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AAHOA Committees

AAHOA Committees help guide AAHOA’s strategic direction and provide perspective of hotel owners from across the nation in such areas as education and professional development, franchise and industry relations, and government affairs.


Bylaws and Governance

This committee is charged with routinely reviewing all of AAHOA's governing documents. This committee also considers proposed changes to these documents and provides guidance to the board on potential changes.

Committee Members
  • Kamalesh (KP) Patel

    Santa Cruz, CA

    Committee Chair

  • Vinay Patel

    Aldie, VA

    Committee Member

  • Bharat (Bruce) Patel

    Irving, TX

    Committee Member

  • Bakulesh (Buggsi) Patel

    Lake Oswego, OR

    Committee Member

  • Fenil Desai

    West Columbia, SC

    Committee Member

  • Rahul Patel

    Lakewood Ranch, FL

    Committee Member

  • Bhavik Patel

    St. Petersburg, FL

    Committee Member

  • Pinal Patel

    Nashville, TN

    Committee Member

  • Dinesh (Dan) Rama

    Phoenix, AZ

    Committee Member

  • Ramesh Gokal

    Henderson, NV

    Committee Member

  • Navnit Patel

    Bristow, VA

    Committee Member

  • Chetan (Chet) Patel

    Beaufort, SC

    Team Liaison (Non-Voting)

  • Laura Lee Blake

    Atlanta, GA

    Team Liaison


Education and Professional Development

This committee develops ideas for timely and relevant education and professional-development programs for AAHOA Members.

Committee Members
  • RP Rama

    Orlando, FL

    Committee Chair

  • Tanmay Patel

    Dallas, TX

    Board Liaison (Non-Voting)

  • Nancy Patel

    Corpus Christi, TX

    Committee Member

  • Purnima Patel

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Committee Member

  • Bhavik Patel

    Saint Petersburg, FL

    Committee Member

  • Rickesh Patel

    Blue Springs, MO

    Committee Member

  • Amin (Mark) Muhammad

    Texarkana, TX

    Committee Member

  • Meghna Patel

    Sarasota, FL

    Committee Member

  • Yash Patel

    Riverside, CA

    Committee Member

  • Mahendra (MZ) Patel

    Monmouth Junction, NJ

    Committee Member

  • Ankit Panchal

    Antioch, CA

    Committee Member

  • Mitesh Patel

    Cantonment, FL

    Committee Member

  • Heather Carnes

    Atlanta, GA

    Team Liaison


Finance and Audit

This committee reviews monthly financial statements and helps develop the association's annual budget.

Committee Members
  • Miraj S. Patel

    Houston, TX

    Committee Co-Chair

  • Mukesh Mowji

    San Jose, CA

    Committee Co-Chair

  • Kamalesh (KP) Patel

    Santa Cruz, CA

    Board Liaison (Voting)

  • Jay (Jimmy) Patel

    Advance, NC

    Committee Member

  • Naresh (Nash) Patel

    Pensacola, FL

    Committee Member

  • Vijal Suthar

    Eastvale, CA

    Committee Member

  • Darshan Patel

    San Diego, CA

    Committee Member

  • Mayank Mohan

    Santa Monica, CA

    Committee Member

  • Saajan Patel

    Houston, TX

    Committee Member

  • Pinal Patel

    Nashville, TN

    Committee Member

  • Akshat Patel

    Cary, NC

    Committee Member

  • Janak Marolia

    Orlando, FL

    Committee Member

  • Frederick Thompson

    Atlanta, GA

    Team Liaison


Franchise and Industry Relations

This committee provides a forum for the exchange of ideas on franchise-related issues and the hospitality industry

Committee Members
  • Pimal Patel

    Houston, TX

    Committee Chair

  • Taran Patel

    Kennewick, WA

    Board Liaison (Non-Voting)

  • Nitin Shah

    Sarasota, FL

    Committee Member

  • Hitesh Bhakta

    Orange, CA

    Committee Member

  • Parth Patel

    Texas City, TX

    Committee Member

  • Nauman Panjwani

    Greenville, SC

    Committee Member

  • Lina Patel

    Cincinnati, OH

    Committee Member

  • Harikrishna (HK) Patel

    Walton, KY

    Committee Member

  • Neil Patel

    Raymondville, TX

    Committee Member

  • Dae Patel

    Pensacola, FL

    Committee Member

  • Keyur (KP) Patel

    Cary, NC

    Committee Member

  • Jayesh Patel
    Seguin, TX Committee Member
  • Laura Lee Blake

    Atlanta, GA

    Team Liaison


Government Affairs

This committee reviews and makes recommendations on AAHOA PAC activity to the board. It also provides feedback on AAHOA's legislative priorities.

Committee Members
  • Digvijay (Danny) Gaekwad

    Ocala, FL

    Committee Chair

  • Dharmesh Ahir

    Phoenix, AZ

    Board Liaison (Non-Voting)

  • Kalpesh Joshi

    Naperville, IL

    Committee Member

  • Arti Patel

    Del City, OK

    Committee Member

  • Jan Gautam

    Orlando, FL

    Committee Member

  • Rahul Patel

    Lakewood Ranch, FL

    Committee Member

  • Hiren Jetha

    Little Rock, AR

    Committee Member

  • Mehul Patel

    Eden Prairie, MN

    Committee Member

  • GJ Zala

    Chino Hills, CA

    Committee Member

  • Darshana Patel

    Owensboro, KY

    Committee Member

  • Niraj Baxi

    San Jose, CA

    Committee Member

  • Alpesh Jivan

    Ukiah, CA

    Committee Member

  • Dean Heyl

    Washington, DC

    Team Liaison


Independent Hoteliers

This group makes recommendations to the board on how to increase the engagement of independent hoteliers in AAHOA and make membership even more valuable to this audience.

