Harry Javer, the founder of upscale hospitality event The Lodging Conference, recently donated $50,000 to the American Hotel and Lodging Association Foundation’s (AHLAF) Annual Giving Campaign. Javer has also been chair of AHLAF’s Fund Development Committee since 2013, and this is the second time Javer and his family have made a donation to the foundation at this level.
What is the American Hotel and Lodging Association Foundation?
The American Hotel and Lodging Association Foundation (AHLAF) is the nonprofit organization of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). The goal of AHLA is to provide resources to further development in the hospitality industry, as well as support and encourage industry professionals. AHLAF was founded in 1953, and is aimed toward helping development initiatives in the hospitality industry, educating people about pursuing a career in this field, giving away money to college students to help achieve their dreams of getting into hospitality, and more. To date, AHLAF has awarded over $27.5 million in scholarships and programs, and in 2013 alone, the foundation gave away over $1 million to students interested in the hospitality industry. AHLAF’s funding comes from donations, such as those part of its Annual Giving Campaign.
As previously mentioned, this isn’t the first time Javer has made a donation to AHLAF at this level. He has supported the foundation for years, sponsoring scholarship recipients to attend The Lodging Conference (which he founded) every year. In 2013, he was also named as chair of AHLAF’s Fund Development Committee.
Who is Harry Javer?
Javer is well-known in the hospitality industry as the founder of The Lodging Conference. Since 1994, Javer has produced the event each year. He describes the event, saying, “We bring together the hotel industry’s most influential owners, operators, presidents, CEOs and dealmakers to strategize about development, finance, franchising, management, construction, design, and operations. More than just a conference, the entire event is a THINK TANK where everybody in attendance has the opportunity to join in the conversation, discuss issues, and solve problems.”
In fact, over 85% of people who attend The Lodging Conference are presidents or chief executive officers, or run their own business or department – which makes getting the opportunity to learn from and network with some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry that much more valuable. The event is held every September in Phoenix, Arizona, and over the years Javer has made lifelong friendships with those in the industry, he says.
But his experience in event production goes way back, before The Lodging Conference. He found an interest in it while he was a student at Stony Brook University in New York, where he was studying political science at the time. During his time as a student there, he got the opportunity to help put on concerts for music legends such as U2, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Joan Jett, Peter Gabriel, and more. After college, he continued on to work at The Learning Annex, which is the biggest producer for expos, seminars, workshops, and other events in the country. There, he helped to put on thousands of events each year, and as their National Program Director, he produced events for entrepreneurs and speakers like Sir Richard Branson, Donald Trump, Al Gore, Tony Robbins, Magic Johnson, Joe Montana, and dozens more.
In 1994, the same year he founded The Lodging Conference, Javer also started the New York Speakers Bureau, which is also called The Conference Bureau. The Conference Bureau produces dozens of events each year.
Currently, Javer lives in New York with his wife Elizabeth and son Jack.