Best Western Announces 2014 Board Officers
Dilipkumar Patel to Serve as Board Chairman
PHOENIX (December 12, 2013) – Best Western International announced today that its board of directors has elected Dilipkumar ‘Danny’ Patel as board chairman. Patel is the owner of the BEST WESTERN Hawkinsville Inn & Suites in Hawkinsville, Ga., and the BEST WESTERN PLUS Bradbury Inn & Suites in Waycross, Ga.
Patel has more than 25 years of hospitality experience. A Best Western member for more than 17 years, he has served the brand as a governor and a member of the Design Advisory Committee. He has also served a as chairman for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association and a director on the board of the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association. Patel is an expert in all facets of the hospitality industry, including acquisition, construction, planning, development, design, management, and finance.
“Having a board of directors comprised of current hotel operators ensures Best Western is focused on the current and future opportunities our hotel owners face,” said Best Western President and CEO David Kong. “Danny’s diverse experience makes him an ideal board chair for 2014.”
With the 1990 purchase of his first hotel in Montezuma, Ga., Patel launched Peach State Hospitality, the hotel development and management company of which he remains CEO. Peach State has developed 32 branded and independent hotels in Georgia and Alabama, with Mr. Patel serving as general contractor for most of the projects.
Jay Patel, board director for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas was elected board vice chair for 2014. Director Terry Porter, who represents Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, will serve as board secretary-treasurer.
Rounding out the Board is Beth Campbell, Anthony Klok, Julie Montmaneix and James Cosgrove.
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