Team Bios


Our well-rounded team represents eight diffe
rent countries with a variety of skills and languages, which enables us to craft solutions uniquely tailored to the needs of our valued partners.

Owners:

Girish Patel
CEO & Principal
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Girish Patel
CEO & Principal
Girish Patel is the Chief Executive Officer of NewGen Advisory focusing primarily on US Projects and Corporate Operations. Girish is also co-founder of NewGen Worldwide, a diversified holding company specializing in the development, operations and brokerage of commercial real estate properties. The company currently owns and manages dozens of properties, including multiple hotels.
Since 1982, Girish has gained firsthand experience in the hospitality industry; eventually leveraging his operational expertise to become Vice President of Development of B.C.A. Hospitality, constructing hundreds of limited service properties located across the nation. Girish is an active leader in the industry, and has served on committees and boards of prominent industry organizations such as the Asian American Hotel Owner’s Association, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Independent Association of Holiday Inns, and has most recently created the R.C. Patel Memorial Scholarship for under-sponsored students seeking a career in Hospitality.
Dinesh (Dan) Rama
Principal
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Dinesh (Dan) Rama
Principal
Dinesh (Dan) S. Rama is the managing partner of NewGen Advisory. Dinesh has had a career in the hospitality industry as a hotel operator and owner beginning in 1994 after pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arizona. Throughout Dan’s career, he has been involved with the disposition of over $600 Million of hospitality assets. He has brokered and advised clients on acquiring, merging, and divesting of hospitality assets throughout the United States. Dan also is a licensed Arizona Real Estate Broker and a member of the Arizona Board of Realtors.

Dan is also the co-founder of NewGen Worldwide, a diversified holding company specializing in the development, operations and brokerage of commercial real estate properties. The company currently owns and manages dozens of properties, including multiple hotels.

Dan is a member and former Southwest Regional Director of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), the largest hospitality owner’s association in the United States and is also a member of Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association. He is also a franchisee of Red Brick Pizza, Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn, and Comfort Suites and he maintains General Manager Certifications from Holiday Inns, Motel 6 and Days Inns. Between 2000 through 2007, Dan was under the guidance of Robert Fitzgerald, former Chief Operating Officer of Best Western International and Sam Apostle, former President of Ramada Hotels in advising clients on acquiring and divesting hospitality assets throughout the United States.

Kyle Walker
Principal
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Kyle Walker
Principal
Kyle Walker is a Founder and Managing Partner of NewGen Advisory, Green Card Fund, LLC and NewGen Worldwide. As Managing Partner, Mr. Walker’s primary focus is on EB-5 Industry Relations, USCIS compliance and International Distribution Channels. Spending much of his time on a plane, Mr. Walker has built distribution channels for Green Card Fund in China, India, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Kyle earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University with a focus in Business and Urban Planning. Mr. Walker is also involved with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s (GPEC) International Leadership Council, was a founding member of the China Arizona Alliance and serves as Chair on the Membership Committee of Invest in USA (IIUSA, EB-5 trade association).

Associates:

Ryan J. Bodine
Associate
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Ryan J. Bodine
Associate
Ryan Bodine’s primary focus is on identifying investment opportunities for NewGen’s domestic and international partners as well as the discovery of new business opportunities across all of NewGen’s platforms. He is a member of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, Urban Land Institute, Arizona Association of Economic Development, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Global Shapers Phoenix HUB Community.

Prior to NewGen, Ryan owned an international promotional product company and worked as an Executive Consultant for an education reform organization.

Ryan attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Roehampton University in London, and finished his education at Arizona State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the School of Politics and Global Studies.

Sudhir "Sid" Tewari
Designated Broker- CA
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Sudhir "Sid" Tewari
Designated Broker- CA
Sudhir’s foundation is as a hotelier, working in many positions, from front desk to general manager to ownership. He is very hardworking, honest, and knowledgeable which are traits that are necessary in this field. His experience, knowledge, and connections in the hospitality industry combined with the support and branding of NewGen Advisory, is definitely a winning combination. On a more general level, he brings a broad array of skills that you can have confidence in with a candidate that will represent you and your interest. Sudhir is well spoken, energetic, confident, and personable, the type of person whom you will rely on and trust. Sudhir also has a wide breadth of experience, the type that gives him the versatility to be placed in a number of contexts with your confidence that the level of excellence you expect, will be met. Focusing on business imperatives is a core value of Sudhir’s, one that he will bring to every project on which he works.

Sudhir has recently joined NewGen Advisory as a Principle and the Broker of Record for the newly opened California office after spending 8 years working with Marcus and Millichap’s National Hospitality Group in Newport Beach, CA. While at his position with Marcus and Millichap he has advised and facilitated a number transactions ranging from Hospitality, Resort, Lodging, Note Sales, Short Sales, and REO’s. He brings a wide variety of knowledge and experience to every transaction he is involved in.

