President & CEO
Sunny DesaiSunny Desai, President & CEO, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi State University’s undergraduate double major program in 2008 with an emphasis in Real Estate and Banking & Finance. After finishing Mississippi State University’s MBA program in 2010, he founded Desai Hotel Group at the age of 24. Sunny is a member of the Mississippi Economic Council and the IHG Owners Association’s Emerging Leaders Council. He is also a Mississippi Licensed Real Estate Broker and a Mississippi Licensed Contractor.
Chief Financial Officer
Sweta DesaiChief Financial Officer, joined the company in 2015 as a part-time tax consultant. Sweta graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2008 with a Masters in Taxation. She is a licensed CPA in Virginia and Texas, and is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Sweta has worked at one of the Big Fours in public accounting, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC), as a tax accountant for over 6 years. Sweta DesaiSweta has worked in the financial services industry, more specifically on real estate and private equity funds.
Vice President, Finance
Chintan K. DesaiChintan K. Desai, Vice President of Finance, joined the company in 2012 after working for one of the largest and most respected service providers, Blue Cross & Blue Shield. Chintan graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking & Finance and Real Estate/Mortgage Appraisal Financing. Chintan also obtained a Master’s of Public Finance upon completion of his undergraduate studies. As Vice President of Finance, Chintan is responsible for budget management, financial reporting, and financial risk analysis.
In-House Counsel, Desai Law Firm
Navketan K. DesaiNavketan K. Desai, In-House Counsel for DHG, received her JD from the University of Mississippi in 2012. She works closely with senior management in reviewing and drafting all major contracts,leases, and agreements, as well as providing legal support and advice to all branches of the Company. She is currently licensed to practice in the State of Mississippi, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Navketan is also currently a member of: the Mississippi Bar Association; the American Bar Association; the Rankin County Bar Association; Jackson Young Lawyers; and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Moneel Sharma, CHA
Vice President, Development
Moneel SharmaMoneel Sharma, Vice President of Development, joined the company in 2012, with an extensive background in the hospitality industry and hotel openings. Moneel graduated from Mississippi State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Since graduation, Moneel has been embedded in the hospitality industry. He gained years of invaluable hands-on experience, and officially became a Certified Hotel Administrator in 2009. He currently oversees all aspects of hotel development, ranging from plan review to the hotel construction process.
Special Projects Coordinator
Qua'Niya HeadSpecial Projects Coordinator, joined the team in September of 2014. Qua'Niya is currently a senior at Mississippi College in Clinton majoring in Biology/Pre-Med with a minor in Business Administration. As Special Projects Coordinator, Qua'Niya is responsible for completing various tasks designated to her.
Eli BellEli Bell graduated from Mississippi State University in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. As a project manager, Eli is responsible for the planning, overseeing, and documenting of our company's developments. He also ensures that the scope and direction of each development is on schedule. Eli joined Desai Hotel Group in July 2015.