Miraj Patel is a highly motivated second-generation hotelier who began his career in hospitality from a young age. Miraj’s experience has given him an innate ability to understand the business and he continues to be proactive about learning. He completed multiple internships in several highly recognized hospitality firms prior to joining his family business. He is currently the President of his private, family-owned, Texas-based hospitality company, Mirage Hospitality. Miraj has spoken at several prestigious and high profile business, educational, social, and legislative conferences. He has written many papers and articles on hospitality trends and issues and has been recognized in various trade magazines including on the cover of Asian Hospitality. As a long standing member of AAHOA, Miraj was recently elected as the youngest AAHOA Board of Director (Young Professional Director Western Division). Additionally, Miraj was the 2018-2019 Chair of the Education & Professional Development Committee, and served on the committee since 2016. In 2017, he was awarded the AAHOA Outstanding Young Professional Hotelier of the Year for his work in the hospitality industry. Miraj graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel & Lodging Management, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree, with a concentration in Hospitality.