Aakash Patel

Dr. Sastry

Thiru Govender

BDO Tampa’s Office Managing Partner, Thiru Govender, has over 20 years of public accounting experience and recently moved from Charlotte to Tampa. Govender primarily provides assurance services to privately held and securities and exchange commission (SEC)-reporting companies in the technology, manufacturing and distribution, and retail industries. Be on the lookout as Thiru Govender engages with business and community leaders of Tampa Bay!

Ruchi Attal

Ruchi has been in the accounting and finance field since 1997 and a CPA since 2002. She started her career in public accounting with Ernst & Young, and has since that time served in executive leadership functions at Viacom, Novartis, and Ipsos.

Ruchi is an experienced CPA in business tax and accounting issues, as well as, advanced tax strategies for individuals. She is a member of the Working Women of Tampa Bay, AICPA, and FICPA. In 2018, she received the Business Woman of the Year award from the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce.

In her spare time, Ruchi enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and personal fitness.

Hanisha Patel

Hanisha Patel serves as Vice President/Private Banking Relationship Manager at Southstate Bank.

Hanisha is passionate about exceeding the expectations of her clients, recognizing that her clients have huge demands on their time. She and her team, through attention to detail and a can-do attitude, work diligently to become an indispensable asset to those clients. In an era where most commercial banks are focused on the bottom line, Hanisha understands the importance of personal relationships and inspires her team members to understand the same. Using her proven leadership and commitment, she has developed a team that enables and supports business owners to manage their firm’s cash flow and capital expansion that ensures long-term steady growth. This strategy also serves to minimize long-term debt with financial products and services uniquely suited to each client’s business.

Chronicling over 12 years of experience in the commercial banking industry, Hanisha has obtained advanced degrees in Business Law and e-Commerce and is well positioned to help any Tampa Bay business owner promote the growth of their business.

Hanisha’s most memorable life events include her marriage and the birth of her daughter; an amazing journey to South East Asia; and moving to the United States to begin her professional career. She is actively involved with The Tampa Rotary, The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and the Working Women of Tampa Bay. She grew up in London, England and has lived in Florida since 2004.

Pawan Shah

Irene Hurst

Ms. Hurst is the Director, MBA Programs, responsible for the MBA and Executive MBA programs. She has worked for the University of South Florida for over 25 years – previously she was the Director of the Small Business Development Center for eleven years, specializing in Women/Minority Business Development, Start-up, Business Planning, and Leadership. She is passionate about women professionals and business owners in supporting each other, developing a strong network and work-life balance issues. She was a small business columnist for the Maddux Business Report. Ms. Hurst was named “2006 Business Woman on The Year” by Indo-US Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay for her community involvements in general and her contributions to the Asian business community in particular. Ms. Hurst graduated with a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. Her current community involvement:

  • Board of Directors – Asian American Chambers of Commerce Foundation, Inc. – President
  • Board of Directors – USF Federal Credit Union – ALCO and CARE Committees
  • Board of Directors – Tampa Bay Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO) – Loan Committee
  • Board of Directors – the Minority Enterprise Development Corporation of Tampa Bay – Treasurer
  • Small Business of The Year at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce – Committee member
  • Board of Directors – Tampa Bay Innovation Center – Vetting Committee

Dipa Shah

Dipawali (“Dipa”) S. Shah is Of Counsel with the Tampa office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. Dipa has experience in and focuses her practice on Health Care law, Corporate law, and Educational issues. Dipa’s clients include healthcare professionals and educational institutions.

Dipa offers a wealth of legal and business experience insights into the challenges presented at the intersection of business and healthcare. Dipa is a trusted advisor and counselor to physicians, medical practices, pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies, and other healthcare professionals.

Dipa has a passion and commitment to education and has experience in education policy and educational administration and management. She serves as the Vice Chair of the Hillsborough Community College.

Minesh Patel

Minesh Patel is the CEO of PBP International, Inc, an International Business Development Consultancy. He is also a Director for Business Development and Investor Relations for a Private Multinational group operating in 4 continents. He is also an investor in several Start-Ups, established ventures and Real Estate Development companies in Florida.

He is Past President of Tampa West Rotary Club and Rotary GSE Ambassador.

He is also a Charter Member of TieCon TAMPA BAY Chapter and recipient of several Community Service and Business Achievement Awards.

He has been a resident of Tampa for last 20 years.

Dilip Patel

Dilip is an attorney and has practiced law in the Tampa area since 1990. He is well known for his Immigration expertise but also handles sophisticated business transactions.

He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Florida Bar.

Dilip is with Tampa office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, a nationally recognized firm.

Dilip previously served as General Counsel for an international IT services and outsourcing company. While there, he oversaw the company’s initial public offering (IPO) and managed all legal aspects of the company’s many acquisitions, including companies in the U.K., France, Northern Ireland, Australia, Japan and the U.S.

Dilip graduated with his LL.B law degree from the London School of Economics and practiced law in London as a Solicitor for five years before moving to the United States. He received his J.D. law degree from Florida State University College of Law in 1990. He has been rated A-V by Martindale Hubbell and selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law. Mr. Patel is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Dilip was born in Uganda and moved to England at age 10. He has lived in Florida since 1988.