HD Patel

Founder and CEO

HD Patel serves as both the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ephant Group, a real estate development firm based in Knoxville, TN.

Originally from India, HD moved to the United States in 2008 to continue his college career. While in college, he began working part-time at a hotel which is where he fell in love with the hospitality industry. Understanding that the business is extremely complex, HD separates himself from most in that he started at the bottom and worked his way up. By doing it this way, he not only has a deep understanding of the business, but he also has a sincere love and appreciation for his team because, without them, nothing would be possible.

When asked about his approach to business, HD said it’s really quite simple. “In order to accomplish anything, you must have faith and never stop believing in yourself. Couple that with vision, hard work, and dedication and your dreams will come true. Remember, all things are possible for those who believe.”

Through his hard work, vision, and approach, HD has quickly become a member of an elite group of entrepreneurs that are molding Knoxville’s future with keen business acumen and a fresh global perspective.

When he’s not working, HD loves to travel, engage in outdoor activities, and spend time with his wife, Purvi, and his son, Ehan. HD is also a fan of single malt scotch, fine bourbon, and playing with his dog, Leo.