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Michael brings more than 30 years of financial services management experience to Commune Hotels & Resorts. He joined the company in 2007 as CFO for Joie de Vivre Hospitality and in 2012 assumed the oversight of financial matters for Commune. Michael brings many years of diverse business experience to Commune. His primary responsibilities with Commune are the oversight of the finance, accounting, tax, reporting, treasury, risk management, information technology, legal/compliance and administrative functions for the company.
His expertise includes cultivating relationships with key financial and technology partners, resourceful negotiation of management contracts, loan restructures, loan packages for acquisitions as well as new developments. He provides internal guidance relative to the financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting and performance analysis tools necessary for senior leaders to make sound decisions and plans as well as aids in providing strategic direction for the company.
Prior to joining Commune Hotels, Michael held senior financial leadership positions with Harbor View Holdings/Stanford Hotels Corporation, an owner of branded hotels such as Marriott, Hilton and Starwood as well as a residential home building company and Gus Enterprises/ Gund Investment Corporation a multi-faceted real estate investment company. Michael spent his early career in public accounting with Pannell Kerr Forster providing audit, tax and consultancy services for a wide variety of hospitality related clients.
Michael is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from the University of South Dakota. He is a member of the American Institute of the Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of CPA’s and the Hospitality, Financial and Technology Professionals.