Ravi Desai

Ravi Desai founded Opal Hotels Group in 2014 after working as a corporate attorney in Washington, DC. Building upon the foundation set by his father, Ravi has actively worked to grow Opal’s portfolio of hotels. Opal is a family-funded hospitality investment and management organization that currently owns, operates, or is invested in six limited and select-service hotels in the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic region.

Previously, Ravi was with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in their Washington, DC office, where he counseled clients on a wide array of matters, including corporate formation, corporate governance, strategic alliances, business combinations, mergers and acquisitions, and represented both public and private companies. Ravi was with Friedman, Billings, and Ramsey prior to law school, where he focused on private equity transactions ranging from $100 million to $500 million.

Ravi received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Juris Doctor from The University of North Carolina School of Law.

Ravi and his wife have two daughters. Ravi is an avid basketball and football fan, always cheering on his Tarheels! Ravi loves to travel and has been to over 35 countries.