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Member Spotlight: Raj Patel


B.S. Economics from University of California at Davis

MBA in Finance and Management from Pepperdine University

About Raj

Being raised in California, in my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, and rather be playing sports than watching them. I like spicy food and my favorite cuisines are Thai, Indian and Mexican. If I had more than 24 hours in a day, I would take flying lessons and acquire a pilot license.

I value and appreciate our culture and like visiting India often. Eventually, I want to travel to every country and continue to learn more about other cultures too.


After graduating business school, Raj started working at Merrill Lynch in New Jersey and explored various opportunities including Investment Banking. Shortly thereafter he realized he would be happiest as an entrepreneur. Subsequently, he launched a Hotel Development and Management Company.

Why entrepreneurship?

Having been exposed to the hospitality industry early on, Raj gained an understanding of the possible risks and rewards associated with entrepreneurship. Realizing the value of tangible assets combined with the excitement of building something of his own, it became a “no brainer” for Raj to focus on a start-up venture. Recently, he has invested in two hotels in the Midwest and has plans to expand further next year!

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