109 | Passion, Courage and Patience with Dina Patel

Dina Patel, CHO was born in Bardoli, India, and immigrated to USA with her family in 1988, when she was 10 years old. Two years later, Dina’s parents bought their first independent motel in San Antonio, Texas. From day one, Dina helped out in every part of the motel.

Dina earned a BBA (magna cum laude) with a minor in Spanish from the University of Houston in 1999, then began her career working as a System Analyst for Hanover Compressor Company. Several years later, Dina left the corporate world to pursue her dream of business ownership and in 2007, she and her husband opened their first hotel, a brand-new 35-room Scottish Inn and Suites. Keep Reading »

102 | Putting the Consumer in Control of their Experience with Raul Leal

Raul is CEO of Virgin Hotels and is responsible for the company’s overall expansion, customer experience and culture. In a career that spans 30 years, Raul has held top management positions for Interstate Hotels, Lane Hotels and the Continental companies and is one of the few hospitality industry executives that understands both the lifestyle and branded hotels segments. Keep Reading »

091 | An Entrepreneurial Mindset with Kerry Ranson

Kerry V. Ranson is Chief Development Officer, Business & Acquisitions, for HP Hotels – a Birmingham, Alabama-based 3rd party management group with a portfolio of over 30 hotels in 12 states comprised of Hilton, Marriott, InterContinental, Choice, and Independent full-service and select-service hotels. Kerry is also the outgoing Chairman of the Board for the IHG Owners Association. Keep Reading »

Marie Sorensen

080 | What to Know When Working with an Architect with Marie Sorensen

Marie S.A. Sorensen AIA NCARB LEED AP is the head of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Sorensen Partners Architects & Planners, Inc. She is a Design and Technical Architect, Masterplanner, and Interior Designer with experience in hotels, restaurants, and recreational facilities. Sorensen Partners is a commercial firm, serving universities, K-12 educational facilities, corporations, institutions, and government – in addition to hospitality. Keep Reading »

039 | How to Create a Memorable Guest Experience with Tom Conran

Tom Conran serves as a Principal of Greenwood Hospitality Group – a Colorado-based company focused on the acquisition, repositioning, and management of upscale, full-service and select-service hotels. Formed in 2009, Greenwood Hospitality Group has grown their portfolio to 15 properties under management in 10 states.

Last year, Hotel Business ranked Greenwood Hospitality Group #60 in their Top 100 Management Companies of 2014 report. Keep Reading »

038 | Don’t Be Afraid to Start Small with H. Mark Daley III

H. Mark Daley, III is President and CEO of The Generation Companies – a real estate investment company based in Raleigh, NC that provides real estate management and development services to individuals, families, corporations, and institutions. In less than 20 years, The Generation Companies portfolio has grown to 25 properties, including the brands Home 2 Suites, Homewood Suites, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, MainStay Suites, and Suburban Extended Stay Hotel.

Last year, Hotel Business ranked The Generation Companies #86 in their Top 100 Management Companies of 2014 report. Keep Reading »

034 | Thank, Appreciate and Connect with Your Associates with Walter Isenberg

Walter Isenberg is Co-Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Sage Hospitality, one of the top hotel investment, management and development companies in the United States for more than 30 years. Based in Denver, Sage Hospitality owns and operates over 75 hotels and 10 restaurants in 23 states, from urban full-service hotels to smaller select-service suburban properties. Isenberg directs all company operations, including property management, development and finance.

Last year, Hotel Business ranked Sage Hospitality #17 in their Top 100 Management Companies of 2014 report. Keep Reading »

011 | Raising Capital, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, and Prefab Hotels with Dan Rama

Dinesh “Dan” Rama is Co-Founder, Partner/Designated Broker of NewGen Worldwide – a real estate investment advisory company that works with owners and investors in all aspects of the hospitality business. The firm provides services for the sale and acquisition of lodging properties, consulting, hotel asset management, and hotel litigation support. NewGen also owns and operates several hotels in the Southwest with affiliations with Hilton, InterContinental Hotels, Accor, and Choice Hotels. Keep Reading »