Burba & Hayes
Jim Burba and Bob Hayes have been life partners for more than 27 years and business partners for more than 17 years. They were married in 2014 on the stage of the Nokia Theatre (now Microsoft Theatre) in Los Angeles. As co-founders of the Burba Hotel Network (BHN), the enterprising couple develop and produce the world’s most prominent annual gatherings of the hotel and tourism investment community in such far-flung locales as Hong Kong, Delhi, Singapore, Los Angeles, and London.
Their events, including the world’s largest hotel investment conference, the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), have attracted such high-profile speakers as Sir Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, Michael Eisner, Ivanka Trump, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, California’s Lt Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris, and Mexico’s former President Vicente Fox.
In 2013, the duo formed Burba Hayes LLC, an entertainment production company. In 2014, their first film production, “Space Station 76,” debuted to rave reviews at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Directed by Jack Plotnick, the film stars Matt Bomer, Patrick Wilson, and Liv Tyler. “Disaster!,” a 1970s musical that Burba Hayes co-produced, ran on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre in early 2016, and a West End production is in the works. Burba Hayes’ second film, “Walking Out,” starring Matt Bomer and Josh Wiggins, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017 to rave reviews, screened at the SXSW Film Festival, and will be distributed by IFC in late 2017.
Burba and Hayes are the authors of Smart Partners, a business book that was published by SelectBooks, New York, in August 2016. Smart Partners focuses on how to create and maintain successful partnerships—in business and in life. Based on their principles for partnering, the book covers everything from deciding if you really need—and want—a partner, to how to pick a partner whom you trust and who shares your core values. The book is chock-full of colorful anecdotes and wisdom garnered from more than two decades of experience as life and business partners.
When Burba and Hayes aren’t writing books and producing events, films, and Broadway musicals, they are involved in a number of global initiatives and charitable causes. Their company BHN was founded on the principle of sharing success with the communities it serves. Through BHN events and their community involvement, Burba and Hayes have contributed more than US $15 million for scholarships, education and social services organizations.
For the past four years, Burba and Hayes have been included on Out Magazine’s list of “Power Couples to Know,” which includes such luminaries as clothing designer Tom Ford and his partner, Richard Buckley; singer Sir Elton John and his husband, David Furness; and talk show host and actor Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Portia di Rossi.
Burba and Hayes enjoy escaping to their Palm Springs home for rest, relaxation, and martinis!