Michael graduated from the Shannon College of Hotel Management, Ireland in 1982. He spent a number of years gaining experience in Switzerland, Germany and UK until he joined the development division of Toby Restaurants (BASS PLC) in 1984. He spent five years there as Area Manager responsible for the development and operation of new concept units in London and the home counties.
In 1989, Michael joined the London office of Horwath Consulting and quickly became responsible for pioneering the company’s work in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS countries, gaining extensive experience in undertaking feasibility and strategic work for new hotel, real estate and leisure developments and the privatisation of state-owned hotels and tourism assets.
In 1994, the company re-branded as BDO Hospitality Consulting with Michael being promoted to associate director progressing to the role of director in 1996, continuing his responsibility for Central and Eastern Europe whilst also working on assignments in the UK, Middle East, Brazil and most importantly in Germany, where he was responsible for and an executive director of the firm’s joint venture with BDO GmbH, namely BDO Hospitality Consulting GmbH.
In January 1998, Michael and his fellow executive directors lead a management buy-out from BDO rebranding to TRI Hospitality Consulting in October 1999. Michael played a key role in helping the company establish a solid reputation as one of the leading firms of consultants in the sector and was primary responsible for generating fees for the company and directing assignments in Germany, Russia, CIS and Central Europe. At the beginning of 2001, Michael joined HVS International as director responsible for the development of new business opportunities for the company.
Michael has more than 25 years of experience in the international hotel sector and has specialised in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia/CIS since 1989 and is considered to be the leading expert in this region. In recognition of his knowledge of the region, Michael has moderated key discussion panels dedicated to hotel development in Russia and CIS countries at the International Hotel Investment Forum, Berlin, March 2008-15, Russia CIS Hotel Investment Forum, Moscow, October 2007-15, ProEstate Conference, St Petersburg, Russia, September 2007-10, GRI Conference, London, April 2007, the International Hotel Investment Conference, Rome, October 2006-09, Adam Smith Real Estate Conference, Moscow, May 2005-07, International Hotel Investment Conference, Monte Carlo, September 2005 and ProfitHotel, Warsaw, October 2005.
Michael then joined Horwath HTL in May 2002 as founding partner and managing director for Horwath HTL Hungary and Russia responsible for all assignments in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS. He has also been involved in projects throughout the world including Western Europe, Middle East and Latin America. Michael had been a member of the worldwide Horwath HTL committee for almost a decade.
During the last decade, Michael has been involved in hotel projects in over 40 different cities in Russia and CIS and has been successful in attracting international interest in the realisation of single asset and portfolio hotel projects. Horwath HTL Russia is considered to be market leaders in hospitality consulting in Russia. He has dealt with a broad range of clients from high net worth individuals to large international corporates.
Since early 2016, Michael has been operating as an independent consultant based out of London before joining Colliers International Hotel and Resorts team in London as a director in July 2017.
Became recognised as leading consultant in CEE, Russia and CIS over 20 years. Moderated numerous plenary sessions at international conferences worlwide.
Represented EMEA on worldwide Horwath HTL Committee for over 10 years.
Graduated from the Shannon College of Hotel Management, 1982.