033 | Attitude Decides the Latitude in Life with Hemant Patel


Hemant “Henry” Patel CHO CHA was born and raised in India, and he immigrated to the United States in 1986. Within a few short years, he and his wife settled in Miami, Florida, where they invested in their first property – The King Motel – an independent property on Biscayne Blvd. He also has an interest in a franchised property and another one in the pipeline.

Hemant is a very active civic leader and community servant. He served AAHOA for many years, as a regional director, as Chairman in 2011, and on countless committees. He was the first Asian-American to become president of the Greater Biscayne Chamber of Commerce in 1996. In Miami, Hemant has served on many city boards, and he is an active board member of the Upper Eastside Miami Council, a strong and vibrant neighborhood advocacy group. He served as President of “Do the Right Thing,” an association which is part of the Miami Police Department and is designed to encourage leadership and good moral behavior in Dade-County public schools. Along with Mike Patel, Hemant traveled to India with former President Bill Clinton on an earthquake relief mission. In addition, Hemant received a community service award from former Congresswoman Carrie Meek in Miami.

In This Episode, Hemant Reveals:

  • How he bought his first property, and some of the challenges he faced as an hotel owner in that part of town.
  • The criticism he faced as a hotelier, and a Patel
  • How that experience as a hotelier led him to service within his community.
  • His mindset, and the differences he’s experienced running an independent property versus a franchised property.
  • Why it’s so critical for hotel professionals to get involved politically; to educate yourself on issues and legislation that could affect your businesses at a local, state and federal level.
  • His core philosophy of giving back, being of service, and enjoying what you do.

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