Duke Hospitality
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Who We Are

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

History

Duke Hospitality is a rapidly growing hospitality company focused on maximizing investment through development and management services.

Founded in 2005 by Chief Executive Officer Dino Patel, the company maintains a wide-ranging portfolio of hotel management projects and continues to expand and bring new properties into the family. Duke Hospitality defines a new industry standard and clients can see the difference. Investors receive premium returns, while guests of Duke properties consistently report top-quality hospitality experiences.

 

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We at Duke are always looking for new opportunities. Investment opportunities, management opportunities, and development opportunities come along often and we'd love to discover new partnerships. Further, we are always looking for new talent for our growing body of hotels and the corporate team.  Let us know if you're interested in coming on board with us!

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Our Team

Partners

 

Dino Patel, Chairman & CEO

Dino Patel is the Chairman and CEO of Duke Hospitality. In 1981, Patel arrived in the U.S. by way of London and dove into the growth and development of the southeastern hospitality industry. Duke Hospitality represents a culmination of Patel’s experience as well as his vision for a company that values strategic growth and a focus on customer and associate satisfaction. Patel serves the Duke family through vision-setting and strategic growth oversight.

 

Wesley Dowdy, President & COO

Wesley Dowdy oversees the day-to-day operations of Duke Hospitality, as well as all leadership and management decision-making. Dowdy is a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) with a background in hotel operations. He has served in management roles for franchises such as Hilton, Marriott and Holiday Inn and attended Luther Rice University. Dowdy’s extensive leadership experience and passion for reviving and repositioning under-performing hotels provides Duke clients with an invested leader and a vision for success.

 
 

Corporate Team

 
  Sunni Wells, VP - Finance    Sunni Wells serves as Duke Hospitality’s Vice President of Finance. After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in hospitality and tourism management, Wells jumped into the hotel industry as a front desk associate. Due to her drive and work ethic, Wells quickly rose through the ranks of hotel leadership and soon managed the financial arm of several full-service properties for Starwood Hotels.  In 2015, Wells was recruited by Duke Hospitality to lead the accounting department for all Duke Hospitality properties and assets. In 2016, she was promoted to Vice President of Finance.  With a growing portfolio, Wells' role is quickly focussing more on her finance expertise wherein she will serve a major role in the structuring and executing future development packages. She arrived at Duke Hospitality after achieving Six Sigma Green Belt status at another Atlanta property.

Sunni Wells

Vice President of Finance

Sunni Wells serves as Duke Hospitality’s Vice President of Finance. After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in hospitality and tourism management, Wells jumped into the hotel industry as a front desk associate. Due to her drive and work ethic, Wells quickly rose through the ranks of hotel leadership and soon managed the financial arm of several full-service properties for Starwood Hotels.  In 2015, Wells was recruited by Duke Hospitality to lead the accounting department for all Duke Hospitality properties and assets. In 2016, she was promoted to Vice President of Finance.  With a growing portfolio, Wells' role is quickly focussing more on her finance expertise wherein she will serve a major role in the structuring and executing future development packages. She arrived at Duke Hospitality after achieving Six Sigma Green Belt status at another Atlanta property.

 
  Jeff Miles - VP - Operations    Jeff Miles is the Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Duke Hospitality.    Miles has been in leadership roles within the hospitality industry for more than 22 years — 11 with Marriott. He joined Duke Hospitality in 2014 as the opening general manager of the organization’s first Courtyard by Marriott. Within a year, Miles grew into a leadership role within Duke Hospitality, overseeing revenue and assets for all of the company's investments and properties. Miles is directly responsible for leading revenue growth across brand and OTA platforms and serves as an integral part of the Duke Hospitality leadership team through his concrete understanding of the hospitality world.  Through a razor-focused approach to revenue management, Miles' efforts are concentrated on top line performance across Duke's markets.  HIs role in pre-development is often relied upon to gain a crucial understanding of potential growth opportunities in future markets through his expert analysis. He is a   graduate of Northern Iowa University. 

