Board of Directors: Vice Chairman

Miraj S. Patel, MBA, CHO, CHIA

Miraj S. Patel, MBA, CHO, CHIA

AAHOA Vice Chairman

Miraj S. Patel, MBA, CHO, CHIA, serves as the Vice Chairman of AAHOA, the world's largest hotel owners association. He served as a committee member for several years and joined AAHOA’s board of directors in 2019 after being elected as the Young Professional Director Western Division.

Miraj is a second-generation hotelier who began his career in hospitality from a young age growing up in his family’s first 30-room independent property. Today, Miraj is President of Wayside Investment Group, a Texas-based company that specializes in making opportunistic investments in the lodging and hospitality real estate sector. He has spoken at several prestigious and high-profile business, educational, social, and legislative conferences; while being recognized in various trade magazines.

Over the years, Miraj has exemplified a strong track record of leadership in the industry. Aside from his devotion to the hospitality industry, he is a firm believer in giving back to the community. He serves on various industry associations and charitable organizations, and continues to seek opportunities to make a positive difference.

Miraj earned his Master's in Business Administration, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Lodging Management from Johnson and Wales University in Miami, Florida.