Ravi Patel

Ravi Patel

Ravi Patel is Principal and President of Hawkeye Hotels, one of the fastest growing, privately-owned hotel companies in the country. Since joining Hawkeye Hotels, Patel has personally overseen over forty acquisition and new development projects with total raised capital exceeding $600 million. With more than 6,500 rooms opened or soon to be, and over 1,500 employees, Patel has managed to grow the company’s portfolio significantly since he assumed management of it during the economic downturn of 2008. The portfolio will create an estimated 20-year economic impact of over $5 billion in the state of Iowa alone. Under Ravi’s leadership, Hawkeye Hotels has grown to become a fully vertically integrated hospitality firm, offering a variety of services that range from design and construction to management and development. Hawkeye has become an expert in developing hotels at a rapid pace, as well as turnaround projects that require renovation, cost control, or rebranding. In addition to the hotel industry, Patel is also a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and political activist. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Built By Iowa, which is an early and mid-stage business incubator that launched in the Fall of 2013. This incubator will bring growth capital, mentors, and technical infrastructure to Iowa-based startups looking to scale their companies and bring their products and services to wider markets. Some of the companies that Ravi serves as an Investor Advisor to include Ellison Eyewear, TelePharm, and Higher Learning Technologies (HLT). Ravi has recently announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District. His campaign will focus on growing the economy through pro-growth reforms, investing in education at all levels, and fixing our broken immigration system. If Ravi is successful in his bid, he will be the first Indian-American ever elected to federal office from the state of Iowa. Ravi is involved with many charitable and philanthropic organizations including the Clinton Global Initiative, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, American Cancer Society, and Children’s Miracle Network. He is a regular contributor to a number of leading hospitality and lodging publications such as Hotel News Now and Hotel Business. Ravi also serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College. His current board service includes: InterContinental Hotels Emerging Leaders and Holiday Inn Express Committees, Kirkwood College Hospitality Arts Advisory Board, University of Iowa College of Business Alumni Board, and the State of Iowa Hospitality and Tourism Committee. Ravi is from Burlington, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.