Rakesh ChauhanPresident and CEORakesh is a founding principal and the President and CEO of Banyan Investment Group. His career in hospitality began at a young age, having grown up watching his father develop hotels from the ground up. Early on Rakesh developed a sharp understanding of the company’s day-to-day and bigger-picture operations, from acquisition and development to implementation of management and processes, which helped set the foundation for his leadership of Banyan.
With a keen eye for future trends and a strategy for identifying new opportunities, Rakesh is committed to moving the company into the next generation. Under his direction, the company has exponentially grown its revenue, which has earned Banyan a spot on the Inc. 5000 list for six consecutive years as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies. Rakesh has built many deep capital relationships both domestically and internationally, and facilitated over $200M in investments since the founding of the firm 10 years ago. The Banyan team has expanded to nearly 550 employees across 10 states, and the company anticipates exponential growth in the coming years with more acquisitions in the pipeline. Rakesh is a recognized leader in the professional community and was nominated by his peers for Leadership Atlanta in 2017 to tackle complex issues in the state of Georgia. As a recognized owner and operator in the select-service hotel industry, Rakesh plays an advisory role with a number of nonprofit and commercial organizations.
Rakesh graduated from Birmingham Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. After working at a Fortune 100 company, Sanofi-Aventis, he returned to the family business with a desire to facilitate major growth of Banyan Investment Group. Rakesh is actively involved with the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a global network of young chief executives. He has also served on the local board of the Akshaya Patra Foundation.
Leanne LloydSVP of Human ResourcesLeanne Lloyd serves as the corporate director of human resources and is responsible for employee relations and corporate policy. She focuses on regulatory compliance and labor issues and plays an integral role in ensuring healthy and productive work environments.
Prior to joining Banyan Investment Group in 2015 , Leanne began her management and HR career in the retail sector. Most recently, she worked in the healthcare industry for nine years as the director of human resources at a nonprofit behavioral healthcare facility.
Leanne is a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), as well as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She facilitates training sessions for management teams and other HR professionals and speaks at events on topics such as compliance with labor law, leadership training, recruitment and retention, and many other human resource related issues.
Leanne graduated from Northwest Florida State College with a degree in Business Administration and earned Bachelor of Science in Business with a focus in Human Resource Management from Western Governor’s University. Leanne lives in DeFuniak Springs, FL with her son. An avid University of Florida fan and music lover, she enjoys traveling for various sporting events and music festivals/concerts, making the hospitality industry a perfect fit.