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.

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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.

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Board Members

Ashok (Pete) Patel President

SC131 (843) 367-7557 petesc131@yahoo.com

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Katen Patel Vice President

OR183 (503) 504-5566 katenpatel@aol.com

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Mahendra (MZ) Patel Treasurer

NJ060 (609) 240-5014 mzpatel329@gmail.com

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Don Neuharth Secretary

MO135 (573) 216-7590 donnor@reagan.com

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Manish Desai Immediate Past President

AL168(334) 444-5414 manishal168@yahoo.com

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Julie Stone Executive Board Member

NY143 585.599.4681econodl@gmail.com

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Aroon Patel Executive Board

TX261 936.499.5886 aroon.jasu@gmail.com

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Mike (Riverside) Patel Executive Board

CA326 909.529.1174 mikeriverside@live.com

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Louis Smith Executive Director

(301) 580-1905 lsmith.elfa@gmail.com

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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

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Natu Patel Region 3 Director

(NC, SC) SC553 803.230.4900 bestholiday@hotmail.com

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Purnima Patel Region 4 Director

(VA, WV) VA220 757.647.0440purnimaypatel@yahoo.com

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Mahendra Patel Region 5 Director (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA)

NJ060 609.240.5014mzpatel329@gmail.com

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Julie Stone Region 6 Director (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT)

NY143 585.599.4681 econodl@gmail.com

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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)

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Katen Patel Director 9 (ID, MT, OR, WA)

OR183 503.504.5566katenpatel@aol.com

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Aroon Patel Region 10 Director (AR, LA, OK, TX)

TX261 936.499.5886 aroon.jasu@gmail.com

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Vacant Region 11 Director (CO, NM, UT, WY)

Please contact Advisory Board Member

Natu Patel(803) 230-4900 bestholiday@hotmail.com

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Mahendra (Mike) Patel Region 12 Director (AZ, CA, NV)

CA326 909.529.1174 mikeriverside@live.com

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Don Neuharth Region 13 Director (IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD)

MO135573.216.7590 donnor@reagan.com

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Past Presidents

Thank you for your service to ELFA

Franklin R. Young 1975-1979A. Lewis Allen 1979-1981Robert T. Windham1983-1985
L. Wallace Sink 1985-1986Robert C. Wilcox 1986-1988Ravi C. Patel 1988-1990
A. Lewis Allen 1990-1992Nancy J. Money 1992-1994Ashvin Padhya 1994-1996
Jerry Baxley 1996-1998Asvin Patel 1998-2000Anil Chagan 2000-2003
Michael Allen 2003-2005Sandhya Patel 2005-2006Leonard Richardson2006-2007
Mahendra Patel 2007-2009Natu Patel 2009-2011Mahendra Patel 2011-2013
Hasmukh (Hasu) Patel2013-2015Katen Patel 2015-2017Manish Desai 2017 – 2019