Neal Patel serves as the Vice Chairman of AAHOA, the voice of America’s hotel owners. He became an AAHOA member in 2012 and soon volunteered as an ambassador. Neal joined AAHOA’s board of directors in 2016 after being elected as the Young Professional Director Western Division, a position he held for three years.

Patel is a second-generation hotelier who grew up in the industry wearing many hats as he helped his family run their first twenty-room independent property. He began his hospitality career in Texas and is the managing partner of Blue Chip Hotels, a company specializing in hotel management and consultation. Blue Chip Hotels has over 1,200 rooms in several states among both branded and independent properties.

Neal is inspired to give back to the hospitality industry through service. He serves on the HITEC Advisory Council and promotes organ donor awareness through his volunteer work with Samaj Saves Lives.