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Mr. Patel

Sheenal Patel

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, NVN Hotels

Sheenal Patel is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of NVN Hotels, named one of the nation's top hotel companies Hotel Management Magazine in 2015. In this role, Mr. Patel leads general corporate strategy and all efforts related to property management. He is also Principal of NVN Hotels' investment affiliate, Arbor Lodging Partners. Mr. Patel co-founded NVN Hotels in 2006 with high school classmate Mr. Bonthala.

Today NVN Hotels has grown to a leading hotel management company approved for management by Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and IHG, with a national portfolio of hotels and more than 500 associates around the country. The NVN Hotels team has a long history of providing strong leadership for hotel operations and a reputation for presenting innovative solutions for the many challenges faced by hotels. Prior to co-founding NVN Hotels, Mr. Patel was a vice president with Related Capital Company, a New York-based investment firm, where he was responsible for the origination of approximately $800 million of tax-exempt bond transactions for LIHTC multifamily projects located throughout the United States.

Mr. Patel started his career in the Leveraged Finance Group within the Investment Banking division of CIBC World Markets. Mr. Patel earned his bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Michigan and at the London School of Economics completed a year-long general course program in mathematics. He is a member of the IHG Owners Association Industry Advocacy Committee, a member of the President's Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and is active in alumni affairs for Phillips Exeter Academy.

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Mr. Patel can be contacted at +1 312-755-1110 or info@nvnhotels.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.