Born in Surat, India, Jagruti Panwala was 15 when she immigrated to the U.S. in 1991 with her parents, Dinesh and Minaxi Panwala. After earning undergraduate degrees in finance and economics at East Stroudsburg University, Jagruti bought her first hotel in 2001. She later formed Wealth Protection Strategies, an asset management and succession planning firm.  She currently serves as its President & CEO.  She and her husband have owned and operated multiple franchised hotels and currently have a Best Western under construction in the Bronx, NY. For more than a decade, Jagruti has been an active AAHOA member. In 2011 and again in 2014, Jagruti was elected to serve as AAHOA’s Female Director at Large, Eastern Division — a position she currently holds. In her first year, Jagruti was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence. In 2014, she testified before a congressional subcommittee to bring the voice of hoteliers to the forefront of discussions regarding joint-employer status. Jagruti was elected to the position of AAHOA Secretary in 2016, making her the first female officer in AAHOA history.