HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST
Jay H. Shah is Hersha Hospitality Trust's Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Trustees. Hersha is a New York Stock Exchange listed real estate investment trust, which owns and operates upscale hotels in urban gateway markets. The company's hotels are located in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego, and Los Angeles.
Shah is involved in all areas of the business with a particular emphasis on strategic relationships, capital transactions, asset management, and acquisitions. Prior to his role as CEO, Shah served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Hersha Hospitality, as well as the Managing Director of the Hersha Group, a private equity affiliate of Hersha Hospitality Trust that provides hotel management, development, and construction management services to hotel owners.
Before joining Hersha, Shah formed Shah & Byler, a law firm focusing on real estate and construction. Shah was also a consultant at the former Coopers & Lybrand and a legislative assistant to the late Senator John Heinz.
Shah currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Episcopal Academy, a co-educational college preparatory school for grades K-12 and Cornell University Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Hotel Administration. He is also a member of the ULI Hotel Development Council, the Philadelphia CEO Council for Growth, and a Fellow at the Cornell Center for Real Estate Finance. Shah is a member of Real Estate Roundtable and of both the Philadelphia and International Chapters of the Young Presidents Organization. He is also on the Board of Directors of the American Hotel Lodging Association and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Shah also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Fox School of Business at Temple University. He was recently named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, for Greater Philadelphia and was a finalist in the national competition. In addition, Shah recently joined fellow CEOs from Marriott and Hilton, who were selected as the top three hospitality executives of the year by Commercial Property Executive magazine.
Shah received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University, a J.D. from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University and an M.B.A. from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.