Author Bio
HNN columnist

Shreyas “JR” Patel is the Founder, President, and Chief Operating Officer of Helix Hospitality, a multi-faceted, Chicago-based hospitality company with services including hotel investment, ownership, management and construction/renovation. Patel’s innovative leadership swiftly expanded the company portfolio to include 11 properties and 300 employees in under 10 years, and directly influenced the investment portfolio growth from under $1M to over $100M. His success earned him a spot in Crain’s 2019 Chicago Notable Entrepreneurs list, which profiles entrepreneurs who have influenced and made significant impact within the Chicago business community.

A DePaul University graduate, Patel also serves as a board member for the DePaul University School of Hospitality Leadership, co-chairs the Academic Program sub-committee to further develop DePaul’s Hospitality program, is a regular contributor to trade publications, and is a lifetime member of AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association).