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Hotel Management: The Accidental Hotelier: Incoming AAHOA Chairman Neal Patel

| Apr 29, 2022

Neal Patel’s AAHOA story begins in India but blossoms in the U.S., where he and his family immigrated to in 2004, living a peripatetic lifestyle that included extended-family stays through various states.

The family finally settled in Giddings, Texas, where his father pumped his live savings into buying a 20-room motel, financed with equity and interest-free loans with the help from friends and family. The family later sold their first hotel and bought a franchised hotel in Round Rock, Texas.

Today, not only is Patel the youngest AAHOA Chairman, but he also is a managing partner of Blue Chip Hotels, which owns eight hotels totaling some 1,100 rooms. During his tenure as AAHOA Chairman, Patel will champion technology and address issues impacting members, including workforce shortages and franchise-related concerns. 

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