Committee Members
  • Vipul Dayal

    San Diego, CA

    Committee Chair

  • Mahendra (MZ) Patel

    Monmouth Junction, NJ

    Board Liaison (Non-Voting)
  • Jayesh (Jay) Patel

    Tampa, FL

    Committee Member

  • Vraj Patel

    Bradenton, FL

    Committee Member

  • Prashant Patel

    San Luis Obispo, CA

    Committee Member

  • Pinkesh Patel

    Charlotte, NC

    Committee Member

  • Richard Lindhorn

    Monrovia, CA

    Committee Member

  • Samir Patel

    San Benito, TX

    Committee Member

  • Kunj Patel

    Pinellas Park, FL

    Committee Member

  • Timesh Patel

    South Gate, CA

    Committee Member

  • Ravi Patel

    Long Beach, CA

    Committee Member

  • Brandon Jackson

    Atlanta, GA

    Team Liaison


Strategic Planning

This committee is a venue for focused discussion, feedback, and recommendations for the strategic direction of AAHOA.

Committee Members
  • Bharat Patel

    Sarasota, FL

    Committee Chair

  • Pratik Patel

    San Antonio, TX

    Committee Member

  • Jagruti Panwala

    Ivyland, PA

    Committee Member

  • Mehul Patel

    Grapevine, TX

    Committee Member

  • Vik Zaver

    Alpharetta, GA

    Committee Member

  • Harikrishna (HK) Patel

    Walton, KY

    Committee Member

  • Vimal Patel

    Broussard, LA

    Committee Member

  • Mihir Patel

    Kansas City, MO

    Committee Member

  • Shreyas (JR) Patel

    Itasca, IL

    Committee Member

  • Mayur Patel

    Irving, TX

    Committee Member

  • Jyoti Sarolia

    Escondido, CA

    Committee Member

  • Nimisha Patel

    San Antonio, TX

    Committee Member

  • Laura Lee Blake

    Atlanta, GA

    Team Liaison


Past Chair Council

Composed of longtime AAHOA leaders, these committee members khow AAHAO's institutional history Its members actively participate in the Strategic Planning Bylaws & Governance, Franchies and Finance & Audit committees.

Committee Members
  • Vinay Patel

    2021 Chairman

  • Biran Patel

    2020 Chairman

  • Jagruti Panwala

    2019 Chairwoman

  • Hitesh (HP) Patel

    2018 Chairman

  • Bhavesh Patel

    2017 Chairman

  • Bruce Patel

    2016 Chairman

  • Jay (Jimmy) Patel

    2015 Chairman

  • Pratik Patel

    2014 Chairman

  • Mehul Patel

    2013 Chairman

  • Alkesh Patel

    2012 Chairman

  • Hemant Patel

    2011 Chairman

  • ChandraKant Patel

    2010 Chairman

  • Tarun Patel

    2009 Chairman

  • Ashwin (Ash) Patel

    2008 Chairman

  • Dilipkumar (Danny) Patel

    2007 Chairman

  • Mukesh Mowji

    2006 Chairman

  • Manhar (MP) Rama

    2005 Chairman

  • Naresh (Nash) Patel

    2004 Chairman

  • Hitesh Bhakta

    2003 Chairman

  • Mahesh (Mike) Amin

    2002 Chairman

  • Dhansukh Patel

    2001 Chairman

  • Bakulesh (Buggsi) Patel

    2000 Chairman

  • Ramesh Surati

    1999 Chairman

  • Mike Patel

    1998 Chairman

  • Jayanti (JP) Rama

    1997 Chairman

  • JK Patel

    1996 Chairman

  • Bharat Shah

    1995 Chairman

  • Harish (Harry) Pattni

    1994 Chairman

  • Nitin Shah

    1993 Chairman

  • Ravi Patel

    1992 Chairman

  • Hasmukh (HP) Rama

    1991 Chairman


AAHOA 2023-2024 Committee Application

The participation and talent of our dynamic membership is vital to AAHOA's success. If you want to make a difference for AAHOA Members and the hospitality community, we encourage you to apply to serve on an AAHOA committee.

  • Eligible applicants are AAHOA members in good standing.
  • Make sure your membership is current by joining or renewing today at MyAAHOA.com.
  • Members may apply to serve on any of the committees with vacancies listed below:
    • Bylaws & Governance - 4 Director Seats
    • Education & Professional Development - 1 Board Liaison, 2 Director/Members and 3 Member Seats
    • Finance & Audit - 2 Board Member/Member and 1 Member seats
    • Franchise & Industry Relations - 1 Board Liasison 1 Past Chair and 4 Member seats
    • Government Affairs - 1 Board Liasison, 2 Director/ Member and 5 Member seats
    • Independent Hoteliers - 1 Board Liasison, and 4 Member seats
    • Stratigic Planning - 2 Board Director and 2 Member seats
    • Strategic Planning - 2 Past Chair, 2 Director and 1 Member seats

Applicants are encouraged to review each committee's job description (located in the AAHOA Governance Policy, pages 8-15): to ensure they meet all prerequisites.

Application Deadline is April 14, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST

Apply to Serve!