Hasmukh P. (H.P.) Rama, CHA
Chairman of the Board / Chief Executive Officer

H.P. is the Founder of JHM Enterprises. He founded the business in 1973.
He obtained his MBA from Xavier University and now concentrates on strategic planning, finance and banking, and acquisitions and sales. The American Hotel and Motel Association has designated H.P. Rama as a Certified Hotel Administrator. He is the Founder and President of Auro University of Hospitality and Management in Surat, India.

Additionally, many honors have been awarded to Mr. H. P. Rama including:
  • “Lifetime Achievement Award” Awarded by The Americas Lodging Investment Summit
  • “Honorary Alumnus of the Year Award” Awarded by The School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association Michigan State University
  • “Outreach Award for Philanthropy Award” Awarded by Asian American Hotel Owners Association
  • “Visionary Award” Awarded by The Nashville Connection Heroes Salute
  • “Above and Beyond Humanitarian Award” Awarded by The Lodging Conference
  • “Excellence and Inspiration Award” Awarded by Hunter Hotel Investment Conference
  • “Pioneer Award” Awarded by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants
  • “International Business Person of the Year” Awarded by Columbia International Festival Committee
  • “Nelson B. Mullins Business Person of the Year – Nominee” Awarded by Greenville Magazine
  • “Arthur Landstreet Award”, AH&LA’s Highest Honor for his Contribution to Education
  • “Cutting Edge Award” Awarded by AH&LA in recognition of innovative leadership in the lodging industry
  • “Hospitality Leader of the Year” Awarded by the University of South Carolina, Greenville, SC
  • “Marriott Spirit to Serve” Award for outstanding achievement in community service
  • “Industry Person of the Year” Awarded by Michigan State University
  • “South Carolina Hotelier of the Year” Awarded by Hospitality Association of South Carolina
  • “Industry Service Award” presented by Hilton Corporation
  • Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration in Hospitality Management, honoris causa by Johnson & Wales University
  • South Carolina’s “Entrepreneur of the Year for Real Estate Services” Awarded by Ernst and Young
  • “Entrepreneurial Success Award” by the U.S. Small Business Administration in recognition of the entrepreneurial spirit
  • "Economy Lodging Person of the Year" Awarded by Economy Lodging Council of American Hotel & Motel Association
  • “Chairman’s Award” presented by Asian American Hotel Owners Association
  • AAHOA Oberoi Award for Excellence by the Asian American Hotel Owners Association
  • Paul Harris Fellow Award for Exceptional Service by Rotary International

He is the founding Chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and has served as Past Chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), which is the largest hotel association in the world.

He also has numerous professional affiliations:
  • President and Chancellor – Auro University
  • Past Chairman of the Board – American Hotel and Motel Association
  • Charter Chairman – Asian American Hotel Owners Association
  • Inducted into the Cornell Hotel School Society
  • Board of Advisors, Johnson & Wales University
  • Board of Advisors, New York University
  • Board of Advisors, University of Houston
  • Board of Advisors, California Polytechnic University
  • Board of Advisors, University of South Carolina
  • Board of Advisors, Furman University
  • Served on the Board of the Educational Institute of American Hotel and Motel Association
  • Member – Cultural Diversity Task Force of American Hotel and Motel Association
  • Member – Economy Lodging Council of American Hotel and Motel Association
  • Chairman of the AH&LA’s 1st Education Summit
  • Serves on the AH&LA Experience Lodging Task Force
  • Serves on the AH&LA Millennium Occupancy & Revenue Effort Task Force
  • Executive Professor in Residence, Cornell Hotel School (Graduate level)
  • Wise Professor at the University of Delaware
  • Conti Professor at Penn State University
  • Honorary Faculty Member at Michigan State University
  • Invited into the Society of International Business Fellows Annual Summit Vancouver British Columbia
  • Chairman – Board of Advisors – VST Financial, Inc.
  • Past President – Asian Indian Business Association
  • Past Chairman – Days Inns General Managers Advisory Committee
  • Past Member of Days Inns Franchise Advisory Committee