DANBURY, CT—Justin Jabara has been named president of hotel management and ownership company Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH).
With dual corporate locations here and in West Palm Beach, FL, the company was launched by second-generation hoteliers Richard Jabara and William (Bill) Meyer in 1977 with the purchase of their first hotel.
Justin Jabara grew up in and around hotels. At the age of 16, he secured his first job waiting tables, delivering room service and working as a banquet prep cook at the Christiana Hilton in Delaware. He went on to graduate from Johnson and Wales in Providence, RI, with a degree in hotel management.
Over the years, he grew his career holding numerous operational positions across the portfolio. He became VP of development and acquisitions six years ago. With Meyer as his mentor, Justin Jabara led the growth of the portfolio.
“Justin literally grew up in our hotels, right alongside Bill’s children,” Richard Jabara said. “All of our kids knew how to turn a room, set a table and push a bell cart at a very young age. It makes me happy to see how Justin has grown in the business. He has taught me a lot. He isn’t afraid to change and grow.”
Meyer added, “It has been a joy to watch Justin learn and become respected in his own right. He has aggressively re-engineered our growth strategy and I have caught myself reflecting often about how Richard and I, too, found that spark of innovation more than 40 years ago. Our future is brighter than ever with Justin as president.”
With all of this progression and change, Justin Jabara remains steadfast on one key cultural pillar: “We always have been, and always will be, in the people business,” he said. “The better the people, the better the business. I learned what partnership really means, first from my grandfather and Arthur Meyer (Bill’s dad), and then from my father and Bill. A partnership must be a win-win. Our financial partners, employees and our guests are all forms of partnerships. We strive to create great success for all we serve. We will never walk away from treating people as our most important asset.”