The foundation for Rip Patel’s interest in hotel franchise development was laid in his teen years. Patel, appointed in January as G6 Hospitality’s vice
president for franchise development, shares that story in this month’s Leadership Series.

When he was almost 16 years old, Patel and his family were developing their first franchise hotel, a Holiday Inn Express. As part of the process, they had to
undergo an inspection by the franchise representative.

“I just remember being so nervous and all the family being nervous. This was kind of a make it or break it for us,” Patel said. “He came in and just went through
everything while we’re just sweating, and everything worked out. I always remembered and appreciated that particular meeting, and I thought that’s something that
I definitely want to do in the future.”

That future is now, and Patel has definite goals for his new position.