Page 67 - IACC Newsletter October November 2013 Issue 13

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Dilipkumar Patel to Serve as Best Western Board Chairman
Dilipkumar Patel outside his property.
Best Western International announced Dec. 12 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 19 years, the Indian
American has served the brand as a governor and a member of the Design Advisory Committee. He has also served as
chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association and a director on the board of the Georgia Hotel & Lodging
Patel is an expert in all facets of the hospitality industry, including acquisition, construction, planning, development,
design, management, and finance.
Patel was born and raised in Gujarat and moved to the United States after attending college in India. He learned the hotel
business from the ground up, starting at a family-owned hotel in Huntsville, Ala. With the help of educational programs
from AAHOA and other hospitality institutions, he enhanced his development and operational knowledge.
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 Patel serving as general contractor for most of the projects.
Patel is also founder of the American Pride Bank, a community-based bank with branches in Macon and Warner Robins,
Ga. He currently serves as the bank’s chairman.
Patel is an active humanitarian and fundraiser who serve on the boards of several non-profit organizations. Patel and his
wife have two children and live in Kathleen, Ga.
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