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Jay Patel .

Jay S. Patel, of Pensacola, owns and operates a group of franchised hotels in the panhandle area of the Gulf Coast. Trustee Patel received an Honorary Doctorate of Theology from the AP Clay Christian Theological College in Kenner, Louisiana. This recognition was due to his tireless work in education. He served on the National Board of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) that was founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. Patel was elected to serve on the National Board to preserve and enhance the civil and human rights through non-violence and apply such principles of Dr. Martin Luther King JR. and Mahatma Gandhi.

Currently, Patel is co-developing, Project Green Leaf (PGL), an EV Pad that will be the first free
wireless charging infrastructure within the U.S. This wireless EV infrastructure is designed through
Inductive Power Technology (IPT) of a patented EV Pad (Electric Vehicle Pad) and will offer to the
consumer, at no cost, charge EV's and PHEV's (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) at multiple U.S.
locations. PGL's infrastructure is meant to build consumer confidence towards alternative energy
vehicles, enable the automobile industry to recover from its downturn by increasing green energy efficient vehicles, help aggressively reduce foreign dependency on oil, and significantly contribute to the reduction of the Co2 emissions.

He and his wife, Ela reside in Pensacola with their children.