Leadership

A new ELFA leadership board was elected in 2015 at the Choice Hotels International convention to serve the association for the next two years. ELFA’s Board and Regional Directors are fellow franchisees volunteering their time and energy to further the Econo Lodge brand. Connect with us to find out how you can become more involved.

Regional Directors

ELFA’s Regional Directors are a valuable resource for franchisees. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to yours with questions or concerns about your property.

Board Members

Katen Patel President OR183 (503) 504-5566
Manish Desai Vice President AL168 (334) 444-5414
Amrish Patel Treasurer IL318 (618) 679-6300
Don Neuharth Secretary MO135 (573) 216-7590
Mahendra (MZ) Patel Past President NJ060 (609) 240-5014
Ashok (Pete) Patel Region 3 Director (NC, SC) SC131 (843) 367-7557
Natu Patel Director-At-Large SC138 (803) 230-4900
Kushal (Kevin) Naik Director-At-Large OK205 (918) 360-1941
Hasmukh (Hasu) Patel Past President MO051 (816) 665-8431
Louis Smith Executive Director (301) 580-1905

Regional Directors

Nilesh Sutaria Region 1 Director (FL) FLA75 904.962.9394
Manish Desai Region 2 Director (AL, GA, MS) AL168 334.444.5414
Ashok Patel Region 3 Director (NC, SC) SC131 843.367.7557
Purnima Patel Region 4 Director (VA, WV) VA220 757.647.0440
Mahendra Patel Region 5 Director (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA) NJ060 609.240.5014
Julie Stone Region 6 DIrector (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT) NY143 585.599.4681
Pradip (Peter) Patel Region 7 Director (KY, TN) KY223 270.847.1297
Amrish Patel Region 8 Director (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) IL318 618.979.6300
Katen Patel Director 9 (ID, MT, OR, WA) OR183 503.504.5566
Aroon Patel Region 10 Director (AR, LA, OK, TX) TX261 936.499.5886
Missing Attachment
Vacant Region 11 Director (CO, NM, UT, WY) Please contact Advisory Board Member Kevin Naik
Mahendra (Mike) Patel Region 12 Director (AZ, CA, NV) CA326 909.529.1174
Don Neuharth Region 13 Director (IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD) MO135 573.216.7590

Past Presidents

Thank you for your service to ELFA

Franklin R. Young 1975-1979
A. Lewis Allen 1979-1981
Robert T. Windham 1983-1985
L. Wallace Sink 1985-1986
Robert C. Wilcox 1986-1988
Ravi C. Patel 1988-1990
A. Lewis Allen 1990-1992
Nancy J. Money 1992-1994
Ashvin Padhya 1994-1996
Jerry Baxley 1996-1998
Asvin Patel 1998-2000
Anil Chagan 2000-2003
Michael Allen 2003-2005
Sandhya Patel 2005-2006
Leonard Richardson 2006-2007
Mahendra Patel 2007-2009
Natu Patel 2009-2011
Mahendra Patel 2011-2013
Hasmukh (Hasu) Patel 2013-2015