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VIDEO: Hasmukh (H.P.) Rama, AAHOA’s Founding Chairman, Inspires the Next Generation of Hoteliers

| Nov 18, 2022

Hasmukh (H.P.) Rama, AAHOA’s Founding Chairman, shared his story of success, setbacks, and hard work during a recent Tetley Distinguished Leader Lecture Series at Kennesaw State University. 

As a first-generation hotelier, Rama entered the industry in April 1973, owning his first 40-room independent motel in Pomona, CA. Today, Rama is Chairman of the Board at Auro Hotels, a hospitality firm that owns more than 30 hotels and operates under the Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt brands. The students in the room were inspired and empowered to achieve their version of the American Dream and even consider a life-long career in hospitality. 

“He talks about the American dream. That’s the dream of any first-generation or second-generation person who is an immigrant,” KSU student Aaron Franco said.

“It’s amazing to hear how he started from nothing and now owns so many hotels,” KSU student Brooke Mock shared. 

“Having people like him who have that passion is cool,” said KSU student Sabrina Hardy, “It makes you want to have that passion, too.”

To champion the next generation of hoteliers, AAHOA has partnered with KSU to establish the Michael Leven and Lee Dushoff AAHOA Scholarship for Compassionate Leadership. The scholarship honors the legacy of two leaders instrumental to AAHOA’s founding and provides financial assistance to exceptional students in the hospitality program at KSU. Make a difference in the lives of future hoteliers by donating to the scholarship today! Please know that your donation to this scholarship is fully tax-deductible.

Want more inspiring details about Rama's impact on the hospitality industry and the next generation? Watch the full video on Rama’s talk to KSU students today!

Please visit for more information about the scholarship.

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