Kiva Internship Program Invites Participates to Help Combat Poverty

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Kiva Internship Program

Bharat Lall possesses more than two decades of experience in the hospitality industry and leads Pinnacle Hotels USA in managing hotel properties in Texas, Ohio, and California. Beyond his obligations to the firm, Bharat Lall supports the international nonprofit microloan company Kiva. Kiva fosters the lending of mircoloans to alleviate poverty and encourages donors to change lives through its Kiva Internship Program.

The program highlights Kiva’s dedication to social impact and creating new opportunities for local and international communities. Over the course of the six month internship, interns will engage in hands-on learning experiences across a range of business units and contribute to meaningful projects. Interns work in teams organized according to their skills, strengths, and career goals, with possible teams ranging from program and product management to microfinance partnerships and community support.

Internships are part-time volunteer positions and require participants to work in a fast-paced environment. Furthermore, applicants must commit to the full six months and adhere to a time commitment of volunteering at least three days each week. College students considering the program must ensure they can balance their course load with the three-days-a-week volunteer schedule.

The Four Points by Sheraton in San Diego, California


Renovations to the Four Points by Sheraton San Diego Downtown

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Four Points by Sheraton


In 2014, officials with San Diego-based Pinnacle Hotels USA, founded in 1998 by Bharat Lall, announced the completion of the Four Points by Sheraton’s $3.5 million renovations. According to Bharat Lall, the extensive rennovations took 18 months to complete.

Pinnacle purchased the property (formerly a Holiday Inn) for around $17.4 million in 2011. Originally constructed in 1970, the round 220-room hotel, located in downtown San Diego, California, now boasts a newly renovated lobby, updated meeting rooms, as well as an updated fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. Newly added valet service, proximity to the Convention Center and free airport shuttles make it an attractive option for business travelers and tourists alike.

The Four Points by Sheraton offers quality on-site amenities and uncompromising service near some of San Diego’s most notable landmarks, including, Balboa Park, the San Diego Concourse, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Little Italy. It also features a full-service restaurant and bar, and rooms with a spectacular view of the San Diego skyline.

SDSU Climbs in U.S. News and World Report College Rankings


San Diego State University (SDSU)
San Diego State University (SDSU)

Bharat Lall serves as the president and CEO of San Diego, California-based Pinnacle Hotels USA. Outside of his work, Bharat Lall supports a number of local institutions, including San Diego State University (SDSU).

U.S. News and World Report placed SDSU at No. 74 among public universities in its latest rankings of colleges in the United States. As reported by the SDSU NewsCenter on September 13, 2016, the report also put the school at No. 146 among all universities (public and private). This ranking reflects an upward shift of 37 spots since 2011, when SDSU came in at No. 183 overall.

The U.S. News and World Report issue also highlighted a few of SDSU’s more successful programs, including its international business program and the overall undergraduate business program, which earned spots at Nos. 14 and 77, respectively. Further, SDSU claimed a spot among the top 20 national schools for students incurring the least amount of student debt.

A Closer Look at the Segments of the Hospitality Industry

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Pinnacle Hotels USA

Twenty-seven years ago, Bharat Lall invested in his first real estate property – a small motel near a U.S. Navy base. Economic opportunities allowed Bharat Lall to expand his business into a corporation called Pinnacle Hotels USA. A hotel is a common example of an establishment in the hospitality industry.

There are three categories that define the hospitality industry, namely, food and beverage, accommodations, and travel and tourism. Accommodations – hotels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts – provide lodging to travelers and tourists. In 2014, the hotel industry generated revenue of $176 billion in the United States.

Food and beverage is a broad market, encompassing all kinds of food establishments. From restaurants to food processing, this segment holds the biggest share of the hospitality industry. It also complements other commercial markets, and accounted for a total revenue of over $600 billion in 2013.

Travel and tourism includes all modes of transportation and their respective staff. This segment requires large numbers of employees with technical expertise in information technology. Its main purpose is to provide mobility and ease of access to other segments in the hospitality industry.

San Diego Indian American Society’s Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship Program

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San Diego Indian American Society

Before Bharat Lall became president of Pinnacle Hotels, USA, he once worked as one of the staff at a motel. Today, Bharat Lall is a known figure in the hospitality industry. He is also an active member of the San Diego Indian American Society.

The San Diego Indian American Society was established in 1984, and one of its first projects was the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship program. Named after the Indian political leader, the scholarship program is awarded to students who exemplify academic excellence and active community involvement. Most past recipients have had a 4.0 general grade point average, and were nominated by their respective schools. The scholarship is given to deserving candidates irrespective of their race or ethnic origin.

To date, the San Diego Indian American Society has awarded scholarships to 350 students at the secondary level. These students were also given cash awards, funded through trust-fund interests and contributions of the Indian American community.

Pinnacle Hotels USA Purchases and Renovates Select Properties

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Pinnacle Hotels USA

Under the leadership of CEO Bharat Lall, Pinnacle Hotels USA has dedicated itself for some 20 years to establishing quality accommodations. Bharat Lall’s later acquisitions include the renovation of two hotels in San Diego: The Four Points by Sheraton and Radisson Hotel San Diego-Rancho Bernardo.

The Four Points by Sheraton offers amenities near some of the city’s best-known attractions. Its 220 smoke-free rooms include wireless Internet and access for guests who are disabled. The Four Points also features a full-service restaurant and bar as well as a completely equipped fitness center. An 8-foot deep end invites diving into a heated outdoor pool. Views from the rooms reveal a spectacular skyline.

Several notable landmarks such as Balboa Park lie within walking distance. Also, a few blocks away are the San Diego Concourse and the popular restaurants of the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy.

Pinnacle also owns the Radisson Hotel San Diego-Rancho Bernardo. On-site benefits include a business center, free Wi-Fi, a spa, an in-house Hertz Rental center, and a free shuttle. A multilingual staff stands ready to assist you.