OUR TEAM

The Experts at Everwood Hospitality Partners

Get to know the visionary team behind Everwood Hospitality Partners.

THE TEAM

Amit Govin
Amit Govin

Principal

226 5th Avenue
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001

Office: 212-725-0357
Fax: 917-677-8385

Amit Govin has extensive experience in asset valuations and identifying unique hospitality markets for investment. At EHP, Amit is responsible for identifying acquisitions, investment analysis, and financing.

Before founding EHP, Amit worked at UBS Investment Bank in New York City, advising institutional clients on IPO and secondary market transactions. After leaving UBS, Amit helped build his small $3 million family business into an enterprise that has owned and managed over $210 million in hotel assets.

Amit graduated cum laude with a dual major in economics and finance from Tulane University, and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School with a concentration in real estate and finance.

Amit Patel
Amit Patel

Principal

4020 Goeller Boulevard
Suite G
Columbus, IN 47201

Office: 212-725-0357 ext. 3
Fax: 877-845-6676

Amit has expertise in all aspects of hotel operations, development, and asset management. At EHP, Amit focuses on identifying acquisitions, property development/redevelopment, and asset management.

Since 2012, he has focused on debt and equity placement within the hospitality industry. Amit has personally been involved in over $200 million of transactions, which include hotel assets within the Marriott, Hilton, La Quinta, Choice, and Wyndham franchises.

Amit received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Indiana University with a focus in finance and real estate.

Alan Smith
Alan Smith, CHA

Director, Asset Management

Alan Smith began his carrier in hospitality by working night audit while attending college. He worked his way up at the operational level at various branded hotel chains including Hilton and IHG earning numerous awards for excellence. Alan’s team works with property level managers on a daily basis to achieve performance benchmarks set for each property. He has an extensive track record of bringing distressed hotels to award winning operational status. Alan completed his education at Mississippi State University in business management. He also holds a CHA and revenue management certifications.

Amy Moses
Amy Moses

Area Director

Amy Moses comes to Everwood Hospitality with over 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry leveraging her expertise in operations, sales, and marketing. Amy works with property level sales teams to help them reach their revenue goals. She also coordinates training and identifies new business opportunities at corporate. Amy’s role is also to maximize overall profitability of our hotels by providing operational guidance, human resource support, and directing intra hotel interaction among our GMs and property associates.





BOARD OF ADVISORS

Mike Hines
Mike Hines

Chairman/CEO, HP Hotels

Phone: 205-281-0274
mhines@hp-hotels.com

Mike Hines founded HP Hotels in 2002 with the vision of creating a hotel management company that provides more than just management. He says, “I wanted to build a company committed to the development of successful, long-term relationships.” Over the course of the last decade, Hines has emerged as an industry leader and trusted advisor.

Hines’ advisory roles have included being on the Hilton Garden Inn Owner’s Advisory Counsel as well as serving as a consultant and panelist to the annual Barclay’s International Hospitality Forum, Hunter Investment Conference, and Midwest Lodging Conference. He is also a proud supporter of the Latino Hotel and Restaurant Association.

Through these diverse roles, Hines provides unique perspectives on today’s business environment from negotiating management contracts to securing debt to hiring staff, while most importantly ensuring the success of HP Hotels and its clients.

With over 25 years of hospitality business experience, Hines has advised through the development or opening of 18 hotels and consulted on scores of other investments through concept, management and divestment. Mike is an avid golfer and enjoys collecting wine.

Dr. Dipesh Sitaram
Dr. Dipesh Sitaram

Co-Founder
AGS Private Equity

Phone: 317-506-8350
dipeshsitaram@gmail.com

Dipesh is an accomplished entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science in cellular molecular biology and business management at Tulane University, he continued his education at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. After earning his dental degree, he immediately opened a private dental practice in Indianapolis. He later opened Dental Solutions of Columbus, another successful practice that has since expanded to include an oral surgery and implant center, temporomandibular dysfunction (TMJD) clinic, orthodontics clinic, orthopedics clinic, and myofunctional therapy office.

