Norwalk Patch

LaKota Hotels & Resorts recently named Sam L. Haigh as General Manager of LaKota Oaks, Connecticut’s premier event and conference center, formerly known as Dolce Norwalk. Sam Haigh is responsible for all aspects of the operation including sales, marketing, guest experience, culinary, human resources and property management.

Soon after Queens Plaza West LLC announced the acquisition of LaKota Oaks, LaKota Hotels & Resorts quickly set into motion plans for the redesign of guest rooms and amenity areas, as well as all rebranding and marketing campaigns. Sam, a native of Norwalk and graduate of Brien McMahon High School will bring over 18 years of success in the hospitality industry as a leader of luxury resorts, conference centers and boutique hotels to LaKota Oaks. Local Norwalk resident, Sam, received his B.S. in hospitality and tourism from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to joining LaKota Oaks, Sam served as Corporate Director of Operations for LaKota Hotels & Resorts and provided consulting services to hotel owners and operators through his company, Fairwater Hospitality LLC

“I am thrilled to take the reins of this exceptional event and conference destination and work with this outstanding team of service professionals” said Sam. “I’m excited to reconnect with the Norwalk community and take part in the growth and success of this magnificent 121-room, 66-acre property.” “This facility has been Connecticut’s best kept secret far too long – with our amazing team, we’re geared to quickly make it the destination of choice for social events, conferences and offsite retreats,” said Haigh.

Sam’s previous experience includes serving as General Manager for the 239-room Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ, where he achieved the best financial and guest service performance in the history of the property. Sam also led operations at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, New Jersey and served in key management roles in several properties with Hyatt Regency Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and InterContinental Hotels. For more information: www.lakotaoaks.com

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