Michael Dominguez, chief sales officer for MGM Resorts, has accepted the position of CEO for Boston-based Associated Luxury Hotels International. Dominguez will take his new post on July 8, he told Northstar Meetings Group yesterday. Dominguez replaces Josh Lesnick, who helmed ALHI for just over two years.
The news comes on the heels of a sweeping reorganization at MGM. As reported by Meetings & Conventions, the gaming and hospitality giant eliminated more than 1,000 jobs this spring as part of the MGM 2020 restructuring plan. The vast majority of those affected were based in Las Vegas, primarily in management positions, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
A true industry icon with more than 30 years of hotel experience, Dominguez joined MGM in June 2012, after seven years with Loews Hotels and prior experience with Hyatt and Starwood. A high-profile leader in the meetings industry, he has served in a number of related association roles, including chairman of Meeting Professionals International's board of directors and co-chair of the Meetings Means Business Coalition. Dominguez is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including Northstar Meetings Group’s hosted-buyer events. When asked if he was planning to move to Massachusetts, Dominguez told Northstar he hasn’t thought that far ahead yet.
ALHI serves as the global sales extension of its 250 member properties, independent luxury hotels and resorts. Established in 1986 with just 14 hotels, ALHI was created as a means to compete with major brands and large hotel chains within the meeting and incentives space.