Mr. Malik initiated his career in the 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 continuously influenced investment and development opportunities in the gaming and entertainment industry.
Detroit Casino Development:
Being in association with NAG, Mike Malik initiated the statewide ballot effort to bring casino gaming to Detroit, Michigan. Teaming with Atwater Entertainment in 1996, NAG’s dedication brought about the passage of a Michigan statewide proposal for the development of three commercial casinos in Detroit, later establishing 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, known today as MotorCity Casino. Mr. Malik’s engagement with MotorCity Casino has enabled them to become one of the best management properties in the country; generating an additional $1.3 billion dollars in revenue per year for the city of Detroit.
Native American Gaming:
Mike Malik’s work to develop a casino property for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee in northwest Michiganr lead to his hands on involvment in all aspects of the project including 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.
Mr. Malik was also involved in the development of two additional casinos, a hotel and a golf course for the Bay Mills Indian Community in Brimley, Michigan. He worked with the Tribe in facilitating the legislative approval 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 Malik 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.
Other Business Interests:
Mike Malik is the owner of MJM Enterprises and Development and is involved in a multitude of development projects, including hunting and fishing preserves, oil and gas development, the financing of touring entertainment acts, and developing business expansion projects.
He is also the owner of Paradice Hunt Club in Gladwin, Michigan, 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 the owner of Grande Pointe Development, which is currently in the process of developing a 348 home luxury water front development on Harsens Island in Clay Township, Michigan.
At the present time, Mr. Malik and Mrs.Ilitch are working with other resort island destinations. Michael Malik has been a real estate developer and a licensed broker for more than 30 years and is one of only 26 brokers in Michigan licensed in securities and exchange real estate..