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Fighting through an 'unimaginable' crisis

Photo contributed by Vision Hospitality / Mitch Patel, president and CEO of Vision Hospitality.

Mitch Patel, the founder and CEO of Vision Hospitality, has seen his share of storms.

He opened the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Chattanooga in 2001, one month after 9/11. He opened the DoubleTree by Hilton in 2008, one month after the economy crashed into recession and the bottom fell out of the booming housing market.

Patel and his team at Vision have navigated it all - growing the company from a portfolio of eight hotels in 2008 to nearly 30 over the next five years. Vision now has more than 40 hotels in six states, with nine more in development. But everything has changed. Patel has never seen anything like the coronavirus pandemic. No one has.

"Today, we face an unimaginable challenge," he writes in a message to his community and his colleagues.