Mr. Patel cofounded Alena Hospitality and currently serves as Senior Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Patel also cofounded First Farmers Financial, the nation’s only non-bank USDA B&I lender, where he currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to cofounding Alena Hospitality and First Farmers Financial, Mr. Patel served as Vice President & Alternative Lending Manager at Fifth Third Bank, Senior Vice President at Beach Business Bank, and Vice President and Business Development Officer at Comerica Bank in their government guaranteed lending groups.

Mr. Patel attended the University of Central Florida for his undergraduate studies. Mr. Patel is currently pursuing a Master’s certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University. Mr. Patel serves as a director for University of Central Florida’s Foundation Board and on Senator Mel Martinez’s Executive Leadership Committee for the Heart Ball, part of the American Heart Association.