Bharat Patel, CHO, CHIA, is the Vice Chairman of AAHOA. He has been an active member of the association since 2008. He served as an Ambassador for several years before his election to the Board of Directors as Florida Regional Director in 2015.
Bharat is a second-generation hotelier who learned the hotel business through hands-on experience at properties owned by his parents. Today, he is Partner at Gulf Coast Hospitality, a company based in Sarasota, Fla.
Bharat plays an active role in his community and currently serves on the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Board of Directors, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Hotel and Restaurant Advisory Council, the Sarasota County Tourism Development Council, and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Advisory Board.
In 2023, Bharat will become AAHOA’s newest Chairman and is excited to step into the leadership role at the association’s annual convention and trade show in Los Angeles, CA.
Anyone who knows Bharat well knows he is deeply passionate about AAHOA and the hospitality industry. As Bharat continues to step into further leadership roles at AAHOA, he hopes to bring this same energy to the table as he focuses on all he wants to accomplish as Chairman of the Board to help build a better future for AAHOA and its nearly 20,000 members.
He is a graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and resides in Sarasota with his wife, Manisha, and their two children.