Ramola Motwani is the Chairwoman of Merrimac Ventures, a real estate management, investment, and development company with interests in the US and India. The company is based in Fort Lauderdale, FL where it employs over 100 people. Merrimac Ventures has properties in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Missouri.
Ms. Motwani began her 35+ year business career in the US with an import/export business she started with her late husband Bob Motwani in St. Charles, MO. In the mid-1980’s, they expanded the business into hotels by purchasing numerous properties on the Fort Lauderdale Beach. They owned and operated (among others) the Merrimac and Gold Coast Beach Resort Hotels on the Fort Lauderdale Beach together for many years until Bob passed away in 1994. Ramola took over the entire company, while also raising two sons, Nitin and Dev. She has operated over 12 hotels all over Broward County, predominantly on Fort Lauderdale Beach. She also managed to expand the business while becoming one of the most active local community members on Fort Lauderdale Beach. She put together the group to bring back the Fort Lauderdale Air Show in 2012.
Mrs. Motwani is very active in the Fort Lauderdale community and has been a major component in beach development and redevelopment issues. She was instrumental in securing major sponsors to assist with the cost of updating the wave-wall lights when the city didn’t have the funding to do so. She recently planned the Centennial Beachfest celebration with the entire City Commission, and she started the annual holiday lights effort on the beach. She was also the founding Chairwomen of the annual Jeb Bush Classic Beach Bash fundraiser benefitting Cystic Fibrosis, and recently Co-Chaired the Mayors Gala benefitting the United Way.
Recently, she was appointed by the county mayor to the Tourist Development Council, which oversees all tourism-related monies and efforts for the county. She is an active member of the Broward Workshop, serving on both the Education and Government Relations Committee. She recently served on the Advisory Committee for the Business Improvement District on the Fort Lauderdale Beach, was recently the Vice Chair of the Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board which advises the Fort Lauderdale City Commission, and is the Former Chair of the Beach Council, a group she has actively participated in as a Chamber of Commerce Trustee for over 20 years. She is a State Board Member of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and was appointed by the governor’s office to the FL Commission on the Status of Women.
Her civic-minded affiliations include being a volunteer with the Citizens Volunteer Corps, Trustee of the South Florida Hindu Temple for 14 years, Vice President of the India – US Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Sindhi Association of S. Florida. She is also a member of the Alliance of the Associations of Sindhi’s in America.
Ramola was born and raised in India and received her law degree from the Government Law College located in Mumbai, India. She recently won the 2006 Chamber Women’s Circle of Excellence Award for Hospitality and the 2007 Salute to Business Award. She has also been honored by the March of Dimes, among many other charities.