Pinal Patel and Cathalin Leija are managers at NewcrestImage’s hotel renovation project in downtown Houston. The project is converting a 105-year old historic building into 195-room AC Hotel by Marriot.

Patel, who has two decades of hotel management experience, is the new General Manager of the property, while Leija, with 15 years of experience in hotel sales and marketing, becomes director of sales.

Prior to joining NewcrestImage, Patel was the regional director operations with White Lodging Service. She also held the general manager position at multiple Houston area hotels including Homewood Suites Katy Mills, Hilton Garden Inn Sugarland and Residence Inn Houston Galleria.

Leija served as the director of sales and marketing at high-end properties such as the Houston Marriott at Hobby Airport, JW Marriott Houston Downtown, The St. Regis Houston, and two Westin hotels at the Houston Galleria.

“We have infused a dated, long-vacant building with new decor, new energy, and new life,” said Mehul Patel, NewcrestImage chairman and CEO, regarding the new managers. “Now Pinal, Cathalin and their capable colleagues onsite will quickly make the AC Hotel a sleek and sophisticated bright spot in the ongoing revitalization of Houston’s central business district.”

Mehul Patel and two other NewcrestImage executives, CFO Chirag Patel and Managing Partner Mital Patel, recently purchased Dallas-based American Bank under an investment group named Bright Force Holding, LLC.