As his dental businesses continued to grow, he began purchasing anemic and unprofitable mid-size practices and completing their turnarounds. During this time, he also continued pursuing his passion in real estate, primarily within the hospitality sector, with his long-time friend and business partner, Amit Patel.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities at the dental companies, Dipesh is an active private equity investor and helps manage a portfolio of assets through AGS Private Equity, a private real estate investment firm founded by Amit and Dipesh in 2012. The primary vision for AGS was to seek out debt and preferred equity investment opportunities within Amit and Dipesh’s collective fields of expertise. Since the company’s founding, they have leveraged their strategic relationships to identify exclusive hospitality opportunities valued at over $300MM and have yielded consistently high returns for themselves and their capital partners.

Privately, Dipesh stays active promoting childhood education in impoverished parts of India through building new schools. He and his wife, Komal, love spending time together with their children, traveling, and cooking.

Luigi Major
Luigi Major

Managing Director, HVS

Phone: 214-629-1135
lmajor@hvs.com

Luigi Major, MAI, oversees HVS’s Southern California practice and is based in Los Angeles. Since 2007, Luigi has worked on consulting assignments for more than 1,000 hotels and resorts throughout the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean, including several large-scale, international hotel portfolios and mixed-use developments. He has experience with all hotel asset classes and specializes in proposed developments. His work has helped build hotels, secure loans for hotel renovations and transactions, and guide plans for a wide variety of hotel ventures. His conclusions have held up under scrutiny, and many of his recommendations have come to fruition, attesting to Luigi’s standards for objectivity, organization, and analysis.

Luigi graduated from the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. He joined the HVS Dallas office in 2007 and worked jointly with the HVS Mexico City office on hotel and resort projects throughout Mexico and Latin America before transitioning to open the HVS Houston office in 2012. In 2018, Luigi relocated to Los Angeles to oversee the firm’s Southern California practice. In addition, Luigi has authored numerous articles on the performance trends and dynamics of hotel markets in which he has worked. As a Designated Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) and a state-certified general appraiser, Luigi focuses on consulting, valuation, advisory work, and financing for existing and proposed hotels.

Minal Patel
Minal Patel

Managing Director, Capital One

Minal has over 15 years of banking experience in corporate finance and capital markets. Prior to Capital One, she was a director at Citizens Bank and Jefferies & Company, focusing on leveraged finance, and consumer and retail investment banking. She has also held positions with Babson Capital and Wachovia Securities.

Minal received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her MBA at The University of North Carolina Kenan–Flagler Business School. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter and enjoys performing improv theater in her free time.

Sanjay Rama
Sanjay Rama

Co-Founder, Sarona Holdings

Phone: 646-741-9400
srr@saronaholdings.com

Sanjay is the co-founder of Sarona Holdings, which represents a group of companies founded by the Rama brothers. Through their work with established brands and partners, they have built and invested in a portfolio of businesses that has endured over multiple generations. Each one of their companies is built on their core values of integrity, reliability, balance, and social and corporate responsibility. Sanjay is responsible for implementing and managing Sarona’s investment goals.

Prior to Sarona, Sanjay spent six years at JHM Hotels, his family’s company which owned and operated over 40 national hotels. At JHM, he underwrote hotel acquisition opportunities, disposed of non-strategic assets, and restructured over 50% of the portfolio.

Sanjay also previously served an associate in the transaction real estate division of Ernst & Young’s Manhattan office where he performed feasibility studies, prepared annual real estate fund reports, and assessed bankruptcy risk for clients.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Babson College where he majored in accounting and minored in entrepreneurship and statistics. He is also a CPA (inactive) licensed in the state of Virginia and the recipient of the Alison Carol Award for Global Leadership.

In his spare time, Sanjay is a mentor at two start-up accelerators and enjoys spending time with his two children.