Shailesh (Sly) Patel

Vice President Owner Relations & Procurement

Professional Profile

Over 25 years experience as hotelier consultant and business owner. Expertise in areas ranging from business administration to marketing hotel products and services to recruiting and training staff. Key Accomplishments:

  • Entrepreneur who grew multiple businesses to millions in annual sales through effective business planning, creative sales techniques, and innovative marketing. 
  • Expert knowledge and skills in all facets of acquisition and renovation of hotel / motel businesses through partnerships with franchisors. 
  • Recognized by clients and colleagues as a consummate professional with a high degree of personal integrity. Known for a contagious passion for excellence, a talent for resourceful business solutions, and a capacity for motivational leadership. 
  • Possess outstanding communication and presentation abilities. Effectively market tangible/intangible products and services; skilled in persuasive presentation and profitable negotiation. Offer excellent customer relations skills. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Tulsi Management, Inc. – 2010-Present - President 

  • Operate and manage limited and full service hotels. 

    Hunt Valley Hospitality, Inc., – Hampton Inn of Hunt Valley Hunt Valley, MD 2000 to 2010 - President 

  • Supervise major renovation process and operation. Prepared budgets and implemented new marketing strategies which resulted in room revenue being increased by 42%. 
  • Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the hotel and its staff and have commercial accountability for planning, organizing and directing all hotel services. 
  • Maintain a high-standard performance record via exceptional service, follow-through, and specific attention to detail which resulted in higher sales. 
  • Direct marketing efforts to promote visibility and introduce new products. 
  • Analyze complex situations, designed practical solutions, and implemented cost-effective plans. 
  • Develop personnel, motivated staff to exceed goals, and improved production and sales. 
  • Holiday Inn King Express, LLC, Holiday Inn Express, Harrington, DE 2005 to 2012 - Vice President 
  • Prepare budgets and implemented new marketing strategies which resulted in room revenue being increased year over year. 
  • Responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the hotel and its staff and have commercial accountability for planning, organizing and directing all hotel services. 
  • Consistently ranked #1 for quality for the past two years. 

North Star Travel Plaza, Best Western, Baltimore, MD 2004 to 2012 - Vice President 

  • Supervise major renovation process and operation. Prepared budgets and implemented new marketing strategies which resulted in room revenue being increased by 28%. 
  • Selected and hired self-motivated sales staff and trained them to be hard-working, customer-focused and educated in their field, enabling them to work with minimal day-to-day supervision. 
  • Researched and analyzed the hotel market and re-focused business in response to market changes, making sure company always offered quality and competitive products. 

Tulsi Enterprises Inc., Days Inn and Super 8 Motel, Batavia, NY 1996 – 2000 - President/ General Manager 

  • Managed and supervised entire renovation projects and ensured on time and on budget milestones were achieved. CENDENT standards were installed throughout the project renovation to convert to Super 8 Motel status. 
  • Operated hotels to profitability and supervised all aspects of general management responsibility. 

Balaji Investments Inc., Ramada Inn, Comfort Inn, and Super 8 Motel, Washington D.C. and Maryland Area 1994 – 1996 General Manager 

  • Managed and supervised entire renovation projects and ensured on time and on budget milestones were achieved. Installed processes and new management team to combat poor performance and poor quality problems. 
  • Managed budgets, operational strategy, for all profit and loss financials for various properties. 
  • Ensure same room sales and operating profits were up from year to year. 

Georgetown University Hospital, Washington D.C. 1989 – 1995 Supervisor – Medical Technologist 

  • Conducted laboratory tests including microscopic, bacteriological, and chemical tests. 
  • Observed tests and reactions and provided data to doctors and other hospital personnel. 
  • Managed tasks and schedules for direct reports. 

    Metpath Inc., Teterboro, NJ 1988 – 1989 Supervisor – Medical Technologist 

  • Responsible for testing, quality controls and reports. 
  • Conducted experiments on samples and provided analysis to various customers. 

EDUCATION 

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry (India, 1984) 

MEMBERSHIPS 

  • Director at Large, AAHOA – 2009 to 2012 
  • Vice president Gujarati Samaj of Baltimore- Present 
  • Commissioner- Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs – 2007 to 2012 
  • Indian American Leadership Council – 2006 to Present 
  • Member of Board of Director, Children Cancer Foundation – 2006 to 2008 
  • Director, AAHOA – Washington District Regional – 2004 to 2007, 2013-14 
  • President, Anand Mitra Mandal – 2006 to 2007 
  • Past Member and Chairman, New York Days Inn Alliance – 1996 to 2000