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

Ashok (Pete) Patel President SC131 (843) 367-7557 petesc131@yahoo.com
Katen Patel Vice President OR183 (503) 504-5566 katenpatel@aol.com
Mahendra (MZ) Patel Treasurer NJ060 (609) 240-5014 mzpatel329@gmail.com
Don Neuharth Secretary MO135 (573) 216-7590 donnor@reagan.com
Manish Desai Immediate Past President AL168(334) 444-5414 manishal168@yahoo.com Julie Stone Executive Board Member NY143 585.599.4681econodl@gmail.com
Aroon Patel Executive Board TX261 936.499.5886 aroon.jasu@gmail.com
Mike (Riverside) Patel Executive Board CA326 909.529.1174 mikeriverside@live.com
Louis Smith Executive Director (301) 580-1905 lsmith.elfa@gmail.com

Regional Directors

Chirag Sagar Region 1 Director (FL)FLD58 248.227.2364 chiragsagar2@gmail.com
Manish Desai Region 2 Director (AL, GA, MS) AL168 334.444.5414 manishal168@yahoo.com
Natu Patel Region 3 Director (NC, SC) SC553 803.230.4900 bestholiday@hotmail.com
Purnima Patel Region 4 Director (VA, WV) VA220 757.647.0440purnimaypatel@yahoo.com
Mahendra Patel Region 5 Director (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA) NJ060 609.240.5014mzpatel329@gmail.com
Julie Stone Region 6 Director (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT) NY143 585.599.4681 econodl@gmail.com
Pradip (Peter) Patel Region 7 Director (KY, TN) KY223 270.847.1297 Peter_Patel@elfa.org Vacant Region 8 Director (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
Katen Patel Director 9 (ID, MT, OR, WA) OR183 503.504.5566katenpatel@aol.com
Aroon Patel Region 10 Director (AR, LA, OK, TX) TX261 936.499.5886 aroon.jasu@gmail.com Vacant Region 11 Director (CO, NM, UT, WY) Please contact Advisory Board Member Natu Patel(803) 230-4900 bestholiday@hotmail.com
Mahendra (Mike) Patel Region 12 Director (AZ, CA, NV) CA326 909.529.1174 mikeriverside@live.com
Don Neuharth Region 13 Director (IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD) MO135573.216.7590 donnor@reagan.com

Past Presidents

Thank you for your service to ELFA

Franklin R. Young 1975-1979 A. Lewis Allen 1979-1981 Robert T. Windham1983-1985
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 Richardson2006-2007
Mahendra Patel 2007-2009 Natu Patel 2009-2011 Mahendra Patel 2011-2013
Hasmukh (Hasu) Patel2013-2015 Katen Patel 2015-2017 Manish Desai 2017 – 2019