Ketan Patel

Principal & Co-Founder

Ketan has spent over twenty five years in the hotel business. His experience encompasses everything from development, renovations, operations, and acquisitions/disposition. Ketan has been entrusted by publicly traded banks to individual hotel owners to handle hotel operations. read more

Born in Wolverhampton, England, Ketan Patel and his family moved to Apalachicola, Fla., in 1981. There they purchased their first property, a 26-unit independent motel. After graduating from Florida State University in 1998 with a degree in finance and real estate, Ketan jumped right into the hotel business.

Ketan’s passion for the hospitality industry is further evidenced by his active roles on Boards and committees for AAHOA, IHG and other franchise sub-committees.

Ketan is co-founder of ROHM Group, LLC and HAP, LLC. ROHM Group is a hotel management company focused on the management of limited, select and full-service hotels. HAP is the hotel consulting and investment arm. ROHM has grown over the years and has and continues to successfully manage hotels nationally. HAP has been involved in a number of hotel transactions, nationally, with an aggregate market value of over $300 million.

Kirit Patel

Principal & Co-Founder

Kirit Patel has been involved in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Global Capital Markets and National REIT Leader of a NYSE listed company. Working with major investment banks, law firms, financial services institutions and corporations. Kirit has personally been involved with over 60 IPOs and more than 120 M&A deals, representing a cumulative value of over $60 billion. read more

Kirit’s hotel experience has involved everything from acquisitions, dispositions and development to financing and marketing. Kirit’s background with Corporate America and his entrepreneurial spirit, give him a unique perspective in today’s dynamic and competitive hotel market.

After co-founding HAP, Kirit helped co-found ROHM Group. HAP is the hotel/real estate consulting and investment arm and ROHM is the hotel management arm. ROHM has grown over the years and has and continues to successfully manage hotels nationally. HAP has been involved in a number of hotel and real estate transactions, nationally, with an aggregate market value of over $300 million.

Kal Patel

Principal & Co-Founder

A native of India and born in 1978, Kal and his parents migrated to the United States in 1979, where he was raised and schooled. In 2001, Kal graduated from Savannah State University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. read more

Cultivated and groomed in the hotel industry, Kal longed to be part of something unique that still complemented the hotel investments he overlooked. He decided to work for Merrill Lynch to gain a better understanding of finance and investments, which played a significant role in broadening his knowledge and experience, and later applying them to the lodging business. Backed by an array of experiences now, Kal started by re-assessing the current hotels in their portfolio and formed a hotel management and development company.

Today his company, Image Hotels, Inc., owns and operates multiple hotels throughout the Southeast. Still growing and expanding, Kal is also actively involved in industry groups such as AH&LA, AAHOA, Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association while participating in national events such as the Lodging Conference and Hotel Investment Conference. Additionally, Kal also plays an active role on the Young Professional Hoteliers task force committee for AAHOA. As a result of his consistent dedication and passion for hospitality, he has received numerous awards and recognitions for lodging accomplishments from industry leaders, franchisors, and municipalities.

With over a decade of experience, Kal thoroughly understands the hospitality business, and the leading indicators that not only makes the business successful, but most importantly the people that operate the business successful and the consumers that use the business satisfied.

Jeff Paul

Director of Operations

Jeff is Director of Operations for ROHM Hotels. He has been in single and multi-unit hotel operations leadership roles with major brands (Marriott, IHG, and Hilton) for over 25 years. read more

He started his career in the hospitality industry with Marriott Hotels in the New York region after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Widener University in Chester, PA. His career then took him through successful General Manager and regional roles with Carlson Hotels, Vista Host Hotels, and Intrawest Hospitality. This ultimately led to multi property Regional Director & Asset Director leadership roles with IHG and AHIP.

As an integral member of the ROHM leadership team, Jeff is the Director of Operations and works closely with hotel ownership and property leadership teams daily to drive operational excellence in all key performance areas. His experience and knowledge with hotel operations, hotel owners, hotel brands, and multi-unit property management round out a solid leadership team for the ROHM Group. Jeff has a long track record developing positive key stakeholder relationships based on mutual trust and helping exceed expectations.

Lindsey Mitchell


As the Controller for ROHM Group, Lindsey Mitchell is responsible for the delivery of financial services such as accounting, sales tax preparation, reporting, and budgeting, in accordance with franchise compliance and organizational policies. read more

Lindsey joined the management company in 2011 after working in the banking industry for over 10 years. Lindsey is passionate about providing accurate and timely financial data that owners and stakeholders can use to make informed business decisions.

Lindsey was born and raised in Northwest Illinois and has now resided in the Atlanta Metro area for over 18 years. She is a cum-laude graduate of Shorter University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. As a dedicated member of the management team she is both diligent in financial analysis and committed to the overall success of the business.

She truly takes to heart the mission, vision and core values of the company.

Roderick Horton

Human Resources Manager

Roderick is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, he has worked in the hospitality industry for twenty years.  He began his career as a night auditor and built on his strengths of customer service and team building to work his way up to various leadership roles. read more

In addition to identifying the best people to fit available positions, Roderick prides himself on making sure ROHM associates are well supported.

Roderick is also a dedicated animal lover volunteering his time and resources to the Atlanta Humane Society and various animal rescue organizations.  In his downtime Roderick enjoys traveling and exploring local eateries.