Nayan Patel, veteran Best Western member and hotel operator, was elected to the board of directors of Best Western International for a three-year term that begins on Dec. 1, 2000.
Patel will represent the interests of Best Western hoteliers in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.
Patel, along with his family, owns and operates four Best Western properties including the Best Western Capital Beltway, Lanham, Md.; Best Western Manassas, Manassas, Va.; Best Western Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington, DC and the Best Western Fairfax, Fairfax City, Va.
Part of the BW family since 1987, Patel is active in governing roles for the brand and is an active participant in regional marketing and advertising co-ops. Patel has worked in every aspect of the hospitality industry, from housekeeping to marketing and sales. He and his family have a total of 550 rooms among their properties.
With a degree from Duke University completed, Patel will receive his degree in law from Georgetown University next month. He has been an active member in the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Prince William (County) Chamber of Commerce.
Best Western is governed by a seven-member board of directors, elected by Best Western member hoteliers in seven geographic regions in North America. Each region, or district, has an average of 300 Best Western member properties. Board members must be member hoteliers and serve a three-year term, with the possibility of a one-time re-election.