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Vinay Patel

Vinay Patel is the CEO of Fairbrook Hotels where he is responsible for developing and implementing the vision and strategy for his company.

Upon graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Dual Bachelor’s Degree, he opened a 15 room motel with his wife. Here he put his education to use and learned the value of hard work. In 1993 he became a member of AAHOA and in 1996 he was awarded the “Future Hotelier of the Year”. Over the years he grew his business into a multi-unit hotel company

Vinay believes in giving back by being very active in the lodging industry. He has served on the Board for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Franchise Advisory Council for Carlson Hotels and various local Boards.

With this kind of experience Vinay believes he can make a positive impact for AAHOA members and the lodging industry.

Director at Large

Vipul Dayal

Jignesh "Jerry" Patel

A second-generation hotelier, Jerry started in hospitality in 1998 and has been an AAHOA Lifetime Member since 2009. He served on the Government Affairs Committee for three years and is now in his fifth year as an Ambassador. As owner of five branded and independent hotels, Jerry understands the issues that are important to all members. And he has the experience to find solutions. For example, by building proactive partnerships with like-minded groups like happened with the NCRLA. By working with credit card processors and issuers for fewer “charge backs” to owners for legitimate expenses authorized by card holders. By developing an updated definition for “qualified service animals” and a compensation process for unreasonable property damages. And by working with brands for consistent, fair interpretation of conversion and other standards. As DAL, his focus will be helping members keep more of the money we make

Jayesh "Jay" Patel, CHA

My name is Jayesh (Jay) Patel from Tampa, Florida. I'm a lifetime member, and the past Florida BOD (2010-2016). I am running for Director at Large.

After becoming our FL Director in 2010, we increased our membership over 40%. We also increased our PAC funds to 3rd best in AAHOA.

My major goal this year is to increase the membership, not only from Florida, but nationwide and represent behalf of you on key issues such as ADA Law suits, 1031 Exchange, Joint employment, Airbnb, OTC and Franchise issues.

As your Director at large, I would like to continue building on the progress we have made by increasing PAC funds and working to protect our rights on these current issues.

Again, I am proud to be an AAHOA Lifetime member, and I welcome the opportunity to represent you and GROW AAHOA.

Please vote Jayesh (Jay) Patel for your Director at Large.

Himan Bhatia

Hotelier/Engineer having diversified experiences, Instrumental in reaching across departments and unifying cross functional team towards a common goal of success and prosperity. Grown company from zero over 100 employees; Owner and manager of eight hotel properties in NJ, PA and WV; Expanded revenue up-to more than $10MM per year through pro-active business planning and sales marketing while concurrently master-planning employee relations, vendors, suppliers and sub-contractors, overcoming adversity, and challenges. Sharpened holistic executive leadership skills in business development, market assessment, profit and loss, change management, and guest/client elite portfolio management. Captained entire operations, including revenue management, marketing and vendor management. Overcame market challengings, developing counter strategies to retain all employees, sustaining a 98% employee retention rate.

Female Director-Western Division

Nimisha Patel

Nimisha Patel is a managing partner at Vue Hotels in San Antonio where she oversees operational and development responsibility with a team of more than 75 employees. She has been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. Since, she continues to be an active participant and leader in her community.

After receiving a Finance & Economics degree from the University of Florida, her endeavors started working in corporate Finance and then permanently locating to San Antonio to start in hotel management with her husband, Ajay.

Nimisha has been an active member in a number of organizations that include being an ambassador with AAHOA, governor with Best Western International, the Women’s Junior League and the Gujarati Samaj of San Antonio.

Encouraging women in leadership has always been a passion. This opportunity will allow her to volunteer by example and help to educate and inspire all future women leaders.

Alabama Panhandle Regional Director

Nitin "Nick" Patel

It's been an honored privilege to serve as Regional Director for ALPAN Region in 2017. With all the support and dedication from our members we were able to establish many goals and become a permanent region.

