Shailesh "Sly" Patel, CHO
...Shailesh ,Sly, Patel first joined the AAHOA board in 2004 as Washington District Regional Director and will serve a three-year term.
Born in Dabhoi, Gujarat, India and raised in Anand, Gujarat, Shailesh
immigrated to the United States in 1988 to New Jersey.He worked as a medical lab technician at Georgetown University until 1995 when he left to begin working his way through the ranks of the hotel business.Shailesh began as a front desk clerk for a Ramada Inn, working for minimum wage.
The owners of that property, seeing value in Shailesh, offered him the opportunity to purchase shares in another property in Upstate New York, officially beginning his
career as an hotelier.In 2000, he
purchased a second property and relocated to Maryland.Today Shailesh owns and operates three properties in Maryland and New Jersey.While in New York, he was a four-year member and served as chairman for one year of the New York Days Inn Alliance.An active member of AAHOA since 1995, Shailesh is a Lifetime Member of the association.He attended Sardar Patel University in Anand, Gujarat, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1984.Shailesh
wife Bhavna have two sons, Nisarg and Keval.
term on the AAHOA
board, Shailesh wants to help the association increase its membership to more than 10,000, to further the association,s political position in Washington, encourage youth involvement in AAHOA
and would like to see AAHOA,s annual convention held in Washington, D.C.