Corporate Asset Manager
Yogi Patel came to the United States from Zambia, Africa in 1982. He grew up at the Sunset Inn, a 37-room motel his family purchased soon after arriving in Longview, Texas. Throughout high school, Yogi’s after-school job was to become versed in all aspects of managing the motel, and it wasn’t long before he was shaping the future of their work. His advocacy led to the formation of their hotel development and management firm, Image Hospitality, in 1993.
At 22, Yogi was leading a team of 30 associates and managing a $4 million investment. The young but shrewd and determined leader thrived, and in 1995, his commitment to operational excellence was validated when their hotel was ranked fifth top performing Hampton Inn nationwide and received the prestigious Winegardner Award. Yogi’s vision and leadership helped the family earn franchising approval with Marriott International, a company known for its selectiveness, in 2004.