by Lodging Staff
March 31, 2021
For Nancy Patel, finding resilience in body and mind meant more than succeeding at business, it was life or death. As a young franchisee in the American Midwest, Patel was involved in a car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. Following two years of exhausting physical therapy and thanks to unwavering support from her family and community, Patel overcame her injury and returned to business, establishing herself as the first female Regional Board of Directors member from North Georgia for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) in 2007. Since then, she has served as chair of the AAHOA Women in Hotel Leadership (WIHL) platform and is currently an ambassador for the South Texas Region of AAHOA, and is also the first female President of LPS of USA, an organization of Leuva Patidar people originating from the Navsari, Surat, Tapi, Bharuch, and Valsad Districts of India who have settled in the United States of America.