Vision Hospitality reaches 25-year milestone

Vision Hospitality Group (VHG), developer and owner of premium-branded select- and full-service hotels, as well as independent boutique hotels, celebrates its 25th anniversary beginning this April.

“As we approach two-and-a-half decades of sustained growth, we feel our success is a product of a strong vision to recognize and leverage opportunities in all economic environments,” said Mitch Patel, founder/president/CEO, Vision Hospitality Group. “We look ahead toward continued, thoughtful growth and abundant opportunities for our partners and stakeholders in the years to come.”

Founded in 1997, Vision Hospitality Group started with a dream. Patel developed and managed the company’s first hotel that year—the Homewood Suites by Hilton Chattanooga/Hamilton Place. The company’s following 10 hotels were developed and opened during the economic aftermath of 9/11. Here, VHG learned agility and how to pivot, gaining a deeper understanding of how to successfully adapt to the ebb and flow of the hospitality and financial industries, according to the company. These lessons, along with a solid foundation of core values—dedication, integrity, respect, excellence, community, teamwork and spirit—were the guiding principles that led to continued growth through the Great Recession and the unprecedented challenges of the last few years. During the height of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, VHG launched eight new hotels including The Grady in Louisville, KY, and Kinley Hotels in Cincinnati (pictured above) and Chattanooga, TN, along with highly curated food and beverage programs at each property.

Most recently in 2021, VHG introduced its wholly owned subsidiary, Humanist Hospitality, which provides a turn-key solution for hotel management including human resources, sales and marketing and revenue management, as well as rooftop bars and restaurant operations.

“We are excited to mark our 25th year in April with our partners, executives, hotel leaders and families with a celebration gala at one of Chattanooga’s beloved landmarks, The Hunter Museum of American Art,” said Patel. “Other celebrations and events will continue throughout the year to express our commitment of giving back to the communities we serve and those who serve them.”

Looking ahead as VHG’s market cap approaches $1 billion, Patel aims to expand the company’s footprint through strategic investments, acquisitions and repositioning opportunities.