Mitch Patel

Mitch Patel

President & CEO

Mitch Patel founded Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. in 1997 with a mere $3,000 in his savings account. Under his leadership as President and CEO, Vision holds a growing portfolio of Hilton and Marriott-affiliated properties with a market value quickly approaching a billion dollars.

Vision has been the recipient of multiple industry awards. Most recently, Vision received the Marriott International Developer of the Year Award, the Marriott International Spirit to Serve Award, the Developer of the Year Award for the Hampton Brand by Hilton Worldwide, and the Multi-Brand Developer of the Year Award by Hilton Worldwide.

Mitch serves on the Marriott International Franchise Advisory Council and the Hilton Worldwide Owner’s Advisory Council. In Vision’s hometown of Chattanooga, TN, Mitch is active with local organizations and currently serves on the boards of the Benwood Foundation, St. Nicholas School, ArtsBuild of Greater Chattanooga, Chattanooga Design Studio, The River City Company and Friends of the Festival. Mitch is also an advocate for ending human trafficking in the hospitality industry and volunteers with a local mission to end hunger.

Mitch holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Ish Patel

Ish Patel

Chairman

A native of India, Ish earned his undergraduate degree in dairy science & technology at Sardar Patel University in 1969. He continued his education, earning a Master’s degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of California-Davis in 1972. He then completed his doctorate research and coursework for the same University. After graduation, Ish became a Quality Assurance Manager for a major food company in Stockton, CA in 1977. Ish entered the hotel industry in 1978 with the lease-purchase of an independent motel in Stockton, CA. In 1980, he moved to Cleveland, TN in pursuit of a franchised property, which he owned and managed for over 24 years. In 1985, he became one of the first developers of a Days Inn in Tennessee. Ish is a founding member of the Mid-South Indemnity Association, which eventually led to the start of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association. He is also the founder and inaugural president of the Indian Cultural Association of East Tennessee. As Vision’s Chairman, Ish remains active in the local civic community as a member of the local Rotary Club for nearly 30 years.

Aman Patel

Aman Patel

Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, Aman oversees all hotel operations, and focuses on accounting and IT functions for the company. He devises and implements training programs to develop and maintain Company associates and “best practices.”  At the corporate level, Aman is responsible for accounting and internal control design and implementation, cash management, and market planning and segmentation. He lends his expertise to property level processes such as hotel efficiency, guest satisfaction tracking, data processing coordination and labor controls. In addition to his responsibilities, he is also an active participant in assuring Vision’s pre-opening standards are achieved and new construction information is organizationally disseminated.

Before joining Vision in 2005, Aman worked for ZMC Hotels as a General Manager of a Hampton Inn. At ZMC, he quickly proved to be capable of expanded responsibility and was appointed to manage all three of the ZMC-owned Hampton Inn’s in Atlanta.

Aman attended Vanderbilt University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and graduated with high honors.

Reggie Piercy

Reggie Piercy

Senior Vice President of Operations

Reggie is responsible for overseeing and directing all hotel operations for Vision’s portfolio. His duties include monitoring all aspects of daily operations, including revenue, marketing, expense management, risk management, maintenance and human resources.

Reggie’s 32-year career began as a night auditor while attending Concord University; at the time, he was just looking for employment experience but he accidentally fell in love with the hospitality industry and the chances it offered to serve others and put a smile on their face. He changed his major and his focus to match his new purpose, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Before joining Vision in 2011, Reggie held positions as a general manager, regional director of operations, director of training and development, and brand training manager for Marriott. In his three decades in the hospitality industry, Reggie has developed a wealth of experience in hotel operations with a focus on training associates to exceed guest expectations associated with each hotel brand and developing future hotel management personnel.

Reggie is a recipient of the JW Marriott Award of Excellence and sits on the Board of Directors with Chattanooga State. Reggie is based out of Chattanooga, where he enjoys the progressive culture and outdoor activities that the city has to offer. When not in the office, Reggie enjoys traveling to new locations with his family.

Andrew Hibbard

Andrew Hibbard

Vice President of Finance & Investments

Andrew is responsible for building the business case for each hotel property investment, which includes market research coordination, proforma modeling, site acquisition, franchise application and equity/debt financing. In addition, he is charged with identifying promising new markets from both internal and external sources, and analyzing joint venture and acquisition opportunities. Prior to joining Vision in 2010, he worked for the Raines Group, a Chattanooga-based Commercial Real Estate Broker. At Raines, he had a wide range of responsibilities, including project management, financial analysis and commercial real estate brokerage. Earlier in his career, he worked as Director of Operations and Resort Management for Jackson Hole Ski Corporation. There, he oversaw all hospitality and property management operations. Over the course of his career, he has sourced equity, mezzanine and senior debt financing for hospitality and mixed-use development projects.

