In March 2012, H.P. Rama received the third annual “Hunter Conference Award for Excellence & Inspiration.” Many key industry figures commented on their experience with H.P. as well as his impact on the lodging industry. Here is a selection of their comments.

“We sincerely appreciate the time and expertise that H.P., his family members and associates have shared with us. His passion for this business and alignment with Marriott values is recognized through the numerous awards he has received. We thank him for all he has done for Marriott and the hospitality industry. I look forward to many more years of partnership.”

—Bill Marriott, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board – Marriott International

“Since H.P founded JHM approximately 40 years ago, he has become a pillar in the hospitality industry. H.P. is the personification of the American dream. Under H.P.’s leadership, the JHM family of businesses has developed the reputation of excellence, allowing them to expand their presence across the United States and now into India. JHM became one of the first owners of Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Hotels and also worked with us to become founding members of AAHOA to help us bring additional AAHOA members to the Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Inn brands. In every interaction we have had with the Rama family, my entire team has been impressed by their professionalism and commitment to perfection.”

—Chris Nassetta, CEO – Hilton Worldwide

“I have known H.P. for more than two decades. This man serves as a beacon of light for us all. His compassion for others, his passion for the business and for people is simply amazing. H.P., in his role as owner, as operator, and in his many industry roles, including AH&LA chairman, has added immeasurable value and immense impact. All of us in our business continue to benefit from his contributions.”

—Eric Danziger, President and CEO – Wyndham Hotel Group

“I have had the pleasure of dealing with H.P. as franchisor to franchisee, as a peer in AH&LA and as a friend who showed true joy as he talked about his growing family. H.P. has given much to our industry as chair of AAHOA, chair of AH&LA and as a friend to all of the people he meets. He is a true gentleman, and one that I am proud to call friend.”

– Nancy Johnson, Chief Development Officer – Carlson Hotels

“H.P. is one of my heroes for his vision and commitment to his family and his team throughout multiple business cycles. His steadfast work, his leadership at AH&LA and his personal devotion to education have provided an example for all of us to follow.John Quincy Adams had it right when he said,’If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.’ All of us at Noble remain grateful for his inspiration to an entire generation of lodging professionals.”

– Mitesh Shah, CEO – Noble Investment Group

“He’s a solid family man. Faith is a significant part of his life. He has a largess for his family, and is extremely honorable and creative. I spent a lot of time with H.P. I was proud to watch him move through the chairs of the AH&LA.”

– Mike Leven, President and Chief Operating Officer – Las Vegas Sands Corp.

“His tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit have made him a role model for all those who want to achieve great success. He personifies the great accomplishments that the AAHOA has made in our industry.”

– Fred Schwartz, President – Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)

“We couldn’t be more proud of our JHM Interstate joint venture relationship and the work we are doing in Surat at the wonderful AURO University. We look forward to a great future of expanding our companies jointly across all of India. It’s been a great 20 years, and I’m looking forward to the next 20 together as partners.”

– Jim Abrahamson, CEO – Interstate Hotels