Herman Kotler, Founder and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Kotler is a seasoned entrepreneurial innovator in sales and marketing. Among other ventures, he owned and operated a large commercial laundry business serving the hospitality industry in the tri-state area. A number of years ago, during a year-long treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Mr. Kotler became aware of the many out-of-town children and their families who come to New York City for medical advice and/or treatment. He witnessed numerous family members sleeping in hospital lobbies and waiting rooms, and it became apparent to him that many families could not afford hotel stays while here in New York. Mr. Kotler called upon his colleagues in the hospitality industry to donate unsold rooms—an asset that vanishes unless used—to families from out of town, thereby founding Hospitality for Family & Friends. HFFF rapidly became a win/win program for patients and families and for participating hotels.

 

Avery Kotler, General Counsel and Board Member
Mr. Kotler started his career in law in 1998 as an Associate at Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, where he helped to found a new department dedicated to supporting emerging companies and technologies. He went on to hold in-house positions, first as Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs at Napster and then at Best Buy, where he led the legal support team for the Entertainment Division. Mr. Kotler currently manages a legal consulting practice that supports start-up and later-stage ventures, acting as a virtual general counsel for his clients. Mr. Kotler worked with his father, Herman, to found HFFF in 1999 and is committed to expanding its message and reach.

 

Suzanne Maltz, President and Board Member
Ms. Maltz recently joined the HFFF team as President. She has spent most of her career as a development professional, holding senior positions at a number of prestigious non-profit organizations in New York City including the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, the Educational Alliance, the Center for Jewish History, Learning Leaders, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.Ms. Maltz lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, and is also a volunteer tutor for ESL students. She has personally experienced the anguish that families and friends of cancer patients suffer and feels passionately about helping people ease this emotional burden.