Fighting Poverty, Strengthening Communities

HMSHost is uniquely positioned to give back to the communities in which it operates by combating the cycle of poverty at the local level. It’s HMSHost Foundation’s mission to fight poverty with food, shelter education and workforce development opportunities by directing our charitable investments based on our pillars of giving:

Executive Director: Laura Sildon

Laura brings an entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude that she is utilizing to jumpstart the work of HMSHost Foundation.

For the last ten years, Laura has run her own consulting company, providing operational support, fundraising execution, managing special events and developing strategic partnerships to non-profits and corporate charitable initiatives. Prior to that, Laura was the Executive Director of Montgomery Youth Works, a charity which she grew from an idea to a successful organization with a $2M budget. Laura graduated from the University of Michigan and completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Maryland. She is the mother of two pre-teens.

Laura Sildon

Executive Director

Board of Directors

  • Paul Mamalian


  • Stephanie Havard

    Secretary & Treasurer

  • Tim Juul

    Board Member

  • Coleman Lauterbach

    Board Member

  • Steve Johnson

    Board Member

  • Jeff Yablun

    Board Member

Letter from the HMSHost Foundation President

HMSHost has exciting news to share, and we anticipate you will be as enthusiastic as our team is. HMSHost recently established the HMSHost Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to fight poverty in the local community with food, shelter, education, and workforce development. We are very proud of our associates as they reach out every day to the communities in which we operate, through food donations, composting and other sustainability initiatives, educational outreach and support, relief effort donations, and other such activities. Through their dedication and passion, our associates have become a supportive force leading positive change for those in need. But we recognized that HMSHost, as an industry leader in food & beverage for travel venues, can do more. By joining with our partners, we can take these initiatives even further. HMSHost Foundation has been created to do just that.

We look forward to supporting the community we share with you by donating funds and resources, and volunteering time toward making a strong impact to not only fight poverty, but to prevent it. We aim to provide this support through our own corporate contributions, food donations, awareness activities, and fundraising events and initiatives such as canister programs and other traveler engagement. We realize there are countless ways to give back and we are eager to take our contributions to the next level.

As the HMSHost Foundation evolves, we look forward to working alongside internal and external stakeholders in making a positive change in our community. I welcome you to reach out to us with any questions about the foundation and our mission, and I look forward to sharing our progress with you.

Paul Mamalian

HMSHost Foundation, Inc.