Eastern Hospitality Advisors announced two appointments to succeed Douglas Vanstrom, current President and CEO, who recently announced his retirement. Effective April 2, 2019, Shane Vanstrom has been appointed CEO and Sam LaGambina has been appointed President
Douglas Vanstrom, who founded Eastern Hospitality Advisors in 1984, has served as President and CEO since the company’s inception and will remain with the company in the role of advisor. He will remain involved with the continued growth of the company.
“I am pleased to announce Shane Vanstrom as our next CEO and Sam LaGambina as our next President,” said Douglas Vanstrom. He continued to say that “Shane and Sam are proven and respected leaders who have delivered strong operating results through a relentless commitment to our clients and to our people. I am confident that they will lead this company to great success in the years to come.”
Vanstrom also commented “Having served 34 years as President and CEO for over two decades in an executive leadership role, I feel this is the right time for a leadership change. It has been my honor and privilege to serve this great company. I am proud of the people of Eastern Hospitality Advisors and the businesses we are building.”
Shane Vanstrom has been with Eastern Hospitality Advisors, learning every facet of the business, since starting with EHA the day after he graduated from college 13 years ago. Sam LaGambina is a seasoned construction professional with nearly 30 years of experience, having worked in a leadership capacity for most of that time. He has worked for two of Buffalo, New York’s most prominent real estate development companies as well as for a notable real estate development/construction management company in Sarasota, Florida, and an ENR Top 100 specialty contractor. Sam will be celebrating his third anniversary with Eastern Hospitality Advisors this coming October.
This announcement comes with the successful culmination of a multiyear succession plan. Shane and Sam have worked closely with Douglas Vanstrom over the years, and we look forward to what they will bring to the company. 2019 will be a significant year for Eastern Hospitality Advisors as it continues to position itself for the future.
Shane and Sam have both stated that they are honored to be named CEO and President, respectively, and would like to thank Douglas Vanstrom for his confidence in them to lead this organization and their efforts to grow the company.