2020 Nomination Process & Candidate Profiles

Each candidate seeking to become an elected member of the Board of Directors shall comply with each of the qualifications set out in AAHOA Bylaws Art. V (2), the Board Member & Officer Nominations Policy, and the Board Member & Officers Elections Policy, available in full on AAHOA.com > About Us > Governance & Forms. In pertinent part, eligible candidates shall:

  • Currently serve on an AAHOA committee, have served on an AAHOA committee for one (1) full term, or have served on a hospitality industry, hospitality brand, community service, or local business association committees and/or boards.
  • Be a paid member of AAHOA by April 1 in each of the two (2) years prior to the year of election and become a lifetime member on or before the nomination deadline.
  • Have resided in the designated region or division he/she seeks to represent for a period of not less than one year immediately prior to the election.
  • Have, or have had in the past 365 days, at least twenty percent (20%) combined partnership or ownership interest in one or multiple hotels.

The nomination form is available here.  Nominations submitted through this form are applicable ONLY for the 2020-2021 term.

Nominations for Secretary were due Oct. 1, 2019.  All Secretary candidates shall either be an elected currently-serving Board member, or an outgoing Board member whose term expires on the day of elections.  Nominations for all other positions are due Feb. 16, 2020.

Candidates for Secretary

Purvi Panwala

Purvi Panwala


Bharat Patel

Bharat Patel


A second-generation hotelier, Bharat has been a hotel owner for more than 20 years and active in AAHOA since 2008, including as Ambassador for eight years. He is currently Florida Regional Director and has served on four committees: Government Affairs; Public Relations & Communications; Convention& Meetings; and Franchise & Industry Relations (F.A.I.R.), including as Chairman in the past and now as Board Liaison. Every year under his leadership as Regional Director, Florida has been in the country’s “top five” regions in membership and in PAC contributions. His achievements have repeatedly been recognized, including twice with the Chairman’s Award and as Premier Ambassador. As a hotel owner/operator, Bharat understands the challenges and concerns of all members – notably the forceful pursuit of fair franchising; competition from OTA’s and short-term rentals such as Airbnb; and extortion from nuisance lawsuits about alleged ADA violations.


Chetan Patel


Jayesh (Jay) Patel, CHA

Jayesh (Jay) Patel, CHA


My name is JAYESH (JAY) PATEL from Tampa, Florida. I am the Founder & CEO of KRUTI MANAGEMENT LLC. Under my leadership, we have built 8 new hotels and are undertaking development of projects branded by IHG, Hilton, and Marriott.   

After graduating from college, I immigrated to the U.S.  I purchased my first motel in 1994. For 25 years I’ve been developing and managing branded and independent hotels in Florida and other states.

I’m proud to be an AAHOA Lifetime member.  I’ve served as Florida Regional Director (2010-2016) and am currently Director at Large. I’ve served in numerous leadership positions with:

  • Howard Johnson
  • La Quinta
  • Rodeway
  • Holiday Inn Express (Ambassador)
  • Center Bank of Florida
  • India Cultural Center

If elected, I promise to be your VISION and your VOICE.  I will grow the PAC and protect your rights.  I promise, because YOU deserve the best. 

Sunil Patel

Sunil 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 consults individuals, companies and mentors youth on hotel acquisitions and development. Sunil brings over thirty years of hospitality experience. He has served as President of local and national 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 !!!

Candidates for Female Director Eastern Division

Lina Patel

Lina currently serves on AAHOA board. While on board, she has hosted over 35 Women’s sessions.  She has planned 2 Women’s conferences, hosted 5 Brand-Development days and 3 educational sessions at national conventions with 1,200 women attendees-largest educational session on AAHOA platform!

Lina has participated in over 12 Legislative Summits, serves on Government Affairs Committee, and hosted hotel tours with congressmen in her hometown.

She serves on Convention Committee and helps plan upcoming AAHOA convention.

When Re-elected, Lina will continue to pave the path for women hoteliers to take on leadership roles, get involved with advocacy, and be the best in personal and professional life. 

She’s a graduate of Wright-State University and settled in hospitality industry when she purchased her first hotel in 1998.

Lina’s dedication to AAHOA, Industry experience, and community involvement gives her edge to fulfill the role. She puts her heart and soul in everything she does.

Lina Patel, CHO

Candidates for Young Professional Director Eastern Division

Candidates for Arkansas Regional Director

Candidates for Florida Regional Director

Jan Gautam

Jan Gautam


Candidates for Georgia Regional Director

Candidates for Greater Los Angeles Area Regional Director

Candidates for North Central Regional Director

Bhavesh Patel

Bhavesh Patel


Bhavesh is a 1st generation hotelier with 23 years of hospitality experience and AAHOA lifetime member Since 2005. He is currently North Central Regional Director. While on board in just few months, Bhavesh has hosted 2 successful regionals and 2 townhalls. He has also participated in Legislative Summit in DC. Bhavesh’s portfolio consists of brands such as Hilton, Choice, IHG, G6 and independent hotels. He currently serves on cultural board of LPS of USA. He is involved in success of multiple cultural events at a local and national level. He is also a Trustee of local organization. Bhavesh’s leadership role shines through various hospitality and cultural events. When elected, he commits to becoming the bridge between members and AAHOA so he can help members with their issues. His goal is to keep hoteliers engaged in hospitality industry and brand standards and get them involved in legislation and regulations that impact our industry.

Candidates for North Texas Regional Director