About US


In 2016, a group of passionate hoteliers and hospitality experts made a commitment to champion independent hoteliers. Together, they created NextGen, a New Jersey-based organization focused on helping independent hotel owners meet the highest quality standards, thereby achieving competitive excellence. Meet the NextGen team…

the executive team

Upendra Gulrajani

Founder & CEO

Upendra has over 38 years of experience working with major hospitality brands in India and North America. Devoted to the idea of ‘hospitality’ as an opportunity to curate an experience, he has created and conducted numerous training programs on subjects such as Attitude Development, Management Development, and Wow Guest Experience. Upendra holds a degree in Hospitality Management and specializes in product development, operating systems, creating standard operating manuals, menu merchandising, event planning, developing marketing strategies and budgeting.



Sumitesh is a hospitality industry veteran with a special interest in food and beverage. He has amassed a diverse range of experience in his 20 years in the industry, including working with leading brands such as the Taj Group of Hotels and JW Marriott in India, as well as launching and managing two prestigious properties in KenyaSovereign Suites and WestEnd. Sumitesh is currently based in India. 



A US-based, seasoned service industry professional, Betty is an expert in the creation of Wow Customer Experiences, developing business plans, and setting in place sales strategies to increase efficiency and revenues. She has a proven track record of excellence in training and developing teams, developing job aids to ensure consistency, negotiating contracts, and administering vendor management.



Based out of UK, Parag is passionate about helping organizations, teams, and individuals improve their change-capability and agility. He has helped transform numerous business programs and projects across the hospitality and retail industries in India, USA, and UK. He is a certified assessor of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), and has designed, developed, and implemented a number of highly effective integrated quality management systems.

Kalpesh Agarwal


A hospitality professional with Food and Beverage background, and Room divisions with over 16 years of experience in luxury hotels around the world. Managed operations in brands such as Regent International, Starwood Hotels, and Fairmont luxury hotels in Dubai, Canada, Mauritius, India & Bhutan. Have exposure in Resorts and Business hotels in all operational food and beverage service departments including Pre-opening.experience.

NextGen Hotels & Resorts contributes to Water.org to bring clean water and better sanitation facilities to communities in need.


NextGen Hotels & Resorts contributes to Water.org to bring clean water and better sanitation facilities to communities in need.


Get In Touch

Email: info@nextgenhotelsandresorts.com