Jerry works with the leadership team in developing and maintaining operating procedures and
standards as well as creating and implementing training programs for property level team members.
Jerry has held various management positions including General Manager, Regional Director of Operations, Regional Vice President of Operations, Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of Operations with multiple national brands. He specializes in the training and development of management personnel, revenue optimization, expense control, HR and risk management. In addition to identifying and implementing operating efficiencies, Jerry advises on the feasibility of hotel acquisitions and new market development opportunities.
Jerry and his wife live on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA. They love traveling and spending time with family and friends on the lake. Jerry enjoys playing golf and practicing his skills as a guitarist in his lifelong passion as a musician.
Hugh brings more than 25 years of hospitality leadership experience to our company. He has management experience with multiple brands, independent boutique inns, and four-star B&Bs. His long track record with portfolio management began in 1994. He has served in many capacities: new construction and design, managing distressed assets, rebranding, project management, and startup organization. Hugh’s strength in talent development has served the successful careers of many leaders in portfolios he has managed throughout the Southeast and Midwest. He has deep roots as a proud native of Savannah and enjoys the local lifestyle and character of the area. He graduated from Armstrong State University with a BA in history with a focus in education. There he met his wife, Laura with whom he has three children. Last year Hugh was recognized as Historic Savannah Foundation’s volunteer of the year. He currently serves as a docent at the Davenport House Museum, and he also enjoys researching and writing about Savannah history.
Angie Neal, Business Manager for Ideal Hospitality Investments is responsible for the day-to-day financial operations, payroll operations, and reporting of all of the hotels in the portfolio. Angie joined Ideal Hospitality in 2014. Prior to coming to the corporate office, Angie worked at one of the managed properties for 4 years as the General Manager. She has over a decade of customer service and management expertise. Angie and her husband Michaele are the proud parents of two children – Naki and Nakyla. Her favorite pastime is catching some wind on her motorcycle.
Bharat Patel, CEO - is the foundation and platform of Ideal Hospitality Investments. Bharat received a Master Degree in Geology from Gujarat University back in the early 80s. After moving to United States, he gained over 20 years of hospitality experience after purchasing his first asset in the suburbs of Savannah, GA in 1997. His vast knowledge in operations and asset management helps support the backbone of Ideal Hospitality Investments.
Mehul Patel, COO and President – Founder of Ideal Hospitality Investments. Mehul received his BBA in Hospitality w/ a minors in Economics from Georgia State University. With a vision to grow and to build on the footsteps of his father, Mehul oversees on new development, acquisition and operations of the management of company.
Deborah Wasdin has been a Certified Public Accountant in private practice for 27+ years. She focuses
on small to medium-sized businesses, including the hospitality, retail, and service industries, and
individuals. She has experience in the acquisition and disposition of various types of properties
and businesses, as well as the tax consequences to individuals and entities that result.
Deborah earned a degree in accounting from Georgia Southern University and is licensed as a CPA in the State of Georgia.
Deborah helped her husband pitch, write, and extensively edit 2 books, one of which was a NYT best-seller. Since 2008, she has been a Board member and served as Co-Chair and VP/Treasurer of Wayne County Protective Agency, Inc., a women’s shelter in Jesup, GA. She is credited with helping transition a failing shelter into one that is used as a model shelter in the State of GA today. She has also served on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of the Altamaha Area where she focused on fundraising and growth.
When she is not working, Deborah enjoys travelling and golfing with her husband, Howard, and enjoying time with her three children and five grand-children.
With over 20 years experience in hotel sales and marketing, Marianne began her hotel career in
Atlanta, at Holiday Inn Worldwide Sales as a Sales Coordinator;
after graduating from the Atlanta School of Fashion & Design, majoring in fashion merchandising and
Having spent several years in the southeast, from Atlanta to Key West, working with the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, The Continental Companies, Sheraton, Wyndham & Hilton as well as the Perdido Beach Resort and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Marianne’s sales experience encompasses multiple hotel industry aspects, including full service, downtown convention hotels, airport hotels, 4 star/4 diamond beach resorts, historic district hotels, focus feature, pre-opening and renovation projects.
Katie joined the Ideal Hospitality Corporate Team in 2019. Prior to joining the office team she was the General Manager of an Ideal Hospitality hotel in the greater Savannah area. She has been with the company is various roles for over 11 years, working her way up from breakfast host to a General Manager. Katie brings an operations expertise to the office and in her role supporting the company hotels on a daily basis with the administration of payroll and benefits. When not working Katie spends her time with her family doing numerous outdoor adventures and activities.