Team

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Raman V. Patel

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Raman Patel exemplifies what the American Dream is. Through hard work, dedication, and strategic planning, Raman has broken barriers and been a true pioneer in the Hotel Industry in Northern California. From the start, nearly four decades ago, Raman has set out to redefine the hotel experience for patrons. Steadily he has molded and built Zenique into a unique company that offers extraordinary customer service and hotel experience for all of their guests. He has achieved this goal as evidenced by his numerous accolades and awards achieved at his properties scattered throughout Northern California.

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Rupesh R. Patel

President & Chief Operating Officer

Rupesh Patel is the visionary behind Zenique Hotels. Patel has used his skill set to shape a hospitality company that is innovative, cutting edge, and unique. It is well known that Zenique operates with their PEOPLE in mind, which is a result of Rupesh’s desire to create a company with a joyful, transparent, and positive, family like culture. His angle of conducting business by building relationships is a direct reflection of his Father, Raman Patel’s approach. At a young age, his father began teaching him about the family business exposing him to more and more as he grew older. He learned how to maintain a dedicated, focused, and ‘work hard’ mentality while building relationships along the way. His Father always taught him, that relationships are more valuable than any dollar amount; thus, the primary focus should always be PEOPLE.

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Aaron A. Penry, CRME

Regional Director of Operations

Aaron joined Zenique Hotels with an extensive 18 years of experience in the industry.  He has grown up in hotels working in every department and every position a hotel has to offer.  Having a strong dedication to excelling in the industry, Aaron quickly found himself adding tremendous value to the hotels that he was a part of.  Aside from working for franchised, independent, corporate owned and privately owned hotels, he has also filled positions for national brands as Quality Assurance Inspection, District Manager, and Regional Revenue Manager.

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Jason Fierst, CHA

Regional Revenue & Marketing Manager

After holding various positions in the retail industry from General Manager to Regional Manager, Jason Fierst found his true passion in the Hospitality world. Starting out as a Night Auditor to make some extra income, Jason found himself gaining experience in all facets of the business. Working in housekeeping, front desk, maintenance, all gave him the experience he needed to make the jump up to General Manager. As a General Manager, he oversaw renovations for 2 properties, acquisitions of 3 properties, and earned numerous awards from nationally recognized brand such as InterContinental Hotels Group, Choice Hotels, and La Quinta Hotels. His properties consistently exceeded revenue expectations of his ownership as well as the brand; thus, it was no surprise when Jason was offered a position as a Regional Revenue Manager for Choice Hotels.

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Krista Brughelli

Regional Manager of People & Culture

Before joining the Zenique Team, Krista worked in almost all positions in a restaurant before finding herself fit into a role of Human Resources within a hotel.  Her wide range of experience allows her to understand employee situations and culture needs.  She is able to connect with Associates of the company on various levels, as she has ‘been there and done that’.

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MichaelMichael C. Day

Corporate Controller

With over 30 years of Hotel experience, Michael brings extensive knowledge to Zenique. He has worked and succeeded in every department a hotel offers; yet, has created the most impact while being a hands on Controller for the past 15 years. He has run the accounting departments for hotels of all scales including 4 Diamond Resorts. With his well-rounded experience, Michael plays a vital role in actualizing Zenique’s mission to grow, and grow efficiently. He has built the accounting foundation for Zenique by meshing the rigid demands of accounting protocols with the

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Roshni Patel

Assistant Corporate Controller

Hospitality and Accounting is in Roshni Patel’s blood.  At an early age, Roshni assisted Raman in his daily accounting and bookkeeping for his hotels which eventually led her into a career in the banking industry.  During her education at California State University East Bay, where she earned a degree in Marketing, she worked at Bank of America.  She started off as a teller and moved her way up to Relationship Manager for Wealth Management.  Finding her passion with numbers and building relationships, Roshni went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  Continuing in the banking industry, Roshni’s latest stent was with Boston Private Bank, where she served as an Assistant Trust Advisor, managing trust accounts for her clients, working closely with Attorneys, Financial Advisors, and CPA’s. 

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