The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) announced the winners of the John Whitaker Award and the State Leadership Awards during the first day of the association's 2013 Legislative Action Summit (LAS) in Washington, D.C. The State Leadership Awards were created in 1998 to honor standout members in each partner state association who help implement and strengthen programs. Award recipients, who are chosen by AH&LA's partner state associations, hailed from over 15 states across the nation.
AAHOA’s Vice Chairman and South Central Texas Regional Director Pratik R.Patel, MBA/MSIS/CHA/CHO, was the recipient of the State Leadership Award for his strong support of the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association. Pratik is a second-generation hotelier raised in San Antonio, Texas and President of JMP Hospitality Inc., which includes branded hotel properties such as Accor, IHG, and Wyndham. He has been an active member of the San Antonio Hotel & Lodging Association since 2007, where he currently serves on the board of directors. In 2008 Pratik was also nominated to serve with the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, and in 2011 was nominated to represent the Texas Lodging properties in AH&LA. Pratik attributes the success of Texas to the continued support of the AAHOA Ambassadors and AAHOA’s prolific relationship with Scott Joslove, TH&LA President and CEO. For more information on the State Leadership Awards, please visit www.ahla.com.
In 2011, Pratik was elected to Secretary of AAHOA and currently serves as Vice-Chairman. He first served on the AAHOA Board of Directors when he was elected as the South Central Texas Regional Director in 2010, a position he still maintains. Pratik currently lives in San Antonio with his wife, Akta, and his two daughters, Jayna and Misha.
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The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) is THE voice of owners in the hospitality industry. Founded in 1989, AAHOA is now one of the fastest-growing organizations in the industry, with more than 11,000 members owning more than 20,000 hotels that total $128 billion in property value. AAHOA members employ 578,600 full- and part-time workers with a $9.4 billion payroll. AAHOA Officers include Chairman Mehul Patel, CHA, CHO; Vice Chairman Pratik Patel, CHA, CHO, MBA, MSIS; Treasurer Jay “Jimmy” Patel, CHO; Secretary Bharat “Bruce” Patel, CHO; and President Fred Schwartz, each of whom works closely with a 33-member Board of Directors to provide direction for the association. AAHOA is dedicated to promoting and protecting the interests of its members by inspiring excellence through programs and initiatives in advocacy, industry leadership, professional development, member benefits, and community involvement.
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