When Michael Dominguez takes the top job at Associated Luxury Hotels International on July 8, he'll be directly applying his recent experience to the role. Dominguez has served for the past seven years as senior vice president and chief sales officer of MGM Resorts International -- the properties of which are ALHI members. Previously, Dominguez was vice president of global sales for Loews Hotels, also an ALHI partner.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the top global sales organization in the luxury market," Dominguez said. "ALHI’s collection of member hotels, which includes MGM and Loews, as well as some of the world’s most iconic hotels and resorts, is unmatched in its diversity and quality."
Dominguez intends to remain in the industry spotlight as well. "I look forward to the opportunity not only to ensure that ALHI remains a leader in the luxury market, but also to help shape the meetings and events industry as a whole," he said.
The three-decade-old ALHI provides global sales services for its collection of hotels and resorts, as well as cruise ships, destination management companies and other travel partners, helping to connect those suppliers to meetings, conventions and incentives-industry professionals. Dominguez replaces Josh Lesnick, who announced in April he'd be leaving ALHI to explore new opportunities.
“Mike is an effective leader and has been a tremendous friend and colleague," said MGM Resorts spokesperson Callie Driehorst. "While we’ll miss him as a member of our team, he will still be part of the MGM extended family by continuing to consult the company on our efforts in Japan, and through his position at ALHI, which is an exclusive partner of ours in Las Vegas. We wish him much success and look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Dominguez has held a number of volunteer leadership posts in the industry, among them chairman of the international board of directors for Meeting Professionals International and board positions for the U.S. Travel Association executive committee and the American Society of Association Executives. He is a former co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, the APEX Room Piracy Taskforce and the APEX Standards Committee, and has served on the boards for the Global Business Travel Association Foundation, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Foundation and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. Among his many recognitions and honors are MPI's Industry Leadership Award and being named four times to Successful Meetings' Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry list.
“Michael is the ideal person for this position, with the right experience and industry network to lead our organization to new heights as we continue to focus on serving our distinguished members and valued customers,” said Bill Dyer, chairman of the board of Associated Luxury Hotels, the parent company of ALHI.