Mid Atlantic Regional Director

Sanjay Patel

Mid South Regional Director

Pinal Patel

Pinal Patel is a 2nd generation hotelier from Nashville, TN. He can relate to many of the AAHOA Members, as he grew up helping his parents operate an independent property. Though he has now grown to a multi-property owner, the values his parents instilled in him, allows him to be grateful for his humble beginnings.

Pinal was educated at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach and graduated as a Professional Pilot. He realized that hotel was in his blood and moved back home to begin his journey in the hotel industry at Gaylord Hotels and now owns multiple properties.

Due to his interest in social/community work, he has been successfully involved as an Ambassador for 3 years and received Premiere-Ambassador award twice. He has been actively involved in Advocating for hoteliers in Washington,DC and serves on the Convention-and-Meeting Committee and serves on Red Roof Inn’s Franchise Advisory Board.

Sunil B Patel

Sunil is a second-generation hotelier whose story is very similar to many AAHOA members. Growing up in the hospitality industry he recognized his passion at a very early age. Through high school and college, he helped in the family business learning the basics of the hospitality business. Grooming himself for what would lie in his future.

Today he and his brother enjoy a diversified portfolio of branded hotels. Sunil also started consulting individuals and comapnies on hotel acquisitions and development

Sunil brings over thirty years of hospitality experience. He has served as President of local and national cultural organizations. He also served on the AAHOA Board as Director At Large and numerous AAHOA committees. He loves to play soccer and is an avid marathon runner. He resides in Brentwood TN with his wife Manisha, two daughters Reshma and Prishana.

Do What You Like, Like what You Do !!!

North Pacific Regional Director

Bakula Patel

A first generation immigrant to America, Bakula Patel has solidified her place within San Francisco by being an active voice within the Gujarati community while enthusiastically participating in her children’s upbringing.

From leading the PTA to working at Federal Home Loan Bank to managing several properties, Bakula raised her children with the knowledge and understanding of how to be a versatile and hard-working Indian American.

After sending them to college, Bakula now sits on the board of directors of both the Bhartiya Mandal Foundation and India Club of San Francisco, organizing several cultural events for the flourishing community of young individuals to learn about their heritage and community.

A bridge between the generations, Bakula represents a group of diligent Indian women who have spent their lives not only dedicated to their families, but to the greater fight of producing progressive change within the Indian community as a whole.

Kamalesh Patel

Northeast Regional Director

Jayesh R. Patel

Jayesh Patel founded and currently leads Rudra Management and Rosewood Hotels, based out of Buffalo, NY. After graduating from high school, Jayesh immigrated to the United States and moved to Dunkirk, NY, where he purchased his first motel in 1995. In 2002, Jayesh began his aggressive vision to acquire, develop, and manage hotels in Upstate New York and the Northeast. Starting from the bottom up, Jayesh today leads his companies, which manage 50 hotels with multiple brands and independent properties.

Jayesh served as the Northeast Regional Director for AAHOA from 2010-2016, as he is very passionate about the industry. Jayesh believes in the AAHOA organization and working towards a providing a unified voice of the association for its members to keep a balance within the lodging industry between the franchisor and the franchisee. Jayesh has also earned the Certified Hotel Owner (CHO) designation.

Northwest Regional Director

Hitesh Patel


South Carolina Regional Director

Fenil Desai

Mr. Fenil Desai Is a 1st Generation hotelier. He has served for AAHOA as ambassador 3 years now.

He is also on the Franchise Advisory Council for Red Roof Inn.

He comes from humble beginings which helps him strive for success.

He helps the local community by serving his local gujrati samajs located in Orangeburg, and Charleston SC.

Mr. Desais experience and cultural background he is needed in AAHOA to make a bright future for our fellow members and lodging members.

Chetan "Chet" Patel

I am a second generation hotelier who took over operation of the family business back in 2003. I am currently the Managing Member of Sheetal LLC of Beaufort and Timba LLC. Started getting involved with AAHOA back in 2014 and have attended numerous Legislative Summits in Washington DC and Columbia SC. I am CHO Certified from AAHOA and actively involved in the hotel industry in my hometown of Beaufort SC.

