Dave Patel is the leading force behind the great team at Inspire Hotels. Most recently, Hotel Management Magazine named him as one of the ‘Top 30 under 30’ in the industry. Dave's career in hospitality began as a front line level employee, eventually working his way up to general manager. From there, he went on to develop his own properties from the ground up, giving him a 360 degree exposure to the industry.
As the chief executive, Dave oversees the entire Inspire Hotels investment, management, and development portfolio. Under his direction, the company's objectives include aggressively growing the hotels under ownership over the next 5 years and expanding into all of industry’s top brands, while maintaining the familial, accessible, and empowering atmosphere that has led to the company's success to date.
A graduate of Georgia Military College and Kennesaw State University, Dave holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration Finance and Real Estate. He is also a holder of the CHO designation, GM certifications from multiple brands, and a Florida commercial real estate license.
Dave has played a leading role in several industry associations. He was the youngest member of the Board of Directors for the nationwide 14,000 member Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and served on the under 30 council for the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA). Dave currently lives in Tampa with his wife and 2 daughters.