Michael Erin is a former United States Army captain who received his bachelor of arts in business and economics from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. Now residing in Nevada, Michael Erin serves as the vice president of development for The Economic Club of Las Vegas (ECLV), a nonprofit that organizes economic-based open forum debate and discussion.
In September of 2016 ECLV hosted a seminar on sports franchises and stadiums featuring University of Michigan sports economist Stefan Szymanski, television personality Jon Ralston, and urban growth expert Robert E. Lang. The three speakers presented findings and independent insights on the cost and economic benefits of sports stadiums and franchises. The talk was particularly pertinent as just months prior the National Hockey League (NHL) announced it had awarded an expansion franchise to Las Vegas.
Set to begin play in the 2017-18 season, the Las Vegas Golden Knights will join the NHL's Western Conference. The team's ownership group, led by billionaire Bill Foley, paid the NHL a $500 million expansion fee, which was to be distributed among the league's 30 teams. The Golden Knights will be the first team from the four major professional sports franchises - NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB - to call Las Vegas home. They will play out of the 17,368-seat T-Mobile Arena.
A skilled business executive with experience in the military, health care, and business development fields, Michael Erin brings a diverse set of skills to his role as global initiatives manager with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). Having served in the US Army for more than 10 years, Michael Erin continues his commitment to military service as a member of the US Army Reserve.
Reserve members often work with other military branches to provide training exercises such as the annual Operation Toy Drop. A multinational training opportunity, parachute jumpmasters from around the world participate in the collective training. This most recent operation, the nineteenth, involved instruction on the operation of the MC6, a steerable parachute (canopy) used by the U.S. Army. The weeklong training includes numerous hours of aircraft as well as parachute familiarization classes.
The largest training exercise of its kind in the nation, it also involves a toy donation drive. Participants entering a lottery for the chance to jump at the event, do so with unwrapped, unopened toys. In 2015 over 6,000 toys, including video games, bicycles, and dolls, were collected and distributed to children in need prior to Christmas.
Michael Erin currently serves as the global initiatives manager for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.