South Central Texas Regional Director

Girish "Gary" Patel

Girish "Gary" Patel is the Owner/General Manager of the Rodeway Inn Lackland, since 2004. And will own Candlewood Suite New constructions opening in next two months. The property's are situated just two miles from Lackland Air Force Base, and only 10 miles from both San Antonio Sea World and the San Antonio Riverwalk. Gary Patel is also in his first term as Regional Director for AAHOA's South Central Texas Region. As Regional Director. Gary is also serving as a voice for the roughly 800 hoteliers in the Region - and is tasked with growing and working with our membership in Texas, to both assist hoteliers in their day-to-day operations, and ensure that the area's hoteliers are actively engaging with the local communities and engaging in political affairs.

Gary has been an active committee member of the local IASA, GSSA & National associations of LPS OF USA .

Mike "Mahendra" Patel

Hello All!

My name is Mike ‘Mahendra’ Patel of South Padre Island, Texas. I immigrated to this beautiful country – the land of opportunity in 1986. I have been living in the South Central, Texas for more than 20 years. I have been involved with building and operating franchised and non-franchised hotels since 1994 so for that reason I know the issues the hoteliers have.

Our South Central Texas region needs stronger leadership and I’m running for Director of our region. I have been involved in many volunteer activities throughout my adolescent life. It’s my passion. I am a proven leader and I can get the job done! As an experienced leader I have an unwavering commitment to make our region stronger and the courage to make tough decisions.

Following three are my watch words:

  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Honesty
I promise is that together we will make it right.

South Pacific Regional Director

Mike Riverside

Naresh ND Bhakta

Hotelier with passion for hospitality

Southeast Texas Regional Director

Sawan Patel

Sawan Patel is a Managing Partner at Unity Hotels Group. He is an active and engaged young professional in the hospitality industry and oversees his family's management and development operation. Sawan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and is currently pursuing his Master's in Business Administration (MBA). He has extensive experience working for one of the largest hotel management companies in the industry: Aimbridge Hospitality.

In addition to his work experience, he currently serves on AAHOA’s Young Professional Committee and has served as an ambassador for the Southeast Texas region for the last three years. He also serves on Red Lion’s Brand Advisory Board and on the Harris County Republican Party Young Professional Committee.

Being the son of a former Regional Director, Sawan has been involved with AAHOA from a young age and is a passionate individual who is committed to continue working towards strengthening the association.

Southwest Regional Director

Imesh Vaidya

Imesh Vaidya, a lifetime AAHOA member, is currently the Director of the Southwest region of AAHOA. As a director, Imesh has served on the following AAHOA committees: Strategic Planning, Convention, Franchise and Industry Relations, Sponsorship (chairman), Education and Professional Development (liason), and Awards and Recognition (liason). Additionally, he has served as Ambassador for the Southwest region from 2011 to 2015. He has attended numerous AAHOA Legislative Summits and AAHOA Leadership Conferences. Imesh is a second generation hotelier that was born in India and raised in New Mexico where his parents operated several independent hotels. Currently, Premier Hospitality owns and manages seven franchised properties and is developing three others. He is a graduate of the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico. Other educational courses completed include the Emory Global Leadership Institute Program and the Cornell IAHI Real Estate Program.

Upper Midwest Regional Director

Kalpesh Joshi

Mr.Kalpesh Joshi, an active leader in the Indian American community of the greater Chicagoland area, is an established entrepreneur with experience in the Hospitality, Restaurant, Finance, Travel and Electronics, a 18 year veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. Joshi also served as G6 Hospitality Owners Advisory council, Chairperson Award and Recognition committee AAHOA, Care and Share President, Federation of Indian Assn. Chicago, Midwest Asian American Center. He is now a Upper Midwest regional director representing 7 states among other involvements furthering his commitment to our community a key supporter of efforts to increase political action in the Indian American Community, Mr. Joshi has participated in liaison efforts with the Mayor and Governor offices as well as served on statewide advisory committees and bipartisan fundraising efforts for pro Indian American community candidates.


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