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AAHOA SpOTLIGHT Navnit Patel Principal & CFO, Marquee Hospitality 1 tell us about How you got started in tHe Hospitality industry. 3 My parents, my two older sisters and I emigrated from England to the U.S. in 1980. My parents purchased an independent hotel, and I was only 10 at the time but quickly learned to help out with every aspect of hoteling. Our days off from school involved doing the hotel laundry, pulling sheets from the checkouts, and even making the rooms, cutting the grass and cleaning the pool. During summer break from college (I went to pharmacy school), we would go through the same routines as we did when in grade school. I grew up in the business literally, as many of us did, which eventually gave us the stepping stone to have franchise hotels. 2 leader has to be honest, as no one will trust you or follow you if they've been misled. One has to accept failure with responsibility; your team will appreciate your humbleness. Leaders also have to be able to communicate their ideas/ thoughts to their team and employees. wHat book Has influenced you most? I have never been a book-reader, however, I am an avid reader of newspapers and magazines of all types. I like to keep current and knowledgeable whether it be a topic of science, business, current events, sports, nature, travel, etc. If I see a topic of interest, I'll pick up the article and read it. 4 wHat makes a great leader? wHat do you tHink is most important for thE nExt gEnEration of Hoteliers to learn? 5 There are many qualities and characteristics that make a great leader, not just one. A combination of many, I believe, makes a leader. One has to be confident; if you are not, no one you lead will be either. You have to have passion for what you do. If you don't like what you're doing, you can't lead yourself or others. A great Values. I believe that is the most important thing the next generation of hoteliers needs to learn. Values determine how we live, play and work. The reason being is that our community has come a long way from the first generation of hoteliers (i.e., our parents, uncles, other relatives), and the one thing they instilled is having values, not going 12  | MAY 2016 | TODAYSHOTELIER.COM http://www.TODAYSHOTELIER.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - May 2016

Letters From Leadership
Lobby Bytes
AAHOA Spotlight
The Making of a Great GM: 8 Skills to Master and Cultivate
Food & Beverage
Thinking Local Without Limitations
Government Affairs
AAHOA's New Chairman: Bharat (Bruce) Patel
Finance & Revenue
Marketing & Sales
Mike Leven's Most Important Accomplishment
Outdoor Spaces
Founding Members
AAHOA Events
Classifieds
Advertiser Index

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