Newsletter October 2016|
Announcing $8M Capital
We are more than 75% to goal!
Hear What Our Supporters Have To Say
Meet Harry Javer
Above & Beyond Award
Minaz Abji recieves Humanitarian Award at
|Opening Doors to Opportunity|
AH&LEF's $8M Capital Campaign
week at The Lodging Conference, the Foundation publicly
announced a capital initiative that will provide $8 million in
funds for its academic and professional development scholarships
and critical industry research. So far, Opening Doors to
Opportunity has received more than $6 million in pledges from
industry executives and companies committed to funding the future.
capital campaign in more than 15 years, we have achieved more than
75% of our $8 million goal. The Campaign Executive Committee –
comprised of 14 industry executives and led by Kirk Kinsell,
President & CEO of Loews Hotels & Resorts – anticipates
raising the remaining funds by December 31.
Host Hotels & Resorts is the campaign's lead donor generously
pledging $500,000 over five years. Similarly, corporate donors
pledging a minimum of $250,000 include: Best Western Hotels &
Resorts, Hilton, the Ashford Group of Companies, FelCor Lodging
Trust, LaSalle Hotel Properties, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Loews
Hotels & Resorts, USA Today, and Wyndham Worldwide.
many industry executives have been leaders in driving the campaign
through large personal donations. They include American Hotel &
Lodging Association (AH&LA) board member, Robert A. Alter,
President of Seaview Investors, LLC; AH&LEF Chairman, Minaz
Abji, EVP Asset Management at Host Hotels & Resorts; and
AH&LEF Trustee, Kirk Kinsell, President & CEO of Loews
Hotels & Resorts. The Alter family committed $250,000 and
Kinsell and Abji each pledged $100,000. A full list of donors is
Doors to Opportunity will provide $4 million in
academic scholarships for hospitality management students; $2
million in professional and workforce development scholarships for
more than 4,000 current associates seeking to obtain a professional
certification; and $2 million to fund several dozen new studies
that will support companies and state associations across the
"At the core of our industry is our people and ensuring that
we nurture the future of our industry is crucial to our collective
success," said Katherine Lugar, President & CEO of
AH&LA. "This is an exceptional time to be in hospitality
and supporting the Foundation equips our industry's future leaders
with the tools and skills needed to keep pace with these exciting
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Supporters Are Saying
has to be a number one priority for all of us in the hotel
industry, and supporting research and exceptional students as
future leaders is all of our responsibilty"
President & CEO, Loews Hotels & Resorts
future of the Hospitality industry is dependent on the education of
our future generations. The Robert A. Alter family is honored to
support scholarships to continue the education of our youth and
future generations of students."
Robert A. Alter
President of Seaview Investors, LLC
"Protect-A-Bed supports the
development of the future leaders to the hospitality industry.
Protect-A-Bed views this opportunity as a win for all involved: our
youth, who will become the future decision makers in the industry,
the AH&LA for the reasons stated above, and Protect-A-Bed, as
we lead by providing innovative, wellness products to the
Vice President, Hospitality & Healthcare, Protect-A-Bed
"When asked to support
the Opening Doors to Opportunity campaign we readily
accepted the chance to participate! The Foundation supports
companies like Sage Hospitality with a pipeline of quality
individuals to hire and resources for our employees to pursue professional
development, leadership development is one of Sage's core
values. We felt it was important to lend our support and show
our peers and customers that the Foundation not only supports our
company, but our entire profession."
Co-Founder, President & CEO of Sage Hospitality
Meet Harry Javer
New Yorker Harry Javer is known as a go-getter who has transformed
the conference and events business as President of The Conference
Bureau, Inc. and Co-Founder and Producer of The Lodging Conference.
He counts among his personal traits hard work, an entrepreneurial
spirit, and a love of music. That passion took him from his first
job of producing concerts and seminars in college to running
an innovative business focused on bringing professional people
together in an environment where they are able to achieve great
led the Foundation's Annual Giving Campaign for four years, raising
more than $655,000. "No matter which industry you're involved
with, it's important to give back. Hospitality is certainly no
exception. It's great to get to the top, as so many in our industry
who support the Foundation have. But it's also important to throw
down that ladder so somebody else can climb it."
Javer has first-hand experience
with the impact AH&LEF's scholarships make. "I've come
across hundreds of students who have benefited from the
scholarships provided by the Foundation. In many cases, these young
men and women are the first ones to attend college and they help
support their families working part-time jobs. The money we raise
for scholarships really makes a difference. The hospitality
industry is constantly looking to attract the best and the
brightest people for its careers, and we want them to remain in the
raised in Brooklyn, Javer attended Stonybrook University in Long
Island, then moved to Manhattan after college and never looked
back. An avid music lover and fan of The Boss, Javer boasts
attendance to more than 150 Bruce Springsteen concerts. He also
plays competitive softball.
been in the event business for 35 years," says Javer. "In
1994, I started attending many hospitality events but noticed
something: none of them were truly 'five stars' in terms of
location, networking, food and drink, or relaxation. Those things
matter to people and to having successful events." That's when
he launched the Lodging Conference, which has been an industry
game-changer for more than two decades.
believes the hospitality industry is "like no other." The
huge amount of opportunity and growth potential is one of the
industry's best traits. "There are few industries where you
can start at the bottom and make it to the top. It's amazing how
many people started as a dishwasher, cleaner, or administrative
assistant and rose to C-level positions. That means for young people
that the industry holds great opportunities if you're willing to
work hard. There is enormous possibility to thrive, move forward,
and build a career." Plus, Javer adds, "it's just a lot
names his father as one of his mentors and biggest supporters. An
entrepreneur for more than four decades, Javer's father has always
been his sounding board. "He always told me 'the harder you
work the luckier you get'." In the hospitality industry, Mike
Leven, hotelier icon and founder of the Asian American Hotel Owners
Association (AAHOA), has been Javer's mentor for 20 years.
"His reputation is tremendous," says Javer. "He's
won every award you can imagine. He is somebody who believes that
you have to give back and he does that."
next for Harry Javer? He's looking forward to a change-making a few
years ahead. "Technology has enabled the industry to move
forward and has helped to make branding smarter," he says.
"At the same time, technology also presents challenges like consumer
transparency and new competition. Also, regulatory changes along
with industry consolidation are happening now. The next 24 months
are going to be interesting."
Funds The Future|
AH&LEF granted 383 academic scholarships, totaling a record
|Above & Beyond Award|
Receives Humanitarian Award
Minaz Abji, Executive Vice President
of Host Hotels & Resorts, received the 2016 Above and Beyond
Humanitarian Award. The award was presented at the Lodging
Conference on Wednesday, September 28.
is given to a hospitality leader who demonstrates a commitment to
the industry and the community.
served as a member of AH&LEF's Board of Trustees since 2006 and
has been elected Chairman each year since 2007. In addition, he has
also been on several AH&LA committees.
humbled to receive this award and am grateful for the opportunities
the hospitality industry has afforded me. I am passionate about
giving back to educating the next generation," said Abji.
so important to give back to the industry and nobody has given
more," said Harry Javer, producer and founder of The Lodging
Conference. "I've had the pleasure of working with Minaz at
AH&LEF and he is an industry treasure. His hard work,
dedication and leadership has helped the Foundation to reach some
tremendous goals over the past 10 years. His tremendous efforts
will continue to bear fruit for years to come. The industry needs
more people like Minaz."
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