Evergreen Manifesto

Our business is not built by accident. It’s constructed from the dedication and resolve of an ironclad work ethic. We’ve spent a lifetime learning the industry from the inside and surrounding ourselves with passionate people sharing a common vision and values.

Stemming from our rich experience and leadership within the Hospitality industry, Evergreen has a complex understanding of every industry facet.
From construction to development to management, we are practitioners with an eye for quality – start to finish.

Our track record is built on good relationships that are crucial to success. The personal connections we make are the cornerstones to prosperous partnerships. Evergreen is built on unshakable work ethic, hands-on experience and a drive to get results, and we invite you along with us.

Our Philosophy

Due to the high level of the hotel’s management and tourist industry experience we create a high satisfaction level for our tourist visitors, business travelers, and the local economy.

Goals

Our primary goal as a development, management company, and as a hotel owner is to obtain a permanent place in the local and national market. We have acquired land for new construction of Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, and IHG branded upper and extended stay products to gain a local and national recognition within the next 3 years.

“CBRE is not forecasting any economic or lodging industry recessions through 2022”

Our Founder

Chairman, CEO, Founder

Alkesh Patel

Alkesh “Al” Patel is the chairman, CEO, founder, and spiritual leader of Evergreen Hospitality. Evergreen Hospitality a development group focus on building from the ground up Hilton, Marriott, IHG, and Hyatt branded hotels.

Prior to founding Evergreen Hospitality, Alkesh served as the 2012-2013 Chairman of Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), the world’s leading association of hotel owners with over 18,000 members owning more than 20,000 hotels totaling $128 billion in property value.

His extensive experience in the hotel industry has made him a sought after speaker for conferences domestically and abroad. Alkesh has been invited to speak at the Lodging Conference, the National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers (NABHOOD) Conference,IMN, Hunters, Hotel Investment Forum India (HiFi) Conference, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India (FHRAI), and IACC. Alkesh’s leadership has also earned him recognition and awards from FIA, FHRAI, NABHOOD, IACC, and AAHOA.

Alkesh currently resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife and children.

Board

CFO

Bobby Patel

Hospitality development, management, financing, and real estate.

Education: Business Administration

Professional Experience Summary:

  • Over 35 years experience in hospitality development, management, financing, and real estate.
  • Vast experience in the hospitality industry, which includes real estate acquisition, financing, and development.
  • Served as founder/director of a community bank for 10 years.
  • Owned and operated many nationally franchised hotels.
  • Presently a founding member and CFO of Evergreen Hospitality Development Group.

Community work Summary:

  • Founder Trustee at Shree Shakti Mandir –Atlanta USA
  • Life time member at Asian American Hospitality Association
  • Founding coordinator for Gokuldham Haveli Atlanta
  • Served community since 1992
  • Supported & Sponsored all community event around Atlanta
Director of Operations

Divyesh “Aku” Desai

Divyesh is originally from Nadiad, India. He attended High School and College in India where he graduated with a degree in BA. After Graduation Divyesh joined a family business and managed a rice mill and cold storage factory where in only 2 years after taking over management he was successful in doubling the profits.

Divyesh moved to the United States in 1993 where he started with managing a convenience store in New Jersey before moving to Vancouver, Washington in 1996. He then purchased and operated multiple retail, Dry Cleaning and hotel bussiness .
In 2015 he sold all retail and hotels and Invested in Evergreen Hospitality Development Group and became a Board Member and Director of Operations.

Divyesh Resides in Vancouver, WA with his Family.

Board of Directors

Jigar Patel, MD

Jigar M. Patel M.D. brings a diverse background to our company. In addition to being a founding member and executive for Evergreen Hospitality Development Group, Dr. Patel is a board certified family medicine physician in Georgia. He is a practicing Family Medicine/Urgent Care Physician in Athens, Ga. In this capacity Dr. Patel performs urgent care and family medicine among 5 Regional First Care clinics in the Athens area.
Dr. Patel also serves as the Chief Medical Director of Southern Care Hospice in Athens, Ga. In this capacity, Dr. Patel provides hospice and palliative care to patients of Southern Care, as well as coordinating care in a multidisciplinary manner with local Physicians. Dr. Patel also provides nurse practitioner oversight for the Housecalls Program developed by United Healthcare to provide home visits to elderly, chronically ill members across the state of Georgia. In conjunction with his wife, Dr. Patel operates Azalea Home Care which provides personal care services to the elderly and chronically ill.

Growing up in a family with business interests in hotels, C-stores, and banking, Dr. Patel has always had a passion for business. He has taken this passion and become an owner/developer of multiple nationally franchised hotels.

