Malik is a managing partner in casino development group Gateway Casino Resorts, L.L.C., which is working with the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Long Island, New York, to secure the Nation’s ability to develop and open a gaming enterprise. Malik is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, working closely with the Shinnecock Nation, federal, state and local officials and potential vendors.
Mike Malik began his career as a consultant and developer in Indian gaming in the 1980’s as a partner in North American Gaming (NAG). Malik is a successful entrepreneur in the gaming, sporting and entertainment industries. Since 1988, Malik has become a leader in the casino development industry including projects in California, Michigan, and New York. He has been instrumental in bringing gaming to multiple communities, and continues to seek investment and development opportunities in the entertainment and gaming industry.
Detroit Casino Development
As a partner with NAG, Malik directed the statewide ballot effort to bring casino gaming to Detroit, Michigan. In 1996, NAG teamed with Atwater Entertainment to support the passage of a Michigan statewide proposal facilitating the development of three commercial casinos in Detroit. The passage of the proposal established Detroit as the first urban area in the country to open commercial casinos. Following passage of the proposal, Malik worked with state elected officials to negotiate and implement the regulatory oversight framework for the Detroit casinos.
Malik was a partner in the casino group Detroit Entertainment, which included Marian Ilitch and more than 130 local partners. Detroit Entertainment selected Mandalay Bay Group as casino operator, and Malik worked with them on the development of the casino project now called MotorCity Casino. Michael Malik helped MotorCity Casino secure one of the best management teams in the country and his efforts have resulted in an entertainment industry in Detroit that today exceeds $1.3 billion per year.
Native American Gaming
Malik worked to develop a casino for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee in northwest Michigan. He was responsible for site selection and land acquisition, construction firm selection, management selection, assistance in obtaining a gaming compact, and establishing casino operations. Today the Little River Casino is the third most profitable Indian owned and operated casino of the 19 located in Michigan.
Michael Malik also assisted in the development of two casinos, a hotel and a golf course for the Bay Mills Indian Community in Brimley, Michigan. He assisted the Tribe with the legislative approval process for obtaining the first gaming compact in Michigan. Malik is currently working with the Bay Mills Tribe to develop a casino in Port Huron, Michigan.
Malik is also managing partner in the casino development group BarWest L.L.C., and is working with the Los Coyotes Band from San Diego County, California to construct and operate a world-class casino complex in Barstow, California.
Other Business Interests
The owner of MJM Enterprises and Development, Malik is involved in a spectrum of development projects, including hunting and fishing preserves, oil and gas development, financing touring entertainment acts and developing business expansion projects.
Malik is also the owner of Paradice Hunt Club in Gladwin, Michigan. Paradice is a premiere wild game preserve that features approximately 1000 acres of pristine property, and includes every type of natural habitat Michigan has to offer for fishing and hunting. Paradice Hunt Club has been rated the #1 whitetail hunt club in the United States and has been and is featured on many outdoor television shows. Malik also developed Wildlife Genetics, a company that develops hunting and outdoor products.
Michael Malik is also the owner of Grande Pointe Development, which is currently in the process of developing 348 home luxury water front development on Harsens Island in Clay Township, Michigan.
Malik and Ilitch are also currently involved in working with other resort island destinations.
Malik has been a real estate developer and licensed broker for more than 30 years. As one of the first 26 brokers in Michigan licensed in securities and exchange real estate, Malik has developed many commercial projects. He specializes in resort and casino development, retail shopping malls, urban development, and industrial parks.