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  • "Leadership Albany empowers relationships, networking and learning beyond the "typical" leadership courses. I was probably one of the few people that was "familiar" with each of subject days; but there was not one day that I did not walk away with greater understanding. This program provides a pathway to connect deeper in the community and provides fundamental skills that are transferable to any environment or any locale."

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 | Published on 7/28/2015
Milan Patel
Real Estate and Retail Developer

From a professional perspective, Milan Patel is passionate about breathing new life into projects by transforming old or outdated properties and finding new life for them.


Personally, Patel describes himself as a generalist, finding pleasure in many things life has to offer; often looking for new adventures.


In his off time, Milan can often be found at the gym or participating in some degree of sporting activity; with his nose embedded in a newspaper or magazine reading up on the news of the day or spending quality time with friends and family.


A native of Newnan, Ga., Patel says his brain is always churning out new ideas of ways to improve his business or is working to create a new vision for Albany.


He’s been married to his wife Ami, a teacher, for 9 years.