Bharat Shah, a native of India, arrived at the shores of the United States of America in 1964 for higher education. With a doctorate degree in Food Science and Technology he spent a decade as a research scientist in food industry. A real estate opportunity knocked at a door in 1979 and he risked his entire life savings and more to accept the challenge and opportunity. Thirty five years of immersion in the hospitality business, industry associations and providing a helping hand to anyone in need has been his life.
Elementary school education at a public school in hometown Navapur, India
High School Diploma, Navapur High School
Wilson College, University of Bombay, India. BS in Chemistry/Physics
Father Manubhai, a lumber businessman, buys an Indian patent to manufacture juice powers as my future business plan
Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India, where the patent was developed. Received diploma in Food Science and Technology. Received training in manufacturing process for fruit juice powders.
Attempts to start the venture failed as a result of naiveté in dealing with corrupt officers at the state government in releasing approved funds to buy machinery. Convinced parents to leave for United States to study recent developments in food science and technology. It was, in reality, an escape route to get out of the country.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. Received MS in Food Science and Technology with 4.0 GPA.
Utah State University, Logan, Utah. Ph. D. in Food Science under a scholarship from National Institute of Health (NIH).
Elected unanimously, President of India Student Association and was asked to remain in the position for the entire stay at the campus.
Awarded doctorate in Food Science
Arrived back to Bombay, India
Married Milan, a recent graduate of University of Baroda with BA in Psychology.
Milan and I arrive in New York. Received a position of a research scientist with Nabisco Research Center in Fairlawn, NJ.
Son Mitesh is born
Hired by RJR Foods. Hoboken, NJ as a head of Quality Assurance Lab
Partner, Faraway Places Imports, Ltd., a gift store venture that failed within a year
The family moves to Winston Salem, NC as RJR Foods headquarters moves to town to join the parent company, R.J. Reynolds Industries.
Son Rajesh is born.
Shah family moves in a four bedroom house after being an apartment dweller for a long time.
Attempted many ventures to import goods from India. All failed.
Parents arrive for their first visit to USA
Received commercial real estate broker's license
First listing was the Winkler Motor Inn, an independent motel in Winston Salem
Unable to find a suitable buyer during the six months of the listing period, the owner, Jim Myers, suggested that I buy the hotel. We worked out a deal with less than ten percent down payment, most of it coming from my entire savings, a second mortgage on the house and borrowed money from friends. Myers financed the deal with a twenty year mortgage.
Last day at RJR Foods. Became a full-time manager at Winkler.
Joined Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce and Convention Visitors Bureau and attended political fundraisers. Received good reception from the town’s business community, local and state politicians. Established personal relationship with the state governor.
Founder President, India Merchants Association.
Built first new property, a 60-unit Econo Lodge, in King, NC. Parents arrived for their second visit to USA. Father was honored as he cut the ribbon and opened the hotel.
Development and acquisition of three more projects.
Elected Board Member, Asian American Hotel Owners Association
Founding of Noble Investment Group in Atlanta, Georgia. Start-up equity sourced from refinancing existing assets owned by Bharat and Milan
The first Noble hotel opens | Hampton Inn in Peachtree City, Georgia
Elected Chairman, Asian American Hotel Owners Association.
Mitesh marries Reshma Patel.
Grandson Arjun is born.
Granddaughter Roshni is born.
I take a complete retirement from business activity to pursue philanthropic endeavors
Rajesh founds Pinnacle Real Estate Investments
Initiated efforts to write memoir
"America My Destiny" is published.
Noble invests more than $4 billion in the lodging and hospitality sector.