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We Are Parks Hospitality Group

Parks Hospitality Group, established in 1998, is a North Carolina based Hotel Ownership and Management Corporation. We are a family owned company focused on developing, owning and managing successful hotels. Parks Hospitality Group owns and manages four hotels in North Carolina totaling 416 rooms, employing over 150 associates. We are proud franchise partners with Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International and Hyatt.

About Parks Hospitality Group

Growing and Continuously Evolving

Throughout our 15 year history we have continued to evolve, growing our portfolio and culture. We avoid the mindset of “We’ve done it this way for 15 years, so it must be the right way.” Instead we continually seek new ideas from valued team members and continuously strive to employ the most efficient business and operating practices. At Parks, every employee has a voice and idea that ensures our success every day.

Parks Hospitality Group serves our associates, customers and community with the utmost respect. Our growth and long‐term financial success is achieved by stimulating an atmosphere of superior hospitality while encouraging innovation and distinction. Our achievements and growth are attributed to honesty, hard work, accountability, transparency and initiative. These attributes ensure the highest quality of service and expertise in every aspect of the Hotel business.

A Family Affair

Parks Hospitality Group is a family owned company where every associate is truly part of the family. The “Parks” name is an acronym derived from the names of immediate family members.

Parks Hospitality Group’s foundation began in 1992 when our founding father, Ramesh Patel, developed and oversaw the successful operation of the Comfort Inn Garner, NC in 1992. Following its subsequent success, Mr. Patel then developed and opened two more properties in 1998, the Comfort Suites RTP/RDU in Durham, NC and the Hampton Inn Mebane, NC. It was at that time, Parks Hospitality Group was formed to synergize the operations of all hotel properties.

In 2007 Shaunak Patel assumed the reigns as President with a clear and decisive vision for the next generation for Parks Hospitality Group.

Where We’re Going

We like to think we’re just getting started. We have a strong commitment to continue our evolvement as hotel operators and to developing new hotels. Our operational management, sales & marketing and revenue management expertise will ensure continued success for our existing portfolio of hotels and will ultimately afford us the opportunity for sustained growth with new hotel development.



Shaunak PatelPresident

Mr. Shaunak Patel joined Parks Hospitality Group in 2007 and has been responsible for Parks’ overall strategic growth. Mr. Patel provides strategic and innovative guidance in Parks’ management and development divisions.

Prior to joining Parks, Mr. Patel founded and managed Esoteric Solutions Inc., a technology solutions provider for the hospitality industry. He has gained significant exposure to the hospitality industry through the several years he spent working with hotels and owners. Mr. Patel currently manages all Information Technology for Parks Hospitality Group.

Shaunak earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania with business exposure from the Wharton School of Business.

Ramesh C. Patel,President Emeritus

Mr. Ramesh Patel started his first major hotel project by constructing and opening the Comfort Inn South in Garner, North Carolina in 1992. Following its success, Mr. Patel developed and opened two more properties in 1998, the Comfort Suites RTP/RDU in Durham, North Carolina and the Hampton Inn in Mebane, North Carolina. At that time, Parks Hospitality Group was formed to effectively synergize the operations of all three hotel properties. Equally, Parks Hospitality Group has been committed to developing new hotels.

Although Mr. Patel’s educational background is in Mechanical Engineering and he has worked on the largest nuclear power plants in this country, his focus for the past 21 years has been in the hospitality industry – in developing, managing, and effectively operating franchised hotels. He is an entrepreneur by all means, ensuring financial strength and security in each property, the company as a whole, and all its investors.

Trevor WaldenVice President of Sales and Marketing

Mr. Trevor Walden joined Parks Hospitality Group in 2009 and is the leader of the sales, marketing and revenue management departments.  He oversees all activities in support of Park’s portfolio of full-service, focus-service and select-service hotels.   Mr. Walden ensures successful development and implementation of sales and revenue management initiatives to increase hotels’ market share and leads the measurement of Parks standards for optimal sales, marketing and revenue management performance.  Mr. Walden is a visionary of next-generation sales, marketing and revenue management strategies. He has been instrumental in growing company wide market share and bolstering infrastructure for sustained and future growth.

Prior to joining Parks Hospitality Group, Trevor worked with Alliance Hospitality, John Q. Hammons Hotels and Interstate Hotels & Resorts.  He has worked in both property-level and corporate support roles in Revenue Management, Sales and Marketing for both full and select service hotels.  Mr. Walden has worked extensively with Hilton, Starwood, Marriott and Choice brands.

Trevor holds a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from George Mason University.

Harshad C. PatelDirector of Engineering and Compliance

Mr. Harshad Patel began his career at Parks’ Comfort Inn in Garner, NC. In 1998, he was assigned an operational role with Parks Hospitality where he oversaw several properties with various responsibilities.

Mr. Patel’s currently oversees all of Parks’ properties and is responsible for all aspects of procurement, capital improvements and Parks’ asset management process.

Additionally, he has experience with front office operations, including Choice’s Profit Manager and Hilton’s OnQ.

Cristina SloopOffice Manager

Ms. Cristina Sloop joined Parks Hospitality Group in 2011. Prior to joining Parks, Cristina was the Director of Marketing for Westgate Resorts where she gained extensive administrative experience within marketing, accounting, human resources, and contract negotiations.
Cristina’s responsibilities include the administrative functions of accounting, payroll, human resources, property reporting compliance and providing administrative support to the executive staff.

Cristina is an alumna of St. Andrews University where she played NCAA Division II Softball. She was inducted into the Omicron Delta Epsilon Society and earned the National Collegiate Business Award.

She graduated Cum Laude from St. Andrews University with a BA in Business.

Dhiran PatelCorporate Controller

Mr. Dhiran Patel joined Parks Hospitality in September 2013 as the Corporate Controller.  Mr. Patel is responsible for oversight of the Company’s corporate and hotel accounting, treasury, tax, financial planning and analysis, asset management, internal audit and investor relations.  Prior to joining Parks Hospitality, he was employed with Concord Hospitality as a Property Controller where he managed a variety of select and full service properties.

Mr. Patel obtained his bachelor of science from North Carolina State University in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with a concentration in Tourism and Commercial Management.

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