Mike Patel wasn’t born in Georgia, but he’s made it his home – a decision that has served him well in business and in life. Mike Patel was, in fact, originally known as Mukesh and was born in Uganda to Indian parents. When he was still very young, his parents moved to the United Kingdom. A true child of the world, Mike considers London his hometown.
His plan was to become a soccer player, and he excelled at the sport, coming to American for his chance at the big time. Soon, however, business interests took over from his interest in soccer. He became a successful hotel developer in Duluth, Georgia – a suburb of less than 30,000 people known as one of the best cities in American in which to live.
In the hospitality industry and in Duluth, one success after another came for Mike. In addition to his local role in his industry, he took on the 1998 chairmanship of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), placing his name at the forefront of the hospitality industry in the nation and around the world. It was during his time there that he brought forth the 12 Points of Fair Franchising, a document that addressed almost 180 member issues and set the AAHOA on course toward a brighter future.
His astonishing leadership accomplishments with the AAHOA led directly to Patel being asked to accompany President Bill Clinton to India. Later, Clinton appointed Patel to the new Clinton Global Initiative, which first tackled India storm relief.
Mike Patel is the recipient of the 2007 Award for International Cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom. The honor was presented by British Prime Minister Tony Blair and commended Patel for his contribution to relations among ethnic communities. He was also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal Of Honor in the United States.
Today, Mike is more committed to the hospitality industry than ever before. He also maintains a deep commitment to the Asian American community in the United States, and, of course, to his family. His commitment is the same as ever: to work toward a better world. With his passion and dedication, he’s destined for a new level of greatness.