Team


PRAVIN PATEL - Founder

Pravin was born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa. In 1972 he migrated to the United States for higher education. After settling in the San Francisco Bay Area at the age of 18, he began working in a small motel while attending Armstrong University in Berkeley, CA. At the age of 24, Pravin and his family purchased their first motel in Oakland, CA. At the age of 30, he found himself working on his first ground-up development by borrowing from friends and family. At this point it was evident; he had a great passion for hospitality.

Shortly after, Pravin, with his wife Sima, developed one of the first Holiday Inn Express Hotel franchises in Northern California. Shortly thereafter, they developed the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at the Oakland Airport. This hotel was the first major hotel development for the Oakland Airport area in 10+ years. Pravin continued to pursue his passion for hospitality development and has added several other hotels the company’s portfolio. He continues to head up future construction and development for the company.

Pravin is an outstanding contributor to the lodging industry, not only in the city of Oakland, but also in and around the state of California. After coming from humble beginnings, he feels the need to be active in his community as well as taking part in industry leadership. He has served on the board of the California Lodging and Industry association (CLIA) and is a former president of the Oakland Hotel Motel Association. Pravin enjoys all sports and Cricket is his passion. He enjoys travel and music in his free time.

SIMA PATEL - CEO 

Sima Patel Sima Patel’s life story is a lesson in hard work and the fulfillment of the “American Dream”. She was born in Surat, India and moved to the United States in 1979. With no prior training or formal education, Sima immediately began working in a family lodging business. In 1985, Sima and her husband Pravin Patel developed their first lodging property. They currently own and operate several Branded and Boutique hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area and continue to develop great brands of hotels.

Sima’s commitment to the community can be seen in the number of organizations in which she participates. In 2007, she received the Richard L. Spees Destination Oakland Award presented by the Oakland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Sima has kept close ties with industry and government leaders in her city, county and state. Because of those relationships, she was instrumental in securing funding for the Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau through a voter referendum and assisted with forming a Tourism Improvement district in Oakland. Sima advocates the economic value of tourism to her city and state lawmakers and is a true champion for tourism in Oakland.

Sima is the past Chair of the Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and currently serves as a director on their Executive committee and Board. Her other community commitments include membership in the Oakland Rotary Club and the Oakland Airport Area Business Association. Sima made history by being the first Indian woman in the country to chair a state lodging association when she became the Chairperson of the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA) in 2004. A past recipient of the prestigious Women Hotelier of the Year Award presented by the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), Sima has been active in the Indian American Community and founded a community for South Asian women called SAAHELI (‘Girlfriend’ in her native language of Gujarati).

In 2006, Sima was elected by her industry to serve on the California Travel and Tourism Commission ( Visit California). After serving two elected terms, Sima was appointed again on Visit California Board by the Governor of California Mr. Edmund G. Brown. In October , 2016 Sima Patel became Visit California’s first industry-elected Chair of its Board of Directors after an unanimous – and spirited – confirmation by the Board’s 12 Governor-appointed Commissioners at Visit California’s Oct. 14 Board Meeting. She takes the helm of the largest state tourism marketing organization in the country. Earlier this year, Sima was named one of the 100nMost influential women in Business by the San Francisco Business Journal. As an Indian woman, a business person and a community leader. Sima continues to expand her reach as she gains momentum in her career as a hospitality professional. Her interests also include Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality. In her free time, Sima enjoys traveling, cooking, and experiencing nature.

DHRUV PATEL - Vice President 

Dhruv Patel was born in Oakland, CA and attended the University of San Francisco where he double majored in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He joined the family business shortly after graduating in 2008 and has worked on all aspects of the business including operations, sales, revenue, and HR. In 2010, as General Manager, Dhruv led the Hampton Inn & Suites Oakland Airport to the prestigious “Circle of Excellence Award”. This award is reserved for the top 10% of all Hilton properties worldwide in terms of quality, product, and service.

Dhruv has developed a love and passion for the industry and continues to expand his career in all aspects of the business. His primary focus is on filling the company’s development and acquisition pipeline as well as ensuring the existing portfolio continues to outperform and remain market leaders. He currently serves on the board of the Harbor Bay Business Park Association and the California Lodging Industry Association.

