LaKota Hotels & Resorts was founded by the former leaders of two long time competitors, Sam Haigh, former President of Benchmark Hospitality, and Andy and Danny Dolce, former Chairman and former Vice President of Global Sales of Dolce Hotels and Resorts, to specialize in turning around under-performing hotels and resorts through its operating and asset management platforms.

The LaKota principals organized a strong team of individuals with the skills and history of taking over failing hospitality assets, repositioning the properties, retooling the operations, and energizing the sales and marketing efforts to achieve extraordinary financial results for ownership. The combined experience of Sam Haigh and Andy Dolce alone includes the successful operation of over 100 hotels, resorts, and conference centers, and the generation of over $1 billion in revenue, many of them resuscitated distressed assets