As President and CEO, A.J. Patel has helped lead JSK to success through his dedication to each project that he puts together. Whether he is locating hotel sites or acquiring bank financing, he makes calculated decisions based on market studies and industry research. A.J. is in charge of working with engineers and architects to ensure efficiency, and he guarantees success by making daily site visits and meeting with subcontractors to ensure strict adherence to project timelines.
A.J. was introduced to the hotel industry when he took over the renovation of a family owned Quality Inn & Suites. It was here that he discovered his passion for construction and development, encouraging him to develop new hotels. It was A.J. and his Fathers shared passion for hotel development that led to the creation of JSK Development Inc., (JSK) in 1999.
A.J. graduated from Purdue with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He then worked as a Production Manager at Weyerhaeuser for two years, designing and implementing plant layouts to increase efficiency. It was only after gaining some valuable design and implementation experience that A.J. transitioned to the world of hospitality.
In addition to acting as President and CEO of JSK, A.J. has been involved with the Tax Commission Board at the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau for the last 12 years. The last four of those years he has been acting as President of the board. A.J. has also served on the Operation and Standards committee of the International Operator's Council of Choice Hotels since being asked to join in 2003. A.J. is truly engaged with his team, his energy and knowledge are a crucial key to JSKs growth and success.