Photo by Julie Brothers

Photo by Julie Brothers

Burba & Hayes were recently profiled in Palm Springs Life magazine.  Read the complete story.

A bright-yellow smiley-face flag snaps with each gust of wind that blows through the yard of the idyllic Johnny Mercer estate in the Mesa neighborhood of South Palm Springs. “This is our happy place,” says Bob Hayes, as he sets down a tray of beverages in the pavilion that he and his partner, Jim Burba, built next to the tennis court that Ginger Mercer had commissioned for the 1.25-acre property. “We love being out here.”

Featured in Inc. and listed among Out magazine’s “15 Power Couples You Should Know” — which also included Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Tom Ford and Richard Buckley, Elton John and David Furnish, and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi — Burba and Hayes have emerged as the go-to duo for advice on how to live, work, and thrive together. Trade magazines such as Successful Meetings and California Meetings have profiled the couple, and The Advocate has enlisted them to co-write commentaries.

Burba and Hayes support Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay-rights organization, and Desert AIDS Project. On Nov. 2, they will host the HRC Palm Springs Garden Party. And for DAP, they sponsored this year’s Arts & Activism Award presented to Lorna Luft at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards.

“We believe in getting involved in the communities where we live,” Hayes says, pointing out their support for Laguna Art Museum and Santa Fe Opera.

They also give generously at the office. Burba Hotel Network — through its conferences that draw brokers, lenders, developers, and others in the hospitality industry — leverages years of relationships to raise money for humanitarian aid and hotel industry scholarships, research, and educational product development.

Last year, the company became a sponsor of Youth Career Initiative, an International Tourism Partnership program that launched in India to place disadvantaged youth in hotel jobs that teach them life and work skills. In its first year, 35 young people graduated from the program and landed jobs within only a few days. “It’s transformational,” Hayes says. “It changes families’ lives and breaks the cycle of poverty.”

Burba and Hayes also led the hotel industry into Stand Up to Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, and other charitable organizations. Since 2000, Burba Hotel Network events have raised more than $9 million for charities and educational causes.

Read the complete story in Palm Springs Life magazine.

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