Bijal Patel

Bijal Patel

CEO & Principal Parnter, Coast Redwood Hospitality

Bijal has two full-time jobs – serving as the Chairman of CHLA, while also being CEO of Coast Redwood Hospitality, a 44 year old company based in Northern California that owns and operates a portfolio of hotels and other real estate.

He is the youngest Chairman in CHLA’s 128-year history and is the first person to serve two consecutive terms in that role. CHLA is the largest state hospitality group in the U.S., whose members operate almost a quarter million rooms at properties that range in size from small inns to hotels with 3,000 rooms.

During the past five years, Bijal has held leadership roles in AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association), notably as a member of the Young Professional Hoteliers Committee, and as an Ambassador in the North Pacific Region.

Bijal is a third-generation hotelier who signed his first hotel franchise agreement when he was 18. He was named by Hotel Management to its prestigious “30 Under 30” list of the hotel industry’s top rising stars for 2019.  He is especially committed to exposing more young people, especially second and third-generation South Asian Americans, to the sophistication – and legacy rewards — of managing a generational family hotel business.