols for the managed hotels in Macau. Before joining Sands, Michael served in several positions with the Hyatt organization including Senior VP—Acquisitions and Development and as a member of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation Managing Committee. Michael was VP of Development for RockResorts International/Vail Resorts Lodging where he was a member of Vail’s Executive Committee, and at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, he was VP – Development, the Americas. From 1976 to 1984, Michael practiced law in Chicago with the firm now known as Katten Muchin Rosenman. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis (where he was a member of the Washington University Law Quarterly), and earned an AB in Political Science from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Michael was appointed to the National Advisory Board of Carolina Performing Arts, the organization responsible for bringing artistic works of all kinds to the University and to integrate the arts into the fabric of the University. He is the President of the Foundation for Human Potential, a 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to creating programs to stimulate interdisciplinary discussions in brain-behavior relationships and to formulate better methods for teaching. From January 2006 until January 2010, Shindler was a member of the Board of Directors of IFF, a Community Development Finance Institution based in Chicago with offices in five Midwestern states.