2022 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 Election Governing Protocol, 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. 

Nominations for Secretary are due Oct. 1, 2021.  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. The nomination period for all other positions closes Feb. 14, 2022.


To declare your candidacy, please complete the nomination form and submit all relevant materials.


Candidates for Secretary

Headshot- Kamalesh KP Patel

Kamalesh (KP) Patel

Headshot - Sandip Patel

Sandip Patel

As your Secretary, my goal is big but attainable: to increase the income of every AAHOA member by $500 to $1,000 per room per year. How? By negotiating with brands to change certain standards; to reduce unnecessary fees and costs; and to eliminate vendor surcharges and inefficiencies. Also by maintain pro-active government advocacy with two goals: enacting more laws and rules that help hotel owners, while defeating laws and rules that hurt us. My perspective and priorities are shaped as a second-generation hotelier who has served 6 years as AAHOA ambassador and 2 years as Regional Director; who has owned and managed more than 20 hotels since 1993; and who currently operates both branded and independent properties. Today, your ROI – and mine – is unacceptable and unsustainable. My commitment is to change that, with straight talk and meaningful results. No more passing the buck; instead we’ll re-focus on making a buck.

Candidates for Director At Large

Candidates for Central Midwest Regional Director

Candidates for North Carolina Regional Director

Candidates for Northwest Regional Director

Candidates for Northeast Regional Director

Candidates for Alabama Regional Director

Candidates for Upper Midwest Regional Director

Candidates for Washington DC Area Regional Director

Candidates for Young Professional Director – Western Division