Dhruv is a member of Oakland Rotary #3 and serves on the City Of Alameda Economic Development Task Force. Dhruv is very well versed in methodically assessing properties and markets. His strengths lie in hotel sales and revenue management, acquisitions & re-positionings, site sourcing, as well as cash flow and pro forma analysis.

Dhruv is an avid golfer and was captain of the Bishop O’Dowd golf team where he led his teammates to 4 consecutive HAAL championship titles.


 

SEAN HADLEY, Regional Director of Operations 

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Sean began his hospitality career in 2005 at the coastal resort of Costanoa after graduating with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in history. In 2008, he joined the opening team of the landmark Santa Cruz Dream Inn, which had undergone a twenty million dollar renovation. Over the next seven years, Sean consistently demonstrated results across various positions and assets with Two Roads Hospitality, culminating as the Assistant General Manager at the Wild Palms Hotel in Sunnyvale, California. 

After becoming the General Manager of the AC hotel in downtown San Jose, Sean joined Ridgemont Hospitality in 2017 and currently oversees the day-to-day operations and management of the portfolio. Operationally minded, Sean continually seeks to ensure that efficiencies brought to Ridgemont serve our guiding core values and improve the guest experience. 

An avid hiker and golfer, Sean enjoys his time away from Hospitality with his family. Despite his East Bay occupational location, Sean continues to proudly support the San Francisco Giants, much to his coworkers' chagrin. 

 

NOELLE GHIORSO, Regional Sales Manager

Noelle is a proud San Francisco Bay Area native and has spent her life living and working in this area. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Noelle attended the University of Phoenix studying Business Management. During this time, Noelle was looking to move forward and start a new career that blended her business knowledge and outgoing personality. Her husband encouraged her to pursue a career in Hospitality, saying she would be a great fit. Taking his advice, she started as a Sales Manager at a Residence Inn. From there, Noelle spent the next 15 years in Hospitality working in full-service and select-service brands before finding a home with Ridgemont Hospitality as its Regional Sales Manager. 

In her free time, Noelle enjoys dates with her husband, Marc, and bowling with her three children. She is also involved in the Fremont National Youth Baseball League where her boys play Little League. 

 

ANDRE ROOK - Director of Procurement & Purchasing

Born and raised in the East Bay, Andre received his B.A. in English from California State University, East Bay. While in school, he worked part-time at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Castro Valley (now the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Castro Valley) and discovered his passion for hospitality. 

After graduating in 2012, Andre began his career with Ridgemont Hospitality as the Assistant General Manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites Alameda. As the years progressed, he took on General Manager responsibilities at that location, and then in early 2016, joined the Ridgemont corporate office team as Director of Property Support. In 2017, Andre transitioned to his new remote role as Director of Procurement and Purchasing, when he and his family relocated to beautiful Meridian, Idaho. 

Andre loves spending time with his wife, Amanda, and their four children: Knox, Evangeline, Charlotte, and Aiden. 

 

VIK PATEL - Area Facilities Maintenance Manager 

Born into a hospitality family and raised in the industry, Vik started working in a hotel right out of high school. He was able to gain a wide range of hotel knowledge through his experience heading up house operations. Vik understands the importance of the systems that keep our hotels running, and has a passion for maintenance. He believes in getting the job done with a smile on his face, and hopes one day to own a small hotel. 

When he's not managing the smooth operations of Ridgemont's properties, Vik enjoys spending time with his family and showing off his skills on the basketball court. 

 

NICK BOHLENDER - Manager of People & Culture

Nick is responsible for two of Ridgemont Hospitality's most important assets: its people and its culture at the corporate office and all hotels. 

Nick has worked on and off in the Hospitality industry for over 18 years in everything from small select-service properties to a full-service property with nearly 800 rooms. He credits his start in operations as the key to his well-balanced approach, as it provided him with a great understanding of the range of employee roles and responsibilities. 

In his free time, Nick enjoys going to Broadway shows with his wife, taking his son to football games, and having tea parties with his daughter. Grateful for an amazing life, Nick enjoys giving back to his community. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Hospitality Management, has a certificate in Human Resources, and is HRCI accredited.




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