Jeff Miles

Vice President of Operations

Jeff Miles is the Vice President of Operations for Duke Hospitality.  Miles has been in leadership roles within the hospitality industry for more than 22 years — 11 with Marriott. He joined Duke Hospitality in 2014 as the opening general manager of the organization’s first Courtyard by Marriott. Within a year, Miles grew into a leadership role within Duke Hospitality, overseeing revenue and assets for all of the company's investments and properties. In this role, Miles was directly responsible for leading revenue growth across brand and OTA platforms and served as an integral part of the Duke Hospitality leadership team through his concrete understanding of the hospitality world.  In June of 2017, Miles was promoted to Vice President of Operations. Leaning on his years of experience and understanding the complexities of an ever-changing, ever-evolving industry, Miles uses his razor-focused approach to maintain Duke's steady course of top and bottom line revenue growth, exceed brand and Duke operational benchmarks, and manage a diverse group of General Managers and Sales Leaders. Miles is a graduate of Northern Iowa University. 

 
 
 

Jeremy Ruperto

PROJECT MANAGER

Jeremy Ruperto is the Project Manager for Duke Hospitality. After graduating from Bethune-Cookman University with a degree in Hospitality Management, he took an opportunity with Starwood Hotels to move from Florida to Atlanta. He soon joined Duke Hospitality as the Area Sales Manager. After spending time in sales, Ruperto was promoted to General Manager, leading Duke's best performing hotel before advancing into a Dual General Manager position.  Ruperto eventually led our company's sales department as Corporate Director of Sales. With a drive for sales growth found through his understanding of top-line revenue as a key component to running successful properties, Ruperto led Duke Hospitality through two years of increased sales performance. In April 2018, Ruperto took on a new role. Drawing on his knowledge, skills, and talents in the area of renovations and development, he oversees Duke's facilities administration, renovations, and development projects. As a valued member of the Duke Hospitality team, Jeremy continues to provide valuable insight into the sales and operational structure of Duke Hospitality regularly. 

 
  Tyler Collum, Corporate Director of Special Projects    Tyler Collum joined Duke Hospitality in 2015 as the Manager of Training and eCommerce. Collum was responsible for leading  culture development, managing internal communications, and designing and implementing the training strategy. In early 2016, he was promoted to Director of Special Projects. While he is still responsible for the cross-company integration of Duke Hospitality’s “Everyone Matters” cultural and driving the company’s brand story, his new role encompasses a wide range of projects.  From companywide initiatives to hotel-specific programs, from launching a restaurant concept to advising on policies and best practices, Collum spearheads efforts across many facets of Duke Hospitality that have no natural home in other departments. His work helps to increase collaboration and connect dots across departments and across the company.  Collum has years of experience across many hotel brands  as well as a background in operations in restaurants, hotels,  and non-profits.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville State University.

Tyler Collum

Corporate Director of HUMAN RESOURCES

Tyler Collum joined Duke Hospitality in 2015 as the Manager of Training and eCommerce. In early 2017, he was promoted to Director of Special Projects. While still responsible for the cross-company integration of Duke Hospitality’s “Everyone Matters” cultural and driving the company’s brand story, his role encompassed a wide range of projects across Duke's areas of practice. From company-wide initiatives to hotel-specific programs, Collum spearheaded efforts across many facets of Duke Hospitality. In August 2017, Collum accepted a promotion to Corporate Director of Human Resources, a position aligned perfectly with his strengths. In his CDHR role, Collum is responsible for leading the off-boarding from a PEO provider and the groud-up building of Duke Hospitality's HR Department, DukeHR.  Set to go fully live in January 2018, DukeHR is Duke's natural next step for a growing organization. While his responsibilities are numerous, his focus is on each of the HR functional areas as well as Duke Hospitality's coming non-profit organization. Collum has years of experience across many hotel brands  as well as a background in operations in restaurants, hotels, and non-profits.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville State University. 

 
 

Liz Westbrook, Assistant Director of Finance

LaBrista Garrison, Corporate Staff Accountant

Liliana Robles, Corporate Revenue Manager