Our Team

Nick Patel

Nick Patel is the owner and President of Kalyan Hospitality. Born in West Bromwich, England, but relocating to the United States in 1982, Nick was raised with a strong work ethic and a forward-thinking outlook. He finished his higher education at the Virginia Commonwealth School of Pharmacy but always possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. In 1997, Nick made a bold move with the support of his parents and embarked on his first project, the Sleep Inn hotel located in Richmond, Virginia. The development of the 51-room hotel would lay the roots for what would become one of the most respected hospitality development and management companies in the state of Virginia. Nick’s company continues to grow on two founding principles: Honesty & Integrity. Through his hard work, discipline, and calculated plan for growth, Kalyan Hospitality now owns and operates apartments, student housing, and premiere hotel brands throughout the United States.

Rita Patel

Rita Patel is the Co-President of Kalyan Hospitality. Born in India, she moved to Montreal, Canada as an infant and then finally settled with her family in Southern Illinois. Rita grew up around the hotel business and has always enjoyed the hospitality field. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University. With her love of design and savvy procurement skills, she would be instrumental in co-founding what is now the most respected hospitality development and management companies in the state of Virginia. Rita works closely with designers and brand representatives to create some of the most vibrant and comforting lodging facilities in the United States

Leah Hardy
Corporate Director of Operations & Sales
Katherine O’Connell
Development & Business Strategy
Mellisa Ayer
Sales & Marketing Strategy Director
Julia McCoy
Executive Assistant
Tammy Dickinson
Regional Director of Operations West Coast
Ronnie Simons
Regional Director of Operations Richmond Region

Aaron Penry
Regional Director of Operations - Roanoke Region

John Maly
Regional Director of Operations - Richmond Region
Adam Perry
Senior Regional Director of Sales - Richmond Area

Amanda Gary
Regional Director of Sales-Richmond
Daniel Walters
Dual Director of Sales Roanoke
Tommy Adkins
Senior Revenue Manager
Tiffany Smithson
Revenue Manager
Sean Peters
Revenue Manager
Brandon West
E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Manager

Cedric Johnson
Facilities Manager
Marko Hinic
Project Manager
David Welliver
Special Projects Manager