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


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. 

Candidates for Female Director Eastern Division

Lina Patel

Lina Patel