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Cerritos businessman earns hotel industry award

Harshad D. Patel named Family Hotelier of the Year

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: May 07, 2012 09:55 AM

Southern California businessman Harshard Patel has earned the title of “2012 Family Hotelier of the Year,” presented in the fourth annual P&G Professional Family Hotelier of the Year award competition, in partnership with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association.

Patel was selected as one of five finalists before being voted as the top hotelier and grand prizewinner through an online vote on the P&G Professional website. The grand prize package includes $5,000 in prize money, a commemorative plaque and an additional $5,000 toward the three-day, two-night 2012 AAHOA Annual Convention and Trade Show, where the award was presented. The event took place last Thursday through Sunday in Atlanta.

Patel said the credit for the award is due in large part to the  support of his family members.

“The success of my business is directly tied to the continued support and guidance I have received from my family,” Patel said. “From my father, who showed me hard work, courage and dedication, to family and community; my sister and brother-in-law, who showed me the ropes of the hospitality industry; my wife, Roshni, and children who have guided my motivation and taught me patience and leadership, and to my many partners and employees who share the same passion and commitment to excellence. They have all played a role in where I stand and what I have achieved today.”

P&G Professional is a division of Procter & Gamble, representing the hospitality, building, maintenance, cleaning, food-services and convenience-store industries. Working in partnership with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), the two companies created the Family Hotellier of the Year competition

The AAHOA membership represents more than 20,000 hotels and 10,000 owners, totaling $128 billion in property value. Patel is a model example of the group’s membership; the Cerritos businessman owns nearly 35 hotel properties across the country and serves on several boards for local community organizations, such as the Southern California Leuva Patidar Samaj, Hotelier for Charity and the Braille Institute.

“These hoteliers display a steadfast dedication to their families, employees, communities and guests that shows in the level of excellence and enthusiasm they put into their businesses every day,” said Alan Tomblin, sales manager of North America, P&G Professional. “And it is this dedication that sets them apart from the others in their field. We want to congratulate Mr. Patel and all of the finalists on their tremendous accomplishments.”

A panel of P&G Pro executives analyzed each nominee and selected the five finalists based on family commitment, outstanding business practices and dedication to the community, and the creativity and sincerity of the nomination, submitted by colleagues, family, community members or by association members themselves.

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