Our Team

The Buckhead America Team


Dipan Patel

President / Chief Executive Office

Dipan is a 30-year hospitality industry veteran who spent over 18 years with CB Richard Ellis as an Executive Vice President in their Hotel and Leisure Group. At CBRE, Dipan has brokered over 800 transactions representing sales in excess of $2 billion. He is the recipient of multiple awards at CBRE consistently placing in the top 3% among producers.

Dipan has advised and represented major national hotel clients during his tenure at CBRE as well as represented CBRE at major industry events. Dipan is intricately involved in raising capital, new investments, joint ventures/ strategic partnerships and financings.

Dipan holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The University of Georgia and a Masters in Hospitality Management from Cornell University. Dipan Patel left CBRE in 2012 after practicing brokerage for 18 years in order to take a full time leadership position with Buckhead America.


Chetan Patel

Chief Operating Officer

Chetan is a 28-year veteran of the hospitality industry. His responsibilities with Buckhead America include property operations, planning, budgeting, and property development. Prior to starting Buckhead America Hospitality, Chetan as the Executive Vice President at Cornerstone Hospitality where he directed all hotel development efforts.

Prior to Cornerstone, Chetan was the Senior Vice President at the Country Hearth Inn brand hotels in charge of all franchise development and administration. Under Chetan’s leadership, the Country Hearth brand grew from 5 open hotels to 59 open hotels. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Georgia State University.


Ferdi Arabaci

Project Coordinator

Ferdi Arabaci joined Buckhead America Hospitality in August 2011, and currently holds the position of Project Coordinator. Ferdi has a decade of Hospitality experience in various leadership roles encompassing restaurant and hotel property level management.

He is currently responsible for managing multiple hotel projects with key roles in purchasing, budgeting, and controlling costs. He is also responsible for the inspecting and installation of all FF&E orders, support in planning and directing hotel renovation projects while efficiently maintaining the correspondence between the owner, architect, subcontractors, suppliers and vendors.

Ferdi holds a Bachelor’s degree of English Language Teaching.


Alora Mize

Corporate Administrative Assistant

Alora is the Corporate Administrative Assistant for Buckhead America Hospitality. She not only acts as a point of contact for all internal and external communications, but she also assists the office, and all properties, with administrative and clerical duties. Alora joined Buckhead America Hospitality in 2018, and plans to continue to learn and grow with them.

Considering herself a ‘forever student’ she hopes to absorb as much knowledge of the hospitality industry as she can. Alora is a strong believer in lists and loves to create detailed agendas when she is doing what she loves most; traveling. She enjoys life to its fullest and always hopes to push herself and goals in positive and rewarding directions.


Beiju Pattni

Corporate Revenue Manager

Beiju is responsible for revenue management efforts for all properties in Buckhead America Hospitality’s portfolio which includes; engaging with brand leaders, operation leaders, and owners to meet the revenue objectives while growing rev-par Index and profitability.

Beiju’s career with Buckhead America Hospitality began in 2017, as Food and Beverage Manager of the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Peachtree City, transitioning to the corporate office in 2018 as the Corporate Revenue Manager.


Aaron Penry

Vice President of Operations

Aaron joined Buckhead America Hospitality in 2021 and is responsible for overseeing operations, revenues, budgeting, expenses as well as direct contact with all ownership and investment groups within Buckhead America Hospitality’s portfolio. Aside from working for franchised, independent, corporate owned and privately owned hotels, he has also filled positions for national brands as Quality Assurance Inspection, District Manager, Regional Revenue Manager and Regional Director of Operations.

Combining this unique road of experience with his strong passion to streamline processes and create functional strategies in hotels, Aaron will be key in building the Operational foundation and Standards of Practice for Buckhead America Hospitality.


Yvette Myers

Director of People, Culture and Finance

Yvette joined our company in 2021, bringing more than 15 years of Accounting and Human Resources experience with her. Yvette has worked for both private and public sectors and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Degree from Texas Southern University.

Yvette will oversee all things accounting for Buckhead America Hospitality and be our Ambassador of People & Culture. She will play an important role in the growth of our company.


Sachin Desai

Real Estate and Acquisitions

Prior to joining Buckhead America, Sachin worked at Patterson Real Estate Advisory Group, a boutique real estate investment finance firm where he was involved in financing ground-up construction, renovation, acquisition, and refinance with structured mezzanine/preferred, joint venture equity, and senior debt in all product types.

Sachin has a Master’s from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration with a graduate minor from the Baker Program of Real Estate. Currently, Sachin serves as the Vice President of the Cornell Hotel Society of Georgia.


Rajeev Desai

Asset Management

Rajeev is responsible for asset management of the company’s hotel portfolio. During his 15-year hospitality career he has served as a general manager, corporate revenue manager, and project manager on redevelopment and new construction projects.

Rajeev holds his Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Tech and a Master of Science in Commercial Real Estate from Georgia State University.

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