Andrew attended Green Mountain College and graduated in 1991 majoring in Behavioral Science. He earned his MBA in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Wisconsin. While at the University of Wisconsin, he taught undergraduate courses in real estate finance as a teaching assistant. He is a licensed Affiliate Real Estate Broker in Tennessee.

Hiten Patel

Hiten Patel

Vice President of Development & Construction

Hiten is responsible for supervising all new development and pre-construction processes for Vision, including permitting, architectural and interior design review, and construction contracts. Together with the Director of Construction, he manages all on-site construction.

Before joining Vision in 2008, Hiten worked for Aventis Pharmaceuticals, where he began as an intern and was quickly promoted to a quality systems supervisory position. His responsibilities included planning, implementing and administering the quality assurance program, as well as ensuring that all operations were in compliance with governmental and companywide regulations. While supervising the construction of his first hotel in Downtown Chattanooga, Hiten attended the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry.

Arlene McCullough

Arlene McCullough

Vice President of Accounting

Arlene is the head of Vision’s accounting team, responsible for coordinating the efforts of the department and providing strategic financial leadership for Vision’s growing hotel portfolio.

Arlene has extensive experience in accounting, both inside and outside of the hospitality industry, and has managed the finances of manufacturers and consulting firms. Out of all the industries she had managed for, however, hospitality was the one that she found most interesting, and she has stayed inside the business since 2005. Prior to coming to Vision, Arlene served as corporate controller for HEI Hotels & Resorts for 11 years. During her tenure as their accounting leader, she supported the growth of the company by managing the company’s funds and joint ventures in addition to providing accounting oversight for the hotel management and investment companies. Arlene also previously served as assistant controller for The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Arlene earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and holds a Master of Science Degree in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. Arlene is an avid supporter of animals and a member of the Liberty Train Animal Rescue Transport and Best Friends Animal Society groups.

Greg Presley

Greg Presley

Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

Greg’s 25-year career in the hospitality industry began as a front desk clerk while pursuing a degree in Marketing/Communications at the University of Alabama. He quickly learned the key roles within both sales and operations. Presley became one of Marriott International’s first cluster director of sales and later one of their youngest general managers. During his tenure, Presley has held several leadership roles, most recently overseeing 14 hotel assets as Regional Vice President of Operations for Chartwell Hospitality Group. He has also worked with over 14 hotel brands and has vast experience with investment partners and acquisition teams.

Presley’s accomplishments have been recognized nationally, and include Opening Hotel of the Year awards by Marriott International, Top 10% of the Homewood Suites Brand awards from Hilton and Marriott’s Rising Star Award.

Jeff Mochel

Jeff Mochel

Regional Vice President of Operations

Jeff oversees operations for Vision’s Greater Chattanooga properties. He works closely with the management teams at the properties in maintaining operating standards and executing daily procedures. Jeff acts as a liaison between the hotel general managers and the management company, where he is charged with not only upholding the hotel’s brand standards, but also maintaining Vision’s “hands on” culture at the property level.

Prior to joining Vision in 2010, Jeff worked with Jameson Inn hotels as Senior Regional Director of Operations. His duties included overseeing as many as 50 hotels in the Southeast. Jeff is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. Jeff’s time in the hospitality industry has taught him to be creative in solving problems, as no two days are alike, but every day gives the opportunity to help someone, whether it be a guest, General Manager, or a coworker.

Jeff serves as the Vice President of Education on the board of the East Brainerd Chamber of Commerce. Jeff is involved with local Chattanooga schools on improvement projects as well as volunteering his time to prepare the students for interviewing, career options, and educating them on careers in hospitality. Jeff also volunteers his time with the Chattanooga Food Bank, American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity and Toys for Tots in the Chattanooga area.

In his free time, Jeff and his wife enjoy hiking the trails of the Great Smokey Mountains and the amazing trails surrounding the Chattanooga area.

Thomas Mischak

Thomas Mischak

Regional Vice President of Operations

Tom Mischak joined Vision Hospitality Group in 2015 as Regional Vice President of Operations. Tom heads Vision’s most wide-spread region, with properties in Georgia, Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas. Tom provides support and communication from the home office to the properties under his direction.

Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Purdue University and has been in the hospitality industry for 30 years. A self-described ‘people-person’, Tom loves taking care of the guests and building his team. Prior to joining Vision, Tom held numerous leadership roles, including General Manager and Regional Director. During his tenure as General Manager, Tom was recognized with his previous company’s highest “Triple Platinum Award”, awarded to the manager with the highest results across the entire hotel portfolio, and also received the “Platinum Award” and Most Improved “Moving the Needle Award.”

Tom loves spending time with his family, fishing, and visiting the beach. He is also a supporter of the Rookery Bay Reserve, which protects one of the few undisturbed mangrove estuaries left in North America.

Steve Sines

Steve Sines

Regional Vice President of Operations

Steve serves as Regional Vice President of Operations for Vision’s Greater Nashville and Midwest hotels. Steve works with the property management teams to provide support and leadership for his properties.

Steve holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Missouri, which has served as his foundation for building a career of outstanding results in financial management, food & beverage, operations, and sales. Prior to joining Vision, Steve worked for 17 years in hotel operations with White Lodging Services, gaining extensive hospitality knowledge and leading many of his properties to top honors and awards in the Marriott and IHG brands. Steve has been the recipient of several awards of excellence, including Residence Inn General Manager of the Year, Courtyard by Marriott General Manager of the Year, Marriott Full Service GM of the Year and Marriott’s Leadership Excellence Award.

Steve and his family currently reside in Franklin, TN, giving him a local’s insight into the region he manages.

Mark Payne

Mark Payne

Director of Engineering

Mark oversees Vision’s entire hotel portfolio, ensuring that measures are taken to maintain safe and clean properties for optimal guest experiences. He manages all chief engineers and directs Vision’s preventative maintenance program. For pipeline hotels, he is highly involved in ensuring brand standards and codes are met.

Mark is an experienced maintenance engineer with a specialized focus in hospitality. Since 1997, he has dedicated his time to the integral factors and legal requirements to preserve hotel safety and efficiency. For eight years, he served as the Assistant Corporate Director of Engineering for Westgate Resorts, focusing on preventative maintenance and remodeling for 19 corporate buildings, while overseeing each of the properties’ chief engineers. His most recent post prior to joining Vision was as Chief Engineer for a Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn, during which time he was responsible for department budgeting, overall property maintenance, loss prevention and capital assessments, among other duties.

Mark is a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity, where he is able to use his skills and expertise to help those in need. Mark’s favorite part of working in the hospitality industry is having the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world. In his spare time, Mark enjoys playing the drums and going deep-sea fishing.

Peter Patel

Peter Patel

Director of Procurement

Peter has been with Vision since the company’s inception, bringing to the team a successful career in hospitality, backed by his degrees in electrical engineering and telecommunication. In 1982, he entered the hospitality industry as a hotel operator, and later joined Vision in its hotel development projects. As the Director of Procurement, Peter serves as a key associate in managing all furniture, fixtures, operating supplies and equipment.

Michael Butler

Michael Butler

Director of Food & Beverage

An industry veteran with over 30 years of hospitality experience, Michael oversees all areas of F&B, including operations, kitchen and bar design, and restaurant concepts.

The foundation of his success lies in his education from Johnson and Wales in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Early in his career, he dedicated his talents to several country clubs, including Club Corporation of America South East and The Cliffs Golf and Country Clubs as well as the Spartanburg Country Club in Greenville, SC where he served as the Club Manager until 2004. During this time, Michael also served as a consultant for Atwood Architects in the area of kitchen design and operations.

In 2005, he joined JHM Hotels as the Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, where he oversaw 40 hotels of 14 different brands. In this role, he was responsible for the overall quality, evaluation and implementation of best practices, while mentoring associates through comprehensive culinary and service training programs he developed. During this time, he earned numerous awards for his achievements, including the Food & Beverage Excellence Award, Service Excellence Award, Global Event Management Awards for Leadership Excellence and Team Excellence from Marriott.In 2005, he joined JHM Hotels as the corporate director of food & beverage, where he oversaw 40 hotels of 14 different brands. During this time, he earned numerous awards for his achievements, including the Food & Beverage Excellence Award, Service Excellence Award, Global Event Management Awards for Leadership Excellence and Team Excellence from Marriott. Most recently, Michael served as the Vice President of Food & Beverage for McKibbon Hotel Management, a post that oversaw 81 hotels with 14 hotel brands. The hospitality industry offers some unique challenges, but Michael enjoys the opportunities these challenges offer to pull all the moving parts together to exceed guest expectations every chance he gets.Most recently, Michael served as the Vice President of Food & Beverage for McKibbon Hotel Management, a post that oversaw 81 hotels with 14 hotel brands. He focused on all areas of operations, including the management of 78 hotel market/suite shops and advancing catering sales across the portfolio. In addition, he again applied his design expertise for 23 new construction hotels and 16 renovations to maximize profitability and productivity.

