Industry Update
Appointment 5 April 2016

Jagruti Panwala

Named Secretary
At Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) in Atlanta - GA, USA

Jagruti PanwalaThe Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) elected its first female officer over the nearly 30-year life of the organization. Jagruti Panwala is now also in line to become the first female chairwoman of the organization in 2019. AAHOA's all-volunteer board of about 36 come from members who own hotels across the country. Four volunteer members hold leadership positions: secretary, treasurer, vice chairman and chairman. Officers hold each post for one year after being elected secretary. Panwala won a contested election for secretary over two male counterparts in the historic election. A resident of Ivyland, PA, Panwala served before Friday's vote as female director at large - eastern division. She will serve as secretary for 2016-2017. Officers progress from secretary to treasurer to vice chair to chair on a yearly basis.

Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)

Founded in 1989, AAHOA is the largest hotel owners association in the world, with over 14,000 small business owner-members. AAHOA members own more than 20,000 properties amounting to more than 40 percent of all hotels in the United States and employ nearly 600,000 workers, accounting for over $9.
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Recent Appointments at AAHOA

Ken Greene - Interim President & CEO

9 June 2021 — In the wake of its recent announcement of a leadership transition, AAHOA is pleased to announce that it has appointed hotel industry veteran Ken Greene to serve as Interim President & CEO. Ken is a well-known and highly respected industry veteran who is well-suited to lead AAHOA during the organization's leadership transition.
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Biran Patel - Chairman of AAHOA

23 June 2020 — Chairman Patel joined AAHOA in 2003. He served as an ambassador and then as a member of the board of directors as a regional director for North Texas. AAHOA members elected him as secretary in 2017. He serves as a partner in BHP Investments Company and owns and operates multiple branded and independent properties.
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Cecil Staton - President & CEO

15 November 2019 — Following a vote by the AAHOA Board of Directors, Cecil Staton will be the new president and CEO of AAHOA, the nation's largest hotel owners association, effective November 18. Staton will succeed Rachel Humphrey, who served in the role in an interim capacity for most of 2019.
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