Executive in Residence
Office: HRM North, Room 104
John R. Cauvin is a 30-year, multi-cultural hospitality-industry veteran; Executive-in-Residence at Northern Arizona University; and formerly president and CEO of Scottsdale, AZ-based Windmill Inns of America, Inc., Cauvin is a graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration and a Master of Science Degree from Cornell University Graduate School. He is also a graduate of L’Ecole Hoteliere of Lausanne in Switzerland.
While attending Cornell, Cauvin received hands-on experience while working in various management positions for ITT Sheraton Corp in Boston and New York City. He also served as Managing Director for Trusthouse Forte.
In 1984, Cauvin headed West settling in Southern Oregon, where he purchased the two struggling Windmill Inn properties and turned them around from near insolvency to a profitable independently owned and operated hotel company with properties located in Oregon, Arizona, and California.
Cauvin serves as C.E.O. of Lodging Unlimited - West, the West Coast partner to Chicago based Lodging Unlimited Inc. headed by Morris Lasky. Together they provide management services worldwide. Cauvin is an active supporter of Northern Arizona University and Cornell University Hotel Alumni Association. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Southern Oregon University for 10 years. He currently serves on the Northern Arizona School of Hotel and Restaurant Management National Advisory Board.
He is a licensed instrument rated multi-engine pilot, flying jets, helicopters and gliders. He enjoys skiing, bass fishing, horses and spending quality time with his family in Flagstaff and Scottsdale, Arizona.