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Mike Leven

Founder of US Franchise Systems, Former Chairman/CEO, Georgia Aquarium Inc

Mike is a hospital executive, with experience serving large franchisees such as Holiday Inn and Resorts. Mike Leven is a veteran hospitality executive with over fifty-five years of experience in the hotel industry.

Prior to joining Las Vegas Sands Corporation―a global developer of destination properties such as the Venetian in Las Vegas―he founded US Franchise Systems, which franchises the Microtel Inns & Suites, Hawthorn Suites, and Best Inns and Best Suites hotel brands.


He also has served as president and chief operating officer of Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, where, during his five-year tenure, the new Holiday Inn Express brand grew from 0 to 330 open hotels. Leven also served as president of Days Inn of America and as chairman and CEO of the Georgia Aquarium.

Leven is a native of Boston and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and a Master of Science from Boston University. He and his wife, Andrea, have three sons and five grandchildren.

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