Leven has served on the Las Vegas Sands Corp. Board of Directors since 2004.
On March 11, 2009 he became the company’s president and chief
operating officer and assumed responsibility for the overall operations of the
company’s U.S. and international locations.
Mr. Leven is a veteran hospitality executive with 48 years of
experience in the business and a distinguished and well-recognised record of
success. He was formerly president and chief executive officer of US Franchise
Systems, Inc., the company he founded in 1995, which developed and franchised
the Microtel Inns & Suites and Hawthorn Suites hotel brands. He was
previously the president and COO of Holiday Inn Worldwide, president of Days
Inn of America, and president of Americana Hotels. He has also served on the
board of directors of Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Hersha Hospitality Trust.
In addition to being a hotel industry icon and one of
franchising’s most innovative leaders, Mr. Leven has served many industry
organisations throughout his career. He co-founded the Asian American Hotel
Owners Association, which started with 12 members in 1989 and now has more than
9,300 members, who combined own more than 22,000 hotels representing
approximately $60 billion in property value. He is also the former
international president of the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International
Mr. Leven is a recipient of the American Association of
Franchisees and Dealers Lifetime Achievement Award and was previously named to
HSMAI’s Hot List of 25 Most Extraordinary Sales & Marketing Minds in
Hospitality & Travel. He has also received the American Jewish Committee
Selig Distinguished Service Award, UJA Federation of New York Hotel and
Hospitality Award, and the Georgia Hospitality & Travel Association Spirit
of Hospitality Award.
Mr. Leven is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and holds a
Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and Master of Science from Boston
University. He and his wife, Andrea, have three sons and five grandchildren.