Industry Update
Appointment23 June 2020

Biran Patel

Appointed Chairman of AAHOA
At Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) in Atlanta - GA, USA

Biran Patel

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.

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

Cecil Staton - President & CEO

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Rachel Humphrey - Interim President, CEO

28 January 2019 — AAHOA has appointed COO Rachel Humphrey to serve as the interim president and CEO, effective Jan. 26. She also will continue to execute her duties as COO during the interim period. The move follows an announcement made in December by current President and CEO Chip Rogers that he would step down in late January.
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Chip Rogers - Council Member

25 April 2016 — Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) President and CEO Chip Rogers has joined the prestigious Forbes Nonprofit Council. The council selects, by invitation only, the best and most respected nonprofit leaders in the world.
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