Ajesh Patel

Ajesh Patel

CEO, PRESIDENT, PROSPERA HOTELS

WHY: Previously international investment banker, now heads strategy and development for private Orange-based hotel developer. Mostly in Anaheim, properties include Hyatt House at the corner of Harbor and Katella Avenue and a Hampton Inn & Suites in the city’s resort area. UC Berkeley grad; board member at Visit Anaheim.

RECENT: Along with Anaheim-based O’Connell Hotel Group, built the JW Marriott, a 466-room, 12- story hotel next to the Gardenwalk shopping center. Estimated $300M project opened this year in August, five months later than planned due to pandemic.

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QUOTABLE: On revamped marketing plans due to COVID- 19, says “we are targeting people that want to get away and have a curated luxury experience, and with the JW brand, they know we are ensuring safety and cleanliness.”

2020 HOBBY: “I’ve spent more time in nature this year than probably the past five years combined – I especially enjoy the numerous hiking trails.”