Bharat Patel Vakil
Designated Broker - TX
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Bharat Patel Vakil
Designated Broker - TX
Bharat’s professional & business carrier spans over 30 years in the fields of Law, Hospitality Real Estate Advisory Services, Hotel Development Services and Hospitality Insurance.
Bharat has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Bachelor’s Degree in Law (General) and Post Graduate Degree in Law (Special) from VNSG University, Gujarat, India and admitted To Bar to practice Law in Gujarat, India. Bharat is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and Licensed General Lines Insurance Agent in State of Texas.
He is Founder & Principal of BSG Hotels Limited, a Hospitality Real Estate Advisory Services & Hotel Development firm based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. He is founder & Principal of InnSure, a dedicated Hospitality Insurance Agency based in Dallas/FT. Worth, Texas.
In last 25 years, He has successfully negotiated numerous Hospitality Brokerage transactions of full, limited and select service Hotels. As a developer, He has developed many Select & Limited Service and several Extended Stay Hotels on turn key basis throughout United States.

Operations:

Suraj Bhakta
Chief Legal Officer
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Suraj Bhakta
Chief Legal Officer
Suraj Bhakta brings nearly 15 years of legal experience in commercial real estate development to NewGen Advisory. Suraj’s leadership roles include management and oversight of all legal aspects dealing with acquisitions, corporate structuring, feasibility, contracts, compliance, sales transactions, real estate and property development, equity and debt financing, construction development, and leasing. Suraj’s focus remains steadfast on ensuring that NewGen experiences strong and sustainable growth while limiting liabilities and undue risk.
Prior to joining NewGen Advisory, Suraj was managing partner of Bhakta & Associates, PLLC where here represented a wide variety of business client as a part of a full-service law firm. He is a native of Ohio where he grew up in the greater Cincinnati area, graduated in 1999 from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and earned his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in 2002.
Tom Walker
Field Supervisor
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Tom Walker
Field Supervisor
Tom Walker received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Illinois State University. He is a third generation construction professional with over four decades of experience. With experience across multiple real estate types and all phases of construction Mr. Walker understands how to move a project forward on schedule and within budget.
As Field Supervisor, Tom is tasked with monitoring construction activities for NewGen, serving as a liaison between General Contractor and our leadership.
Mike Carroll
Chief Operating Officer
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Mike Carroll
Chief Operating Officer
Mike Carroll is responsible for global operations and corporate/government affairs for NewGen Advisory. He serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Association Building Committee for Invest in the USA (IIUSA) the EB-5 industry trade organization.
Previously, Mike has held international business development, sales, and senior management positions with major multinational organizations such as British Telecom, Motorola, Iridium and T-Mobile. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Business Attraction for the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the State of Arizona’s economic development entity.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Management from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, and a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) with an emphasis in International Trade from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Mike lives in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife and two boys and their beloved Goldendoodle, Snax. In his private time, he coaches youth sports and enjoys traveling with his family.
Elaine Pan
Executive Assistant to Kyle Walker
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Elaine Pan
Executive Assistant to Kyle Walker
Elaine Pan’s extensive experience in international business, education, and language capabilities makes her a key contributor to the NewGen Advisory team. Previously she has served as a senior flight attendant for China Eastern Airlines on routes to Europe and North America. Leveraging her leadership and management skills she then went on to become a project manager for Shanghai Yongxin Construction Engineering Company. Later she worked in the executive offices of Shanghai Huaqiao Exit and Entry Services, Co. as assistant to the president and then as an immigration consultant for Shanghai Huazhi Exit and Entry Services, Co.
Elaine has a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University and a Masters Degree in Air Transportation and Management with distinction from City University in London.
Michael Lepore
Chief Financial Officer
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Michael Lepore
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Lepore and his team manage the company’s day to day accounting as well as all budgeting, forecasting and financial modeling for NewGen Advisory.
Prior to joining NewGen Michael has had over 20 years of accounting, tax and operations management experience serving small to mid-sized businesses. He holds both a New York and Arizona State C.P.A. license. Having worked in both the public accounting as an Audit Manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and private accounting environment, and owning multiple business himself he has had the opportunity, through hands-on experience, to become proficient in a broad base of accounting and related management functions. Michael’s diverse background affords him the unique opportunity of utilizing the angles of both tax and business strategies when analyzing work product.
In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Arizona State Society of Certified Public Accountants and Arizona State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Michael is of Italian origin, lives in Phoenix with his wife and three children.
He coaches Ice Hockey and loves cooking Italian Food.
Simone Francisco
Executive Assistant to Girish Patel
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Simone Francisco
Executive Assistant to Girish Patel
Simone Francisco is NewGen’s Executive Assistant to the CEO and a key participant in the operations and facilities management team.
Previously, Simone served as a Senior Administrative Assistant at Samsung Electronics America – Home Appliance department.
She earned an Associates degree of Applied Science in International Business from LaGuardia Community College in Long Island, NY.