Outside of the workplace, Michael likes golfing, fishing, and visiting the beach. Michael and his family are active in their community with Metropolitan Ministries, an organization that houses the homeless, feeds the poor, and protects abused women and children.

Anthony Langan

Anthony Langan

Director of Beverage + Food, Lifestyle Hotels

Anthony is in charge of operations for the restaurants, bars, and catering for all lifestyle hotels in Vision’s portfolio.

Anthony began his ten-year career in the hospitality industry as an Assistant Outlets Manager in 2006, where he oversaw the bar, restaurant, and room service for the Chicago Mart Plaza. Since then, Anthony has continued to grow his knowledge of hotel operations leadership and the food & beverage department, serving as both a general manager and a property director of food and beverage with Vision. This gives him a rare understanding of departmental interactions and the impact that food & beverage can have on the guest experience. During his time as the food and beverage directorat the Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown Nashville/ The Gulch, he led ‘Up, a rooftop lounge’ to have the highest Yelp rating of all the bars and lounges in the area while also exceeding budgeted profits. Anthony has received several personal awards as well, such as ‘Department Manager of the Year’ from Vision Hospitality Group, ‘Lodging Manager of the Year’ from the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association, and Hotel Management Magazine’s ‘Thirty Under 30’ award.

Anthony is an advocate for employment opportunities for individuals with physical, mental, and/or developmental disabilities and is active in several organizations that work to further the cause: Next Steps at Vanderbilt University, Autism Tennessee, and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Megan Brown

Megan Brown

Director of Culture & Talent Development

As the Director of Culture & Talent Development, Megan oversees all aspects of Vision’s training initiatives and cultural programs. Megan has been an integral part in the development and implementation of Vision University, the company’s signature learning program.

Megan’s career in the hospitality industry began in 1999 at a Courtyard by Marriott in the Washington, D.C. area, where she quickly realized a passion for the hotel business. While holding various property-based leadership positions, she discovered that she most enjoyed working with associates to help them excel in their roles. Seeing her associates reach their potential was rewarding for Megan, which influenced her decision to pursue a training career. She moved into a training facilitation role at Marriott International, which led to additional facilitation and training development positions. During her tenure at Marriott, Megan worked with several hotel brands to develop and facilitate systems- and brand-specific training for new and existing programs.

Megan came to Chattanooga when she joined Vision in 2013, and the sense of community struck her as being so much stronger than anywhere else she had lived; Chattanooga may be 700 miles from where she grew up, but it quickly became home. Megan is an avid traveler who loves making new discoveries, whether by visiting new places or further exploring familiar ones.

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor

Director of Hotel Performance

As the director of hotel performance, Scott oversees and supports the operations of all new and transitioning properties in Vision’s portfolio. His duties include providing pre-opening support, mentoring property leadership, and providing interim management.

Scott joined Vision in 2008 as General Manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Cleveland, TN. In 2013, He transitioned to General Manager of the Hampton Inn Cleveland, TN, which he led to rank in the top six percent of the brand in guest service after its first year of operation. For his achievements, Scott was presented with the 2013 General Manager of the Year award by Vision. Scott has also been recognized by Hilton Worldwide, with 10 consecutive Wall of Fame Awards as well as a Lighthouse Award from the Hampton brand. Scott’s dedication further earned him the Hands-On Hamptonality Community Service Award from the Hampton Brand for his dedication to numerous community organizations, including Rotary International and the Cleveland Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as the Vice Chairman of Travel and Tourism.

Ashley Hollis

Ashley Hollis

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

Ashley leads the sales efforts for Vision’s Greater Chattanooga area and Knoxville hotels, coordinating and supporting the teams’ work to grow market share. Additionally, Ashley assists with researching the market to identify new potential accounts and builds a network of sales contacts for her team.

Ashley has been with Vision since 2006, and has over eight years of experience in sales management. Ashley worked up from Director of Sales for Vision’s Hilton Garden Inn Hamilton Place to becoming an Area Director of Sales and Marketing and now serves as the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the entirety of Chattanooga and its surroundings. Ashley has been the recipient of several awards both inside and outside of the company, including the Thirty Under 30 award from national publication "Hotel Management Magazine."

Ashley is an active part of the Chattanooga community, giving her time to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, American Breast Cancer Society, and Alzheimer’s Association. She is also a board member of American Cancer Society and sits on the Membership and Networking Committees for the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute. Ashley, who is an avid University of Georgia Football fan, enjoys attending concerts and traveling with her husband.

