Ravi Patel is Principal and President for Hawkeye Hotels, one of the fastest growing, privately-owned hotel companies in the country. Hawkeye Hotels currently owns and operates over 45 hotels, with ownership in an additional 30. Since joining Hawkeye Hotels, Patel has personally overseen development or acquisition of over 50 hotels with total raised capital exceeding $500 million. Since his involvement, the total portfolio of Hawkeye Hotels has seen growth from a handful of hotels to being a premier developer with Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental, with more than 6,500 rooms open or soon to be, and employs over 1,500 employees. These properties will create an estimated 20-year economic impact of over $5 billion in the state of Iowa alone. Furthermore, Patel oversees all aspects of the company from daily operations to strategic positioning. Ravi holds a business degree from University of Iowa’s Henry B. Tippie College of Business.
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