Largest hotel owners association announces slate of new executives


The Asian American Hotel Owners Association which controls some 50 percent of the American hospitality industry, and is made up most of Indian-American hotel/motel owners, announced its new executive leadership Aug. 13, 2020.

The organization which describes itself as the “largest hotel owners association in the world,” just held its 2020 Virtual Convention & Trade Show.

More than 19,500 AAHOA members own almost one in every two hotels in the United States. With billions of dollars in property assets and hundreds of thousands of employees,

“AAHOA members are core economic contributors in virtually every community. AAHOA is a proud defender of free enterprise and the foremost current-day example of realizing the American dream,” the organization said in a press release.

A record-setting number of eligible voters voted in this year’s election, organizers said.

Bharat Patel, CHO, of Sarasota, Fla., is the new AAHOA Secretary.

Patel is the owner of Gulf Coast Hospitality Solutions, LLC. Previously, Patel served as Florida Regional Director on AAHOA’s Board of Directors.

AAHOA members also elected the following individuals to the Board of Directors:

Arkansas Regional Director: Chintu (Danny) Patel
Florida Regional Director: Rahul I. Patel
Georgia Regional Director: Vikesh (Vik) Zaver
Greater Los Angeles Area Regional Director: Naresh (ND) Bhakta
North Central Regional Director: Bhavesh Patel
North Texas Regional Director: Dhiren Masters
Young Professional Director Eastern Division: Bhavik Patel
Female Director Eastern Division: Lina Patel

“These individuals are great additions to the Board of Directors of America’s premier hotel owners association. I am grateful for their service to our members and to the hospitality industry,” said AAHOA Chairman Biran Patel in a statement carried in the press release.

“Congratulations to Bharat Patel and to all our newly elected board members. It is an honor to work with our officers, our board, and the entire AAHOA team as we help the hospitality industry on the road to recovery,” AAHOA President & CEO Cecil P. Staton is quoted saying in the press release.



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