Join us on October 25, 2023 at 11am at the Petersen Automotive Museum as we honor our recipients for the AKM Leadership Award Javier Cano, Vice President and Market General Manager, Ritz-Carlton, and JW Marriott, L.A. LIVE and the 2023 Landmark Award Petersen Automotive Museum.
2023 AKM Leadership Award
Javier Cano, Vice President and Market General Manager, Ritz-Carlton, and JW Marriott, L.A. LIVE
Javier Cano is Area General Manager for Marriott International’s Los Angeles properties, overseeing operations for nine hotels in the market including The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, Sheraton Grand Los Angeles, SLS, a Luxury Collection Hotel, W Hollywood, W West Los Angeles, Westin Los Angeles Airport, Renaissance Los Angeles Airport and the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. Cano recently celebrated 44 years with Marriott International, building a career of hospitality operations across properties in the United States and Mexico.
As the present chairman of the Los Angeles Tourism Marketing District, Cano oversees a $27 million fund to drive business to area hotels, spearheading programs such as the award winning “Everyone is Welcome” campaign showcasing the diversity and inclusion for which the city is known. Cano has served on the board of the local convention and visitor’s bureau in essentially every city in which he has lived, and currently sits on the executive committee for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board as well as the California Hotel & Lodging Association. He is on the board of directors for the California Travel Association, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Hotel Association, California Hospital Medical Center Foundation, Central City Association, and is member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association General Manager Advisory Council.
2023 Landmark Award
Petersen Automotive Museum
American automotive museums have come and gone, but until publishing magnate and philanthropist Robert E. Petersen and his wife Margie opened the Petersen Automotive Museum, there was no central location in which to celebrate the entirety of automotive history, industry, culture and artistry in Los Angeles, the most car-centric city the world has yet known. Even the Petersen Automotive Museum building represents aspects of automotive history as important as the vehicles displayed inside. Its architecture, user friendly parking facility, and central location make it a living example of automobile culture in Los Angeles.
In 2015, the museum underwent an extensive $90 million renovation. The building’s façade was redesigned by the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, while designers at The Scenic Route configured interior spaces to accommodate changing exhibits that are intended to encourage repeated visits. The exterior features a stainless-steel ribbon assembly, made of 100 tons of 14-gauge type 304 steel in 308 sections, 25 supports and 140,000 custom stainless-steel screws.
The Petersen Automotive Museum is a 501(c)3 charity and exists to educate and build passion around the automobile. While maintaining a global reach, the Petersen Automotive Museum continually studies the crucial role that Los Angeles, and California as a whole, has played in the development of the automobile and its establishment as a cultural artifact. To ensure that the Petersen continues to become the center for automotive thought by presenting mobility’s past, present, and future.