Nilesh’s hospitality career started with Hilton Hotels International with focus in operations at full-service hotels ranging from 362 all-suites hotels to the Hilton Atlanta Downtown, a 1224 room convention hotel. Nilesh’s tenure with Hilton Hotels lasted for 5 years.
In 2003, Nilesh joined Auro Hotels (formally, JHM Hotels) and became the General Manager at the Hampton Inn Atlanta N. Druid Hills, a 111 room select-service hotel. The hotel was distressed. Nilesh help facilitate a $2 million renovation and with his leadership and management he was able to increase the Revenue by 23% and increased GOP by 35% with a flow through of over 70%. Due to the success of the Hampton Inn, Nilesh was transferred to the Comfort Suites Perimeter Center (now Home2 Suites Perimeter Center), 121 all-suites hotel. This hotel had not been in positive cash flow for the company for over 7 years. He was able to generate revenues in access of $4.3 million, with a GOP of 51% with flow through of 67%. Due to Nilesh’s success he was able to acquire equity in the business. Shortly afterwards he was also able to acquire equity in the Spring Hill Suites Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
In 2010, Nilesh acquired the Motel 6 Atlanta Airport North (bank-owned) for $5 million, he was able to invest a further $5 million to renovate the hotel and convert it to a La Quinta Inn & Suites in 2016. The hotel had a record ramp up and also received the Hotel Conversion of the Year Award from La Quinta. Under Nilesh’s supervision the hotel has increased its revenue by over 400% since the peak revenues of the Motel 6 and the latest valuation of the hotel exceeded $20 million. Nilesh was also able to acquire equity in the Hampton Inn & Suites Augusta and helped oversee the development of that hotel.
In 2015, Nilesh was promoted within Auro Hotels as the Area General Manager overseeing 4 hotels. In 2016, Nilesh successfully completed Cornell University’s Hotel Real Estate & Asset Management program, he implemented several new initiatives at Auro and in 2017 Nilesh was promoted to Asset Manager overseeing assets in access of $100 million.
In 2017/18, Nilesh under took the renovation and rebranding project of the Comfort Suites Perimeter to Home2 Suites Perimeter Center which was an undertaking that cost over $5.7MM. This hotel opened in October of 2018 and has had the best ramp up and is achieving revenues in excess of 52% of Comfort Suites’s peak revenue. This represents the highest revenue jump from a brand conversion in the 40+ year history of Auro/JHM Hotels. With current performance trends this hotel is already being valued in excess of $18MM.
Nilesh has been serving on several hotel industry boards such as: Choice Hotels Owners’ Council as Chairman of the Fair Franchising Committee (representing over 6000 hotel owners), Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association as an executive board member and is currently their Treasurer & Georgia State University Hospitality Industry Board as a board member for over 10 years.
Nilesh has also served in the communities that his businesses have been in. Nilesh was on the board of the Camp Creek Improvement Association and focused on improvement of the Atlanta Airport Area communities and helped in the formation of the Atlanta Airport Area Community Improvement District. Adopted the Hapeville Elementary School and provided school supplies for the students and teachers. Has been involved in projects with Habitat for Humanity, Atlanta Food Bank, Clean the World, Atlanta Furniture Bank and several homeless shelters in and around Metro Atlanta.
Nilesh currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife Rita Patel and their 13 year old son Satya Patel.