About Us

Genuine Hospitality, Reliable Growth

It all starts with our dedication to providing a great guest experience.

The Opal Difference: Our People

Professional Team Members, Passionate Owners and Operators

A Savvy & Sound Team

We’re in the business of building strong careers and stable portfolios. A fulfilled team and efficient operations are part of our DNA. Our unique model leads to greater success because everyone, from our associates to our owners, are fully aligned with a stake in the outcome.

Our Culture

Delivering Growth Through Hospitality
Our Values
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Enjoy Your Work

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Own The Outcome

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Create Belonging

Opal's commitment to excellence is unrivaled. From operations, to workplace safety, and risk management; they are of the highest standard when you think of a Hospitality Ownership and Management Company.

— Clifford Patterson (VP, Business Insurance Agent at McGriff Insurance Brokerage)

Our Leadership

Ravi Desai

Principal / CEO

Mital Patel

Principal / COO

Trevor Walden

Vice President of Operations

Allan Brunner

Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing

Barbara Christian

Director of People + Culture

Kendal Furlong

Director of Accounting

Andrea Armstrong

Staff Accountant

Ravi Desai is a Principal and CEO of Opal Hotels Group.  In his role, Ravi focuses on development, acquisitions, accounting, financing, and renovations.

Previously, Ravi was with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in their Washington, DC office, where he counseled clients on a wide array of matters, including corporate formation, corporate governance, strategic alliances, business combinations, mergers and acquisitions, and represented both public and private companies. Ravi was with Friedman, Billings, and Ramsey prior to law school, where he focused on private equity transactions ranging from $100 million to $500 million.

Ravi received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctor from The University of North Carolina School of Law.

Ravi and his wife have two daughters. Ravi is an avid basketball and football fan, always cheering on his Tarheels! Ravi loves to travel and has been to over 35 countries.

Mital Patel is a Principal and COO of Opal Hotels Group. In his role, Mital focuses on hotel operations, sales and marketing, revenue management, and people and culture.

Mital grew up in the hospitality industry, working in almost every position in the motels his family operated.  Previously, Mital practiced law serving as outside general counsel to technology startups and small / medium sized businesses, focusing on corporate transactions in a variety of industries.

Mital received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and his Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law. Mital is active in the local community, previously serving as chair of the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association and co-founder of Triangle Startup Weekend, and currently serving on the YMCA of the Triangle’s Y-Guides Advisory Board.

Mital and his wife have twin fraternal daughters, Zoe and Mila and a son, Ajay. When he is not cheering on the NC State Wolfpack, Mital enjoys running the Krispy Kreme Challenge and supporting the many great local businesses around the Triangle.

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