In his spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, as well as traveling, movies, music, and sports.

COO

Bhavesh Desai

Bhavesh was born in India in 1966. He graduated from St Mary’s High School in 1981, then went on to attend B&B Polytechnic College from 1983-1987 where he graduated with a diploma in Civil Engineering.

Bhavesh worked in Independent Contracting in India before moving to the United States in 1993. Upon arriving in the US he worked for Spectrum Dyed Yarns from 1993-1995, at the same time he was working for Century Furniture. From 1995-1997 Bhavesh worked with Data Cards, programming cards. He worked over 100 hours a week for the same company in Philadelphia and was promoted to executive position.

In 1997 Bhavesh bought the convenience store that he was managing in Dayton, Ohio. Bhavesh managed a day to day operation of the store and handled accounting, ordering and payroll and increased the gross revenues of the store five times what before it was managed under his management. Also in 2000 he bought another store in Hamilton, Ohio.

Bhavesh purchased his first hotel in Athens, Ohio, a 58 room Days Inn. from a bank auction. The hotel was closed when he bought it. Bhavesh handled the remodel of the hotel and converted it back to Days Inn and successfully managed it and increased the RevPar of the hotel to highest in that market segment. 8 years later he sold the hotel in 2015. Bhavesh became COO of Evergreen Hospitality Development Group when the company was created in 2016.

Bhavesh currently resides in Vancouver with his family.

Board of Directors

Devang Patel

Devang is from Baroda, Gujaret in India. He graduated from Alambic High School in India, and continued his education at BE/B Technical School. He did Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

Devang came to the United States in 1990 where he worked for IBM Cable Division for a year and a half. He then purchased a cigar shop in 1996, and purchased a beer distributor in 1999. Devang is now running both businesses in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

Devang became a board member of Evergreen Hospitality Development Group when the company was created in 2016.

Board of Directors, Consultant

Tarun Kapoor

40 years of hotel and restaurant ownership, development and consultation. Managing Director, Kapoor & Kapoor Hospitality Consultants Inc.

Executive Team

Regional Director Of Operations

Phil Pezzuto

After graduating from San Francisco State University with a BA in Mathematics, Phil began his career as a Controller for Holiday Inns. It was with Holiday Inns where he received his hotel certification in operations and food and beverage. After leaving Holiday Inns Phil became the VP of Operations for Motor Inn Management.

Phil later became the Regional Service Director for Best Western International where he was responsible for quality assurance inspections for over 800 hotels.
In 2001, he joined Shilo Inns as a Regional Director of Operations and was later promoted to Chief Operations Officer and in 2005 he became SR VP of Hotel Operations with Olympia Hotel Management where he oversaw all the Hilton products.

After leaving Olympia Hotel Management Phil became the SR VP of Hotel Operations for Premier Hospitality Management where he oversaw the operations of 16 major franchised hotels.

Phil became the Regional Director of Operations for Pacific NW Hotel Management/Evergreen Hospitality in September of 2009 where his operations experience aligns owner expectations with hotel management by bringing 30 years of hospitality operations and leadership experience to the table and working directly with employees to ensure that each hotel achieves maximum profitability.

Corporate Controller & Director Of Human Resources

Janie Turlay

Janie Turlay joined Evergreen Hospitality Development Group in May 2018 as Corporate Controller and Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for the Accounting and Finance functions for corporate entities as well as Accounting and Human Resources for all Evergreen’s owned and managed hotels. She has twenty years of experience in roles as Property Controller, Director of Finance, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Controller for brands such as Hilton, Marriott and Starwood. Janie started her career at the Westin Salishan Lodge and Golf Resort in 1998 as Assistant Controller. Janie has held the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive designation and has been a member of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals since 2004.

Executive Assistant To The CEO & Office Manager

Alexandra (Sandy) Markanen

Sandy joined Evergreen Hospitality in February of 2017 as the Executive Assistant to Alkesh Patel, CEO and Office Manager. Sandy was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She attended White Pass High School and graduated in 2001. During the summers as a teenager, she worked as a housekeeper for the Inn of Packwood. Shortly after high school, Sandy married and started her family. In 2007 she worked as a live-in manager for the Randle Motel and later advance her career by becoming the General Manager for the Crest Trail Lodge. Prior to joining Evergreen, Sandy was the Project Coordinator for Construct One where she oversaw all the hotel construction projects. In 2017 Sandy became the first official employee of Evergreen Hospitality Development Group as Executive Assistant and Office Manager.