Jyoti Sarolia

President and CEO, Ellis Hospitality Group 

From a young age, Jyoti had grown up in the hospitality industry. Having lived in the Alder Hotel owned by her family in downtown San Francisco until the age of 11, she learned first-hand many of the responsibilities involved in running & operating a successful hotel. Ranging from front-desk management, to housekeeping—you name it. Through her later years, she attended law school for one year in San Diego. Soon thereafter, she had an opportunity in hospitality, so she chose to go back to her roots and pursue a career. Jyoti began her own legacy by purchasing her first hotel in 1996 where her journey began.

In 2018, Ellis Hospitality was founded. She serves as President & CEO, which is now a 3rd generation hotelier company. The name Ellis Hospitality was honored by New York City’s Ellis Island—where her family had made their way to the United States during the early years to pursue the American dream. As of 2021, their portfolio includes six hotel properties throughout California. Jyoti's responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of operations. Her focus is to provide continued excellent service to her visitors and guests. It starts by taking care of her employees, so they can provide excellent service & care for their guests. This has proven to be the key to success through the years, and remains her focus today.

Hotel Community Involvement

Since 2009, she’s been involved in the Choice Hotels Owners Council (CHOC) community; most recently serving as Past Chairman in 2021, and Chairman back in 2018. In 2009, she served as a Board member of Asian American Culture Society of San Diego. From 2014 to 2017, she served as a Chairman of AACSSD. To learn more, visit Aacssd.com for more information.

Jyoti served as a Regional Advisory Board Member (RAB), and eventually worked her way to being the first female Chair of an FAC association in 2018. She has served as Ambassador to the South Pacific Region since 2015. Jyoti has been a part of the Franchise & Industry Relations (F.A.I.R.) Committee from 2017 to 2020. Currently she is involved in the Strategic Plan Committee at the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA).

She’s passionate towards government advocacy, having regularly participated in legislative summits - so far, three in Sacramento, and eight in Washington, D.C. In July 2021, Jyoti spoke at a Senate Committee Hearing on the subject of Empowering American Workers in the 21st Century.

In 2021, she ended her term as a past Chairman of CHOC. Jyoti is excited about 2022, and continues to contribute to the CHOC team, expanding their impact and the overall success of Choice & CHOC brand and entity.

Hobbies & Personal Life

When not traveling for work, Jyoti loves to visit new countries and experience new cultures. Having traveled abroad through her early years, she's grown a deep passion for exploration. She enjoys shopping, cooking, reading, and entertaining guests. Hospitality runs in her blood. She has two children ages 18 and 20. Working from home and around their schedule helps her out tremendously.

Her commitment to her family and hotel career keep her motivated. Jyoti has a deep passion for being a female leader and inspiring other women to be powerful and leave a lasting impact on the world.

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