Chairman of the Board, Anaheim Arena Management, LLC
Schulman’s role with Honda Center began long before he was appointed Chairman of AAM in December of 2003. Schulman was the lead negotiator on behalf of the Samueli family in the acquisition of the management agreement from the bankruptcy court and the City of Anaheim. He acts as liaison between the Samueli family and AAM management and supervises all financial, legal and charitable decisions of the arena. He also acts as liaison with the other partners of AAM and the City of Anaheim. In addition, Schulman oversees all long-term capital projects, including the 57 Freeway Marquee, two 360° LED rings, revamping of the video room and remodeling of the company offices and locker rooms.
Schulman’s role at AAM includes overseeing all business and hockey operations. He was the lead negotiator on behalf of the Samueli family in working with Disney on the purchase of the Anaheim Ducks and also with the NHL in qualifying the Samueli family for the purchase of the team. Schulman was also involved with the family in changing the team name and logo, and forming the Anaheim Ducks Foundation. He is responsible for developing additional ice and roller rinks in the Orange County area and was instrumental in the purchase of several ice and roller rinks, including Corona and Huntington Beach Roller Rinks, and Westminster, Yorba Linda and Irvine Ice Rinks. Schulman is the Chairman of The Rinks Program and oversees its development, including the advancement of the ice hockey high school program and the California State Championship.
Schulman’s role at H&S Ventures is multi-faceted. He is the Managing Director of the family office, which oversees all of the family’s profit and nonprofit operations. H&S Ventures serves as the manager of AAM and ADHC as well as a number of other business entities in which the Samuelis are involved. Schulman has given numerous lectures on the business of sports, most recently speaking on a panel on concussions at the first annual Santa Clara Sports Law Symposium. Schulman is a board member of the Santa Clara Institute of Sports Law and Ethics.
Schulman serves on the boards of Anaheim Arena Management, Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, Anaheim Sports Holdings, Anaheim Ducks Foundation, HS Hockey Development and ECH 2101. He is also a current member of the boards of Telluride Ski and Golf Company and KDOC Television, and a founding member of the USC Sports Business Institute (SBI) Advisory Council.
Schulman also serves on many nonprofit boards. He has been a member of the University of California, Irvine Foundation Board since 1991 and is on the Stewardship Committee. He was one of the founding members and past chair of the UCI Planned Giving Leadership Council. Schulman serves on the boards of the Samueli Foundation, Samueli Institute for Information Biology, the Orange County Jewish Campus and Anaheim Ducks Foundation.
After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of California, Berkeley, Schulman went on to the University of Santa Clara Law School. In addition, Schulman studied economics for one year at the University of Leeds in Leeds, England.
After law school, he was hired as a full-time law professor at the University of Southern California, after which he was a practicing attorney for a number of years and a partner with the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery.
A native of California, Michael and his wife, Sherry, reside in Laguna Beach and have four children: Annie, Danielle, Bryant and Natasha.