SPRING 2019 FEATURED GUEST SPEAKER
February 21, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Asian American Hotel Owners Association
Jagruti Panwala serves as the vice chairwoman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), the voice of America’s hotel owners, and is the first female officer in the association’s 29-year history. Prior to becoming an officer, Jagruti served as a female director at large, a position she held for six years.
In this role, she helps lead AAHOA’s advocacy efforts aimed at protecting the interests of hotel owners. In 2014, for example, her advocacy work on behalf of AAHOA included testifying before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about the harmful impact of over-regulation on small businesses. In 2018, she testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access about the impact of the travel and tourism industry on the American economy. Jagruti also serves on the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Board of Directors and on the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Summit Steering Committee.
Born in Surat, India, Jagruti immigrated to the United States in 1991. She earned her undergraduate degrees in finance and economics from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. In 1999, Jagruti founded Wealth Protection Strategies Inc., an investment management company specializing in succession planning, where she currently serves as president and CEO.
Jagruti is a second-generation hotelier. She and her husband, Ahmed, own and operate multiple hotels throughout the Northeastern United States. The couple has two children and reside in suburban Philadelphia.
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