Executive Committee

Ravi Patel - Chairman

Ravi Patel, Chairman of SREE Hotels is native to Nadi, Fiji Islands where he spent time studying Chemistry and Physics at Saint Xavier’s College. Prior to SREE Hotels, Ravi received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at Auburn University in Alabama and worked as an engineer for National Tire Company. He joined the hospitality industry after watching the successes of a friend. Ravi is the founding member of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA).

Ravi’s Professional Affiliations:

Board of Directors

1984-88/2003-08 – Hindu Center, Charlotte NC
1996-2002 – Educational Institute of AH&LA
1996-Present – Hospitality & Tourism Alliance (HTA), Charlotte, NC
2000-2008 – Educational Institute Certification Committee
2001-2002 – School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Mgt, University of SC
2002-2010 – Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, Treasurer 2007-2008
2004-2007 – Charlotte Chamber Board of Advisors

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2003-2007 – Thurston Arthritis Research Center, University of NC, Chapel Hill, NC Secretary/Treasurer
2007-2008 – Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) Chairman
2005-2006 – Hindu Center, Charlotte, NC
2000-2008 – Educational Institute Certification Commission (AH&LA), Vice Chairman
2006-2007 – Hospitality & Tourism Alliance (HTA), Charlotte, NC
2010-2012 – Hindu Center Board of Honorary Trustees Member
2003-2005 – President’s Council, Central Piedmont Community College

Awards and Special Recognitions

1987 – “Distinguished Service to the Econo Lodge System” presented by the International Franchise Association and Econo Lodges of America, Inc
1990 – “Oberi Award of Excellence” presented by the Asian American Hotel Owners Association to an Asian American who exemplified standard of excellence in lodging industry.
1995 – “Economy Lodging Person of the Year” presented by the AH&LA for his contribution to the strength and vitality of the lodging industry and involvement in AH&LA and community activities.
2000 – Lodging Magazine profiled Ravi as one of the 75 leaders in the hospitality industry in its August 2000 issue.
2000/2004/2006 – “Outstanding Hospitality Person of the Year” by the Greater Charlotte Hospitality & Tourism Alliance (HTA) as one whose dedication and efforts were vital in achieving HTA’s mission of Promoting, Protecting and Serving the hospitality industry.
2006 – Marriott Partnership Circle Award.
2009 – Patrick McCrory International Entrepreneur Award.
2012 – Father of the Year Award, American Diabetes Association .

Chandra Patel - Vice Chairman

As Vice Chairman, Chandra is responsible for managing financial risks, planning, record keeping and analysis of data. As one of the founders of SREE Hotels, Chandra has been with SREE for the past 32 years. A graduate of Gujarat University, India, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting as well as his MBA from Atlanta University. Prior to SREE, Chandra worked as a Business Manager at Friendship College, Rock Hill South Carolina.

Chandra’s Professional Affiliations:

Hindu Center, Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Hotel/Motel Association
Carolina Asian/Indian Business Association
Asian/American Hotel Owners Association
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals

Jay Patel - Executive Vice President

As the Executive Vice President, Jay is responsible for Purchasing and Capital Improvements of the entire portfolio SREE Hotels. Jay manages all vendors relationships for new construction and renovation projects, as well as the day to day suppliers for all hotels. Jay ensures all brand standards are exceeded, while achieving the highest level of quality in all products being purchased. He has been with SREE Hotels for 32 years. Prior to working with SREE Hotels Jay ran a restaurant in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. He spent time studying in India receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree as well as studying Drafting in the United States.

Parag Patel - Chief Financial Officer & Chief Development Officer

As the CFO & CDO for SREE Hotels, Parag is responsible for ensuring the Growth and Financial Stability of the company. This entails managing relationships with all stakeholders including lenders, partners, investors, and franchisees. Prior to joining SREE Hotels, Parag worked at First Union Capital Markets for 2 years. Parag graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, as well as receiving his MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of South Carolina.

Vinay Patel - President & Chief Executive Officer

Vinay serves as the President & CEO for SREE Hotels and is responsible for day to day operations and sales for the portfolio. He was Vice President for Microtel Inn & Suites prior to joining SREE Hotels. This included tracking performances, customer satisfaction and different brand specific sales results. Vinay had also worked with Marketing for Knights Franchise Systems as vice president, involving himself in the creation of the Knights Inn Co-Operative Council (KICC) which was a regional marketing and training program. Studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vinay received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.

Vinay’s Professional Affiliations:

American Hotel & Lodging Association ( AH&LA) – Board of Directors – North Carolina Representative
North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) – Board of Directors
Residence Inn by Marriott Franchise Advisory Committee (TRIA) – Elected Member
Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) – Board of Directors, Vice Chair FY2011, Chairman FY2012
Charlotte Chamber – Board of Advisors
Lake Norman CVB – Board of Directors
Cabarrus County CVB – Board of Directors