Today's Hotelier - June 2016 - (Page 14)
Timesh (Timmy) Patel, CHO
CEO, SupplyOcean.com, AAHOA South Pacific Regional Director
tEll us about How
you got startEd in tHE
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I was born into it. My family operated
a hotel, so throughout my childhood
I helped with every aspect. I ran the
front desk, helped with housekeeping
and maintenance, and filled vending
machines. Later, I worked at a Hilton
near Disneyland and gained experience
in operations. I then returned to the family business and managed day-to-day
operations for our hotels.
Soon, I began to think up ideas for
technology that could make hoteliers'
lives easier. So I co-founded a company that creates technology for the
hotel industry. I'm now the CEO of
SupplyOcean.com, an amazon-style
platform serving the hotel industry.
Hoteliers can search for supplies,
compare prices and make purchases
through any mobile device. My lifetime
of working in hotels gave me valuable
insight into what hoteliers need. For
instance, we've made it so they can
browse special deals on overstock
items. Sort of like a trade show that
wHat MakEs a
There are many kinds of leaders. But in
my business, you have to be willing to
do a tremendous amount of work. Roll
up your sleeves and work hard in every
aspect of your business. Then when
it's time to delegate and lead others,
they'll respect you. you can inspire great
work from them because you've set the
example. also, a leader doesn't mind
obstacles, and they don't cut corners.
Never stop, never settle.
wHat book Has
influEncEd you Most?
The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris. I've
long believed that it's not enough to work
hard, you also have to work smart. So
the book spoke to me. Because of the
title, some think it's about working less.
Not at all. It's about efficiency and time
management. Learning how to filter out
distractions and focus on priorities.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - June 2016
Letter From the Chairman
Letter from the President & CEO
Captive Insurance: Turning an expense into an asset
Compliance & Legal
Women Rising: Knocking down barriers
Sales & Marketing
The Magic 11: Essential qualities of successful hotel owners
Behind the Scenes
AAHOA Founding Members
Today's Hotelier - June 2016