Rakesh Chauhan is a founding principle and the President and CEO of Banyan Investment Group. His career in hospitality began at a young age, having grown up watching his father develop hotels from the ground up. Early on Rakesh developed a sharp understanding of the company’s day-to-day and bigger-picture operations, from acquisition and development to implementation of management and processes, which helped set the foundation for his leadership of Banyan.With a keen eye for future trends and a strategy for identifying new opportunities, Rakesh is committed to moving the company into the next generation. Under his direction, the company has exponentially grown its revenue, which has earned Banyan a spot on the Inc. 5000 list for six consecutive years as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies. Rakesh has built many deep capital relationships both domestically and internationally, and facilitated over $200M in investments since the founding of the firm 10 years ago. The Banyan team has expanded to nearly 550 employees across 10 states, and the company anticipates exponential growth in the coming years with more acquisitions in the pipeline. Rakesh is a recognized leader in the professional community and was nominated by his peers for Leadership Atlanta in 2017 to tackle complex issues in the state of Georgia. As a recognized owner and operator in the select-service hotel industry, Rakesh plays an advisory role with a number of nonprofit and commercial organizations.Rakesh graduated from Birmingham Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. After working at a Fortune 100 company, Sanofi-Aventis, he returned to the family business with a desire to facilitate major growth of Banyan Investment Group. Rakesh is actively involved with the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a global network of young chief executives. He has also served on the local board of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides school lunches to nearly 1.3 million underprivileged children in India. Rakesh’s social and civic involvement has allowed him to work alongside Prince Charles and former President Bill Clinton on philanthropy efforts.Rakesh enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children. Together, they love to travel abroad and immerse themselves in new cultures. Rakesh also enjoys skiing and attending anything involving cars.