LOS ANGELES—Hasmukh P. “H.P.” Rama, chairman of the board and CEO of JHM Hotels, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), which will take place January 25-27, 2016, here. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the hospitality industry over his or her lifetime through his or her actions, deeds and great accomplishments.
Rama was born in Africa, raised in India, and came to the U.S. to pursue his MBA from Xavier University with only two dollars to his name. He has been surrounded by the hotel industry his entire life—from washing dishes to leading the largest hotel association in the world.
At JHM Hotels, what began as a single 40-room motel in Pomona, CA, in 1973, has grown to be among the top 50 hotel management companies in the U.S. JHM employs more than 1700 associates and currently owns and operates 40 hotels, representing franchises with more than 7,000 rooms in six states. Additionally, JHM owns and operates a five-star hotel in Surat, India.
In addition to his work as a hotelier, Rama is known for his community involvement and philanthropy in the U.S. and India. Each year, JHM Hotels donates to more than 40 charities in communities where it has hotels. In 1998, the company established The Rama Scholarship for the American Dream, which has benefited more than 350 students pursuing careers in hospitality management and, in August 2011, opened AURO University in Gujarat, India. In addition, the Ramas have focused on improving communities in India by adopting a village, building a primary school, installing a water purification plant, developing a children’s park and supporting an eye hospital.
Rama is also a founding chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and past chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA).
“H.P.’s story truly embodies the epitome of our industry—a story of hard work, achievements and success. An immigrant from India, his story paints the picture of how endless possibilities and opportunities can lead to achieving the American dream,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of the AH&LA. “Coupled with his foresight and effortless leadership skills, H.P.’s passion and diligence led him to where he is today, the chairman and CEO of one of the top management companies in the industry. As a former chair of AH&LA and founding member and chair of AAHOA, there is no one who deserves this award more than H.P. On behalf of the entire industry, we congratulate H.P. on his countless achievements.”
“H.P. is a true visionary and highly respected among his peers around the world,” said Jim Burba, president of BHN and chair of ALIS. “He not only built a very successful company, but also strengthened the hotel industry with his tireless efforts in supporting the industry’s leading trade associations. His outstanding leadership in improving communities and educating future leaders both in the U.S. and India continues to remind all of us of the positive impact we can make. It is truly an honor to be presenting the ALIS Lifetime Achievement Award to H.P. Rama.”