On October 2, 2007, Michael Leven, vice chairman of The Marcus Foundation, kicked off the 2007/2008 "Conversations with Entrepreneurs" series at the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.
Leven is vice chairman of the Atlanta-based Marcus Foundation, where he has been a trustee and a member of the board. The Marcus Foundation was founded by Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot and one of America's most generous philanthropists. Leven was formerly president and CEO of US Franchise Systems, Inc. (USFS), a company he founded in 1995 that franchises the Microtel Inns & Suites and Hawthorn Suites hotel brands. Under Leven’s tenure, USFS gained national recognition as a franchisor committed to both the customer and the franchisee. Prior to that, he was president and COO of Holiday Inn, Worldwide; Days Inn of America; and Americana Hotels. At Days Inn Leven led initiatives to hire older workers, people with disabilities, and the homeless, a commitment that earned the company an Outstanding Employer Citation from the AARP.
In the clip below, Leven shares his personal philosophy about business:
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