Today we are joined by JR Patel as we cover the role of education, how it affects the world of hospitality, and how sustainability can find itself represented in the industry.
Shreyas ‘JR’ Patel is the President and COO of Helix Hospitality, a hotel ownership and management group based in Chicago with properties throughout the U.S. An alum of DePaul University, with a dual degree in Finance and Management, Patel founded Helix Hospitality after learning firsthand the ins and outs of running a hotel property. Over the last decade, Patel has overseen the expansion of Helix’s network of hotels and has grown the company’s investment portfolio.
Outside the office, Patel is committed to helping the next generation of hospitality professionals. In addition to mentoring undergraduate students, where he offers relatable, real-world advice and hands-on practical knowledge of the hospitality industry, Patel also serves as a board member for the DePaul University School of Hospitality Leadership and co-chairs the Academic Program subcommittee, further developing DePaul’s Hospitality program.