Michael Dominguez

Michael Dominguez is the first to tell you that the leadership skills he honed as the president of the Jay High School Student Council and in other extracurricular activities helped him become the successful person he is today. During his time at Jay High School, he planned a bi-annual blood drive, ran school concessions, and organized the annual John Jay Shoe Drive helping elementary students purchase much-needed shoes and toys at Christmas. During his junior and senior years, he would report to work at 5 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk, where he began bussing tables. What Dominguez didn’t know at the time was that his stint as a busboy would lead to a lifelong career in the hospitality industry. Today, he is Senior Vice President, Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International. Dominguez sits on various industry board and speaks across the country about leadership. In fact, he often comes back to Jay High School to speak to students about his time at the school and all he learned. His career has taken him to places he never knew he would experience, but Dominguez says that his days at Northside were some of the best of his life. If he had to give advice to his younger self, it would be to get over disappointments faster. What seems so important are just speed bumps in the road of life. His philosophy is “failure is part of the process.” He believes that it is part of his job to learn from an experience, take it to heart, and then teach others. Dominguez attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and fulfilled a dream of continuing his education at the University of Texas at Austin. Dominguez and his wife Marcie have been married for 28 years are the proud parents of Gabriela, Michael Jr., and Breana Dominguez as well as proud grandparents to Veda and Baby Pauly.

Photograph: 
Michael Dominguez
Pillar of...: 
Citizenship
School: 
Jay High School
Year: 
2017
Class of ...: 
1986