Sam Haigh, former president & chief operating officer of Benchmark Hospitality and former president of Doral Hotels and Resorts, in partnership with Andy and Danny Dolce, former chairman and VP development for Dolce International, brought together a strong team of hospitality veterans in 2013 to organize a new operating company. Each of these individuals has specific experience in new hospitality openings and in the type of turnaround situations and group centric operations that LaKota is targeting.

Our mission is to focus on new hotel, resort and conference center openings where we can apply the same successful positioning, staffing, pre-opening marketing, and post opening operational skills that we employed at projects like Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center, The Chattanoogan, and Stonewall Jackson Resort, and also to focus on under-performing hotels, resorts, and conference centers where we can apply the same repositioning and operational turnaround expertise that we successfully employed at projects like Arrowwood of Westchester, Scanticon Princeton, Lansdowne Conference Center, Harrison Virginia Crossings, Hilton Turtle Bay Resort, Tarrytown House, the DFW Hilton, and most recently, The National Conference Center and the former Dolce Norwalk, now rebranded LaKota Oaks.