My motto for success in any business is to work with everyone’s best interest at heart whether this is a customer, partner or employee – Vijay Patel
Vijay Patel is the driving force behind Dhruv Management’s phenomenal growth. Entrepreneur at an early age with a keen eye for recognizing opportunities, he launched his entrepreneurial journey in USA by purchasing his very first gas station in Saint Petersburg, Florida. From those humble beginnings, he grew to a portfolio of over 100 gas stations and a successful wholesale petroleum marketing and distributorship. Today, his diversified hospitality portfolio includes franchise hotels, independent hotels, boutique properties, prime residential and commercial real estate and residential and commercial properties.
Dhruv Management has proven its execution strategy and commitment to growth in the hospitality industry by bring together a portfolio of hotels including franchise properties of Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Fairfield Inn, Wingate, Best Western, Springhill Suites, Country Inn & Suites as well as Motel 6 and Studio 6 budget brands. We are continuously adding to our portfolio and partnering with many of the biggest brands in the industry.
In addition to leading Dhruv Management organization and its subsidiaries, Vijay has always made giving back to the community a cornerstone of his approach to life. Volunteering his time and resources for numerous local and national charities is just one such example. He has organized very successful fundraising drives for many of the charitable organizations he is a member. Scope of his generosity expands internationally including sustained contributions towards improving standard of living for those who are less fortunate in his native India. Vijay is a great mentor and inspires others to reach their full potential in business and personal life.
Vijay holds a Civil Engineering degree and is married with two sons.
Hitesh has been working with Vijay Patel’s companies for over 15 years. He has an extensive background in business ownership and financial management. Hitesh works at every level of the organization providing strategic operational focus in Dhruv’s growth initiatives and hotel developments
Hitesh holds a degree in Finance from Gujarat University.
As CFO, Utkarsh is responsible for financial oversight and compliance. He is also heavily involved in the due diligence process to make sure that investments are both sound and robust. Utkarsh advises on and implements technology solutions which enhance efficiency and productivity. Prior to joining the company, he was in the public accounting sector where he worked with clients with over $100 million in revenue. He is a certified CPA in the state of Florida and holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of South Florida. He is a volunteer youth leader who helps to guide youth on the right path.
Al Alsina has garnered over 27 years of experience in the hotel/hospitality industry. Al began his career in hospitality with Marriott full-service resorts as a grounds-keeper, attending to the golf courses in 1989 working his way up to food and beverage management while attending college. Mr. Alsina has had the privilege within his time with Marriott International to manage and work with many brands from fullservice hotels and resorts to limited-service hotels. Mr. Alsina was also a Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for 5 years under Wyndham and Hilton brands. His primary duties are to assist the hotels in their overall operations and sales efforts and in increasing Dhruv Management’s goals for growth. He also manages overall regional financial operations and is engaged in formulating growth plans to help boost market share.
Steven DiSarro has been in the finance and commercial banking industries for over 20 years. Currently, Steve is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for Dhruv Development and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for DM Funding (hard money lender). As CIO for Dhruv Management, Steve identifies & evaluates potential investments, manages the closing process, and monitors the portfolio of investments under management. As CEO of DM Funding, Steve manages all aspects of the company including deal sourcing, underwriting, closing, portfolio management, and investor relations.
Before joining Dhruv Management, Steve spent 17 years working in the commercial banking division of several banks in Florida. Primarily as a commercial lending officer, but also served as credit analyst, credit underwriting manager, risk management officer, and chief credit officer. Prior to that, Steve work as a Customer Profitability Analyst and Expense Analyst in the personal computer division at IBM.
Steve earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Western Connecticut State University and has completed the RMA School of Commercial Banking and Moody’s formal credit training curriculum. Steve has also completed and taught a wide variety of commercial lending, underwriting, and management courses over his career.