209 | American Tales: Hotel industry execs tell all


“These stories can only be told by us.”

Those words are written by Bharat Shah, an American hotelier and an immigrant from India, in his autobiography “America My Destiny.”

Bharat’s son, Mit, is founder and CEO of Noble Investment Group, which has $3 billion of private equity invested in hotels throughout the country.

Together, father and son decided to share Bharat Shah’s story with the world. They did that in 2014, in front of a packed auditorium in the Rialto Theater on the campus of Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Since then, The Bharat Shah Leadership Speaker Series has grown into an endeavor that has introduced thousands of aspiring leaders to top executives in the U.S. hospitality industry: Chris Nassetta, Arne Sorenson, Tom Baltimore, Mark Elliott, and Mark Hoplamazian.

Mit shares the beginning of his storytelling journey and what he’s learned about business, leadership and himself while prepping for and conducting the interviews. We also feature segments of the recorded interviews with all of the guests.

Featured in today’s episode are …

  • Mit Shah, founder and CEO of Noble Investment Group
  • Bharat Shah, founder of the Bharat Shah Leadership Speaker Series
  • Debby Cannon, director of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality and Administration at the Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University
  • Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott Hotels
  • Tom Baltimore, chairman, president and CEO of Parks Hotels & Resorts
  • Mark Elliott, president of Hodges Ward Elliott
  • Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO of Hyatt Hotels

To view the first five installments of the speaker series, visit:

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