A new ELFA leadership board was elected in 2015 at the Choice Hotels International convention to serve the association for the next two years. ELFA’s Board and Regional Directors are fellow franchisees volunteering their time and energy to further the Econo Lodge brand. Connect with us to find out how you can become more involved.

Regional Directors

ELFA’s Regional Directors are a valuable resource for franchisees. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to yours with questions or concerns about your property.

Board Members

Ashok (Pete) Patel President

SC131 (843) 367-7557 petesc131@yahoo.com

Katen Patel Vice President

OR183 (503) 504-5566 katenpatel@aol.com

Mahendra (MZ) Patel Treasurer

NJ060 (609) 240-5014 mzpatel329@gmail.com

Don Neuharth Secretary

MO135 (573) 216-7590 donnor@reagan.com

Manish Desai Immediate Past President

AL168(334) 444-5414 manishal168@yahoo.com

Julie Stone Executive Board Member

NY143 585.599.4681econodl@gmail.com

Aroon Patel Executive Board

TX261 936.499.5886 aroon.jasu@gmail.com

Mike (Riverside) Patel Executive Board

CA326 909.529.1174 mikeriverside@live.com

Louis Smith Executive Director

(301) 580-1905 lsmith.elfa@gmail.com

Regional Directors

Chirag Sagar Region 1 Director (FL)FLD58

248.227.2364 chiragsagar2@gmail.com

Manish Desai Region 2 Director (AL, GA, MS)

AL168 334.444.5414 manishal168@yahoo.com

Natu Patel Region 3 Director

(NC, SC) SC553 803.230.4900 bestholiday@hotmail.com

Purnima Patel Region 4 Director

(VA, WV) VA220 757.647.0440purnimaypatel@yahoo.com

Mahendra Patel Region 5 Director (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA)

NJ060 609.240.5014mzpatel329@gmail.com

Julie Stone Region 6 Director (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT)

NY143 585.599.4681 econodl@gmail.com

Pradip (Peter) Patel Region 7 Director (KY, TN)

KY223 270.847.1297 Peter_Patel@elfa.org

Vacant Region 8 Director (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)

Katen Patel Director 9 (ID, MT, OR, WA)

OR183 503.504.5566katenpatel@aol.com

Aroon Patel Region 10 Director (AR, LA, OK, TX)

TX261 936.499.5886 aroon.jasu@gmail.com

Vacant Region 11 Director (CO, NM, UT, WY)

Please contact Advisory Board Member

Natu Patel(803) 230-4900 bestholiday@hotmail.com

Mahendra (Mike) Patel Region 12 Director (AZ, CA, NV)

CA326 909.529.1174 mikeriverside@live.com

Don Neuharth Region 13 Director (IA, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD)

MO135573.216.7590 donnor@reagan.com

Past Presidents

Thank you for your service to ELFA

Franklin R. Young 1975-1979 A. Lewis Allen 1979-1981 Robert T. Windham1983-1985
L. Wallace Sink 1985-1986 Robert C. Wilcox 1986-1988 Ravi C. Patel 1988-1990
A. Lewis Allen 1990-1992 Nancy J. Money
Ashvin Padhya
Jerry Baxley
Asvin Patel
Anil Chagan
Michael Allen
Sandhya Patel
Leonard Richardson2006-2007
Mahendra Patel
Natu Patel
Mahendra Patel
Hasmukh (Hasu) Patel2013-2015 Katen Patel
Manish Desai
2017 – 2019