Heather Brinson

Heather Brinson

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

Heather is the head of sales efforts for Vision’s Hotels located in Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado and New Jersey, coordinating and supporting the teams’ work to expand market share. Additionally, Heather takes the lead in identifying new potential accounts and building business relationships in her region.

Heather holds a degree in Hotel Management from the University of Alabama, and has over 18 years of sales experience in the hospitality industry. Heather began her career in the industry as a manager in training with the Renaissance Downtown Hotel during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Later she joined the sales team with the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta as Manager of Business Travel. Heather subsequently moved up through the company to become the Director of Business Travel and later the National Sales Manager of Group Sales. Heather joined the Vision Family in 2013 as the opening Director of Sales of the first Residence Inn in Vision’s portfolio. In 2014, Heather was promoted to Regional Director of Sales & Marketing and has since then made a tremendous impact in her region and within the company. Heather finds the most rewarding part about working in hospitality is the opportunity to meet new people every day.

Heather is a supporter of North Fulton Community Charities and is a devoted wife and mother. In her spare time, she loves to play tennis and travel.

Tiffany Lewis

Tiffany Lewis

Regional Director of Sales and Marketing

Tiffany is the head of sales efforts for Vision’s Greater Nashville and Midwest hotels, coordinating and supporting the teams’ work to expand market share. Additionally, Tiffany is charged with assisting in identifying new potential accounts and building a network of sales contacts for her team.

Tiffany has over eighteen years of experience in sales and events, both inside and outside of the hospitality industry. Her time in sales has covered a broad range of responsibilities and roles, from account manager to catering sales manager to regional director of sales. Tiffany has held positions in both Marriott and Hilton, rounding out her hospitality experience. Tiffany’s accomplishments include National Sales Account Manager of the Year for Residence Inn and Marriott’s Top Extended Stay Sales Occupancy for the Southwest Region award. Tiffany holds a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Texas Tech University

Community and making a difference in the lives of others are very important to Tiffany, and it shows in her active support of charitable organizations myLIFEspeaks and Love for Kitui, which support communities in Haiti and Kenya.

 


Summar Heavin

Summar Heavin

Senior Human Resources Manager

Summar oversees all human resources and risk management activities for Vision. This includes maintaining all personnel records, processing all insurance claims, managing insurance coverage for the properties and overseeing employee benefit programs.

Summar has a strong working expertise in legal and accounting matters going back to when she began her career in human resources working for the local board of education while still in high school. Summar earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Berry College, and worked for a receivership assistance contractor. She assisted the FDIC performing forensic investigations related to institutions under FDIC receivership. She has managed the records for the Division of Business & Financial Forensics for over 20 financial institutions. Summar joined the Vision team in 2011, and has served as the head of the human resources department since that time.

Summar is an active member of the Orange Grove Center Development Committee and STEP-UP Chattanooga Steering Committee. Outside of the office, Summar enjoys spending time with her son and husband, and takes advantage of the great outdoor activities and attractions Chattanooga has to offer.

Jocelyn Cochran

Jocelyn Cochran

Communication & Community Relations Manager

Jocelyn is responsible for corporate branding, internal and external communications, and social responsibility initiatives. She also advises and assists on media relations and communication for all Vision hotels.

Jocelyn entered the hospitality industry at a Courtyard by Marriott in her hometown in central Pennsylvania. It was there she found her passion for the industry and the new opportunities it presented every day, not just to provide excellent guest service, but also to meet individuals from all over the world. Upon making this discovery, Jocelyn knew that her career would always be in hospitality. In 2010, Jocelyn moved to the Atlanta area and joined the Vision team at the company’s Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta NW/Kennesaw properties. Jocelyn moved through several roles at these properties in both sales and operations before her recruitment to the home office team as the Special Projects Manager to assist with project and operational support.

Jocelyn graduated from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. When not in the office, Jocelyn enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Mary Strech

Mary Strech

Exec. Assistant to Mitch Patel

Mary has been a loyal associate with Vision as the Executive Assistant to Mitch Patel, providing administrative support for the CEO and oversight over all office operations, including new development entity management, associate payroll, partner relations, banking and financial record-keeping. Most importantly, she strives to provide each of Vision’s properties with the dedicated service and personal attention they require.

After 16 years in banking, Mary entered the hospitality industry as a Night Auditor for a Hampton Inn in 1996 and later became a Front Office Manager with ZMC Hotels. In 2005, she joined the Vision team as the General Manager of a Hampton Inn that was previously managed by the company.