Michael Mathis is a managing director for Graduate Hotels, overseeing the company’s Northeast portfolio of boutique hotels located in major university towns. He previously held senior executive positions in the gaming resort industry over the span of a 20-year career, serving in development, legal, and operational roles with the industry’s leading domestic and international operators. Michael served as President of MGM Resorts International’s $1 billion regional resort property in Massachusetts and oversaw its pre-opening development, operation, and stabilization. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Gaming Operations for MGM, where he was responsible for identifying and evaluating potential gaming development opportunities in both domestic and international markets. He has served on the boards of various business associations and chambers, including as the former President of the Discovery Children’s Museum, where he worked with the board to relocate the museum to its state-of-the-art home at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center in downtown Las Vegas.
Michael earned his BA in economics and Asian studies from Dartmouth College and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He has been admitted to the state bars of Nevada, New York, and New Jersey, and has served as a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors. He has also held individual gaming licenses in Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Mississippi.