Our Philosophy

Heritage Hospitality Group approaches each project with three words in mind: Trust, Transparency and Results.


We earn our partners’ Trust through hard work and expertise. We treat your time and money as if it were our own. That’s why we push ourselves to achieve excellence through efficiency.


We maintain Transparency by keeping our partners informed every step of the way. We understand that when your business is on the line, so is ours.


We get Results by never accepting less than success. We know there’s a solution to every challenge. And we never stop until we find it.

Hiren “Chico” Patel 
CEO, Founder and Managing Principal

Hiren “Chico” Patel founded Heritage Hospitality Group (formerly known as S&R Development) in 2006. Surrounded by the hospitality industry his entire life and by learning the ropes as a “hands-on” operator, he has become a master of constructing and operating profitable hotels that outperform the competition.

Chico’s wealth of knowledge and attention to detail have driven hotel projects throughout the United States, including markets with high barriers to entry. He has earned the support of top-tier brands including Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

As the team leader, Chico encourages everyone in the company to strive for excellence. He works daily with his senior staff in identifying new projects and maximizing results for the company’s partners. 

Chico attended Mississippi State University, and resides in Ridgeland, MS with his wife and three children.


Mitesh “Mike” Patel 
President, Managing Principal

Mitesh “Mike” Patel joined Heritage Hospitality Group after graduating from Mississippi State University in 2007. He initially led the company’s division for developing residential assets, and transitioned into the hospitality division when commercial projects began to evolve.

Like his brother, Mike was surrounded by hotels his entire life. He learned every aspect of the business — from marketing and sales to front desk operations to housekeeping. Under Mike’s direction, many of the properties received excellent inspection scores and achieved high customer satisfaction ratings. 

Mike is passionate about developing construction projects, which includes FF&E. Coupled with his creativity and ability to understand ever-changing floor plans, he has earned the trust of high-level hospitality brands.  

Mike currently resides in Ridgeland, MS with his wife and two children.

Ali Bhatti, J.D.

Executive VP, General Counsel, Managing Principal

Kishan Gopal

Chief of Construction Management, Project Development

Jay Darji, M.D.

Chief of Business Development, Managing Principal

Todd Reaves

Todd Reeves

Senior VP, Business Development


Hiren “Chico” Patel and Mitesh “Mike” Patel grew up in the hospitality industry. They didn’t just watch their parents make a living in the lodging business; they were there alongside them — doing laundry, cleaning rooms, watching the front desk, and getting first-hand exposure to the value of hard work.


Chico formed the company that would become Heritage Hospitality Group in 2006, which has gone on to partner with several major hotel developers, operators and partners on a wide range of projects in the Southeast region of the United States.


Today, Heritage has a nationwide presence with an earned reputation of hard work, dedication and high expectations. It’s the foundation of the company’s success, and the fuel for the company’s future.