Our Team

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Chirag
Patel

Founder and Managing Director
Rahul Bahl

Rahul
Bahl

Founder and Managing Director
Danielle Schneider

Danielle
Schneider

Vice President
David Rojas

David
Rojas

Vice President
Blake_Lindsay

Blake
Lindsay

Revenue Manager
Sharon Wade

Sharon
Wade

Area Director of Sales
Tona-Allen

Tona
Allen

Area Director of Sales
Mel Miller

Mel
Miller

Marketing Manager
Juju Reyna

Juju
Reyna

Training Coordinator
katty

Katy
Ledford

Accounting Assistant

Chirag Patel

Founder and Managing Director

Chirag founded Pathfinder Development with his high school buddy, Rahul Bahl, in 2005 with the intention of leaving a true impression on the hospitality industry. Chirag’s love for architecture shines as he oversees various aspects of the portfolio including analysis and selection of future development opportunities, financial structuring and new construction/renovation management. Prior to founding Pathfinder, he was with the private equity firm American Securities Capital Partners and at the consultancy McKinsey & Co. in the Corporate Finance & Strategy practice. Chirag received a Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. When Chirag isn’t in a hard hat at our new developments, you can find him travelling the world with his wife and two kids.

Rahul Bahl

Founder and Managing Director

After founding Pathfinder Development with his high school friend, Chirag Patel, he quickly moved into the role of overseeing multiple aspects of the portfolio. Rahul’s passion for the team radiates as he focuses on revenue generation strategies, operational and HR processes, and he oversees interior design for new properties and properties undergoing renovations. Prior to founding Pathfinder, Rahul received a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trinity University.  When Rahul isn’t visiting all the properties with his dog, Bo, he loves spending as much time in nature as he can, particularly near the water. One day, he even hopes to learn how to swim!

Danielle Schneider

Vice President

As Vice President, Danielle oversees all sales and marketing efforts at Pathfinder hotels. Her leadership and competitive spirit help foster a sales and guest driven culture at each hotel. In addition to leadership in sales, Danielle is passionate about training and development of team members and spearheads the effort, along with David Rojas, to help Pathfinder develop its team members to their fullest career potential. Prior to joining Pathfinder, Danielle was the Vice-President of Sales at CL Hospitality where she spearheaded the sales efforts of portfolio of hotels in the Midwest. Danielle received a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Hospitality Management from Eastern Illinois University.

David Rojas

Vice President

Joining the Pathfinder Development team as a General Manager for our Staybridge Suites Nasa property in 2012, David quickly proved himself as an operational wiz and was promoted to his current post as Vice President of Operations. As the main operations guy, every property looks to him when it comes to efficiency and quality. When David is road tripping to each property, his favorite pastime is baseball as a Houston Astros fan and loves to snorkel the Carribean reefs and sipping on rum in the sun.

Blake Lindsay

Revenue Manager

As Revenue Manager, Blake oversees the overall rate strategy at each of the Pathfinder hotels. He works closely with the General Managers and Director of Sales on tactics focused on stealing market share and driving overall profits. Blake is a strong analytics professional with a Certificate focused in Hotel Revenue Management from Cornell University. He has also received his Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) as well as completed the Certified Revenue Management Executive (CRME) course offered through HSMAI. When Blake isn’t nerding out on data, you can find him hiking the Barton Creek Green Belt or paddle boarding the Colorado River.

Sharon Wade

Area Director of Sales

Sharon has devoted 6 years to Pathfinder beginning as a Group Sales Coordinator and developed through multiple sales roles and successfully has become our Central Sales Manager for all Pathfinder properties. Sharon handles most of our negotiations from rooms blocked and function space. She also develops sales leads and maintains a great rapport with clients. We are excited to see her growth.

Tona Allen

Area Director of Sales

Ms Allen joined our team in 2013 as Opening Director of Sales for the Holiday Inn NW Arboretum. She went on to open our Residence Inn SW Austin hotel in 2016. She began her career in Los Angeles, California as a National Sales Manager and worked for Hilton Hotels, Millennium Hotels and Omni Hotels and Resorts where she received numerous awards and accolades. When not in the office, you can find Tona spending her free time with her family in Cedar Park, Texas.

Mel Miller

Marketing Manager

As the newest member of the Pathfinder team, Mel brings over 9 years of Marketing experience in various industries to oversee all marketing efforts for Pathfinder Development and for each hotel. She is the go-to person to make something pretty or to write something witty. Her passion for storytelling and the hospitality industry has helped our various efforts reach a new level, and she’s ready to toast a glass of tequila, because it can only continue to grow! Mel received her Bachelors in Design | Media Arts from UCLA and spent 7 years working in the entertainment business before packing up and moving to Austin from LA in 2018. When she isn’t on site at one of our hotels, she’s either with her niece and nephews or playing fetch with her cat, Chazz!

Juju Reyna

Training Coordinator

Joining the team in November 2018, Juju came on with her expertise for developing talent and continuously proved herself as an asset when it comes to training. She provides training in all areas of the hospitality industry and recruits top-notch talent that constantly sets Pathfinder Development above the rest. Juju received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management with a minor in Human Resources Management from the University of Houston-Downtown. When Juju isn’t training our amazing team, you can find her sippin’ on whiskey at home while enjoying her two pups, Cowboy and Boots!

Katy Ledford

Accounting Assistant

Katy is our go-to for any accounting needs. Her tasks range from accounts payable, payroll, & HR. She also works on various accounting related projects. She loves Pathfinder because of the work-life balance, learning opportunities, and the ability to have a say in company change. Her favorite thing to do is make memories together with my daughter and husband.