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The Promise of Prominence

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Emerging as an industry leader, Prominence Hospitality Group is an innovative real estate investment, development and hotel management company, creating remarkable results for partners throughout the United States.

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Personally-vested in every development, the Prominence approach is the perfect mix of an opportunistic, owner’s perspective alongside nimble efficiency. Transforming properties into profitable business with distinction, the Prominence Hospitality Group team is dedicated to creating strong returns for investors while cultivating long-term value.

Our Team

With equity stake in their entire portfolio, Prominence exceptionally couples an owners’ perspective and hoteliers’ distinct knowledge to cultivate great guest experiences.

The leadership team is humbly honored to have quickly established an industry-wide reputation for delivering strong returns while fostering long-term relationships.

Our top-light organization is strategically focused on building a principal-oriented culture, with each of our team members bringing their own impressive strength in hospitality and real estate acquisitions, development and construction, hotel operations, sales and marketing and/or asset management to the table.

A Leadership Team with Distinction
  • Rana Rehan Zaid right-arrow

    Principal, Acquisitions, Development & Asset Management

    Rana Rehan Zaid

    Principal, Acquisitions, Development & Asset Management

    As principal of Prominence Hospitality Group, Zaid manages nearly $200 million in assets under management across the United States, with impressive growth since inception. Prior to joining Prominence Hospitality Group and it’s affiliate Bask Development, Zaid played an instrumental role at HVS Global Hospitality Services in their Chicago office, providing close to one billion dollars in consulting and valuation services for institutional investors, sovereign funds, REITs and Family Offices. Some of his key projects included The Langham Hotel, The Godfrey Hotel, Hyatt Loop Chicago, Radisson Blu Aqua Building and the Apple REIT 6 sale to Blackstone for $1.2 billion.

    Zaid received his bachelor’s degree from DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business with a concentration in Hospitality Leadership & Lodging Management and a specialization in Real Estate Finance. He founded DePaul’s American Hotel & Lodging Association student chapter and the DePaul Hospitality Society. A past co-chair of the Alumni Relations subcommittee, Zaid currently serves on the Advisory Board of the DePaul University School of Hospitality Leadership. His continued involvement with the program awarded him as the 2014 recipient of DePaul University’s Alumni of the Year Award for the School of Hospitality Leadership. Zaid is also committed to secondary education, recently wrapping up a three-year term as a Trustee member of Elgin Academy, his alma mater. Zaid currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Asian American Coalition of Chicago, chairing the Lunar New Year Gala in 2017. The largest annual celebration for the Asian American community in the Midwest, the event brings more than 1,500 community and business leaders representing over 300 Asian American organizations and corporations together to raise funds for the 34 year-old not-for-profit. 

    Recognized widely as a young leader in the industry, Zaid has been featured as an expert in the “Executive Roundtable Series” and quoted in Hotel Business Online, The Daily Herald and many local Chicago newspapers. He was named as one of Bisnow’s “Chicago Real Estate’s Rising Stars” and is a current member of the Emerging Leaders Network was an executive committee member of the Emerging Leaders Network for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and sat on the IHG Global Technology Committee.

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    Principal, Development & Finance

    Bimal Doshi

    Principal, Development & Finance

    Having designed a proprietary operating system for high-end computing during his tenure at IBM, Bimal Doshi brings a calculated, analytic approach to his principal role with Prominence Hospitality. Doshi entered the hospitality world as a managing partner with Bask Development, gaining more than a decade of experience in hotel development, construction and development. As a principal with Prominence, Doshi focuses on hotel asset management and overall hotel investment management, from raising project debt and equity and assisting the in-house construction and management departments, to working directly with clients and partners to ensure requirements are met and expectations are exceeded.

    Doshi graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Purdue University and holds a Master of Science in computer engineering and physics from University of Texas at Austin. Doshi is an American Hotel & Lodging Association Certified Hotel Administrator, an Asian American Hotel Owners Association Certified Hotel Owner and is currently working towards his LEED AP Certification with the U.S. Green Building Council.

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    Principal, Physical Assets & Construction

    Paul Busching

    Principal, Physical Assets & Construction

    With more than 30 years of real estate development experience, Paul Busching leads the Prominence construction team, bringing a pragmatic approach to building and renovation projects, to result in on-time, on-budget developments. With a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Clemson University, a graduate degree in Construction Management from University of Texas at Austin and a MBA from Northern Illinois University, Busching’s impressive education background coupled with his professional experience has allowed him to lead teams to award-winning projects throughout his career.

    Busching got his start as a construction engineer and senior project manager in the D.C. area, focused on a variety of developments in the first 10 years of his career, including office buildings, churches, museums, movie theatres, assisted living and grocery stores – most notably some of the first Fresh Fields Markets, a Maryland-based natural foods grocer, which later merged with Whole Foods. Busching led a number of projects to win quality awards before he transitioned into the hospitality development world. As a vice president of development with Hillcrest Development, Busching oversaw more than 40 projects across 16 states, working with the majority of the limited service brands, including AmeriSuites through its transition to Hyatt Place. In 2007, Busching launched BASK Development as a managing partner. In his tenure leading the BASK team, Busching was awarded a ‘North American Renovation of the Year’ in 2011 by Country Inn & Suites and a ‘US Renovation of the Year’ in the same year by Holiday Inn Express.

    Busching fastidiously brings innovation alongside accuracy to both new-build and renovation Prominence projects, resulting in long-lasting developments exceeding owner expectation and guest satisfaction.

  • Dhaval Brahmbhatt right-arrow

    Principal, Hotel Operations & Asset Management

    Dhaval Brahmbhatt

    Principal, Hotel Operations & Asset Management

    Dhaval Brahmbhatt began his career in hospitality in 1990 as an entry-level associate, quickly establishing a reputation for his innovative, flexible and hospitable approach. Gaining vast management experience across multiple hotel brands, Brahmbhatt served as a general manager of various multi-unit hotels, ranging from 100-500 keys, in Chicago, Minneapolis, New Jersey and Maryland. Brahmbhatt thrives in discovering ways to accelerate business growth and is noted for delivering outstanding guest experiences in the properties he has managed and developed.

    Distinguished as a two-time ‘General Manager of the Year’ in 2004 and 2011, and a recipient of the Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association ‘Manager of the Year Award’ in 2017, Brahmbhatt unassumingly boasts an impressive list of industry accomplishments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Northeastern Illinois University, earned while on a baseball scholarship. He is a graduate of the IHG Owners Association’s Leadership Institute held at Goizueta Business School-Emory University, and earned a Certified Hotel Administrator accreditation by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

    Brahmbhatt is active in a number of community and industry organizations, previously selected as a member of the Emerging Leaders Council, an assembly of young emerging leaders selected through the IHG Owners Association. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the GLMV Chamber of Commerce in Illinois.