Michael J. Malik Sr. is a managing partner in casino development group Gateway Casino Resorts, L.L.C., where he is responsible for the routine operations of the company. This casino development group is working closely with the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Long Island, New York to secure the Nation’s ability to develop and open a gaming enterprise along with federal, state and local officials and potential vendors.
Mr. Malik initiated his career in 1980’s as a consultant and developer in Indian gaming in association with North American Gaming (NAG). Now, he is a successful entrepreneur in the fields of gaming, sporting and entertainment. Since 1988, Mr. Malik has become a leader in the casino development industry, including projects in California, Michigan, and New York. His active involvement in bringing gaming to multiple communities has been continuously influencing investment and development opportunities in the gaming and entertainment industry.
Detroit Casino Development:
Being in association with NAG, Mike Malik intended the statewide ballot effort to bring casino gaming to Detroit, Michigan. Teaming with Atwater Entertainment in 1996, NAG’s effort supported the passage of a Michigan statewide proposal for the development of three commercial casinos in Detroit, which later established Detroit as the first urban area in the country to open commercial casinos. Moving ahead with the passage of the proposal, Mr. Malik worked with state elected officials to negotiate and implement the regulatory oversight framework for the Detroit casinos.
Michael Malik partnered with casino group Detroit Entertainment that included Marian Ilitch and above 130 local partners. Detroit Entertainment selected Mandalay Bay Group as casino operator, and Mike Malik worked with them on the development of the casino project, which is now called MotorCity Casino. Mr. Malik’s engagement with MotorCity Casino has helped them to become one of the best management teams in the country; resulting in an entertainment industry in Detroit that exceeds $1.3 billion every year, today.
Native American Gaming:
Mike Malik worked to develop a casino for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee in northwest Michigan. He took care of the site selection and land acquisition, construction firm selection, management selection, assistance in obtaining a gaming compact and in establishing casino operations. Today, the Little River Casino is the third most profitable Indian owned and operated casino of the 19 located in Michigan.
He was also involved in the development of two more 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. Now, he is working with the Bay Mills Tribe to develop a casino in Port Huron, Michigan.
Michael J. Malik Sr. is also the managing partner in the casino development group BarWest L.L.C., and he is working with the Los Coyotes Band from San Diego County, California to construct and operate a world-class casino complex in Barstow, California.
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Mike Malik is the owner of MJM Enterprises and Development and 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.
He is also the owner of Paradice Hunt Club in Gladwin, Michigan, which 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 featured on many outdoor television shows. Mike 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 developments on Harsens Island in Clay Township, Michigan.
At present, Mr. Malik and Ilitch are also involved in working with other resort island destinations. Michael Malik has been a real estate developer and a licensed broker for more than 30 years. As one of the first 26 brokers in Michigan licensed in securities and exchange real estate, he has developed many commercial projects. He specializes in resort and casino development, retail shopping malls, urban development, and industrial parks.