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Dave Shah, Founder & Managing Director, graduated with a double major in Finance and Information System & Operation Management from the University of Florida. Upon graduation he worked at Big 4 firm Ernst & Young (EY) as a Risk Advisory Consultant. His experience consisted of Oil Firms M&A’s, Regulation of Bank Anti-Money Laundering , REIT IPO, and Global Revenue Management for a Lodging Franchise Company’s. After his corporate career he established Pineapple Capital Group and Pineapple Hospitality into the family business with his father, Mahesh “Mike” Shah. His passion to understand hospitality dynamics with new generational goals lead him to pursue a Masters in Hospitality Management (MMH) and a concentration in Real Estate Finance & Investments from Cornell University. His multiple designations include: Certified Hotel Owner (CHO), Certified Hotel Industry Analyst (CHIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a licensed Florida Sales Rep., and the Regional Georgia Ambassador for Asian American Hotel Owner Association (AAHOA). Dave is a millennial hotelier that wants to grow and help grow the hospitality industry as a whole.
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Mike Shah, President & Managing Director, graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration (B.B.A) from Mumbai University. He composes 35+ years of expertise and experience in hotel development, management, franchise negotiations, equity raises, and FF&E distribution. A trademark hotel developer, Mike entered the hospitality scene with his current company D&M Distributors, a multi-franchise FF&E company, that has produced $75M+ worth of hotel products on franchise PIP’s, conversions, and due diligence packages for various borrowers. He continued his passion by investing and developing 20+ hotel properties around the panhandle region of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. His portfolio of hotel development, management, and investments range from: Marriott, Hilton, IHG, Choice, Wyndham, and Carlson Lodging. He currently holds the designation of Certified Hotel Administration (CHA) and is a active lifetime member of Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA).