Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts undergoes corporate restructure
Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts recently announced a new corporate leadership structure.
Effective Aug. 1, Tony Lapi has assumed the role of chairman of the board and president, with Doug Babcock now leading the day-to-day operations as chief executive officer and vice president.
“I’ve learned a lot about the hospitality industry in Southwest Florida these past 42 years,” Lapi said. “And I’ve had the great pleasure to work side by side with Doug Babcock the past nine years. This transition has been part of our long-term strategy that will allow our corporation to continue its growth and success, while providing ongoing opportunities to support our community, through valuable employment and charitable contributions.”
“I’m thrilled to have the chance to lead an outstanding corporation that’s been built by the integrity, quality and hard work not only of Tony Lapi, but every one of our employees over the years,” Babcock said. “In the hospitality world today, your employees are your ambassadors, your representatives of your brand and how our guests will most remember their experiences. The fact that we’ve grown, and are such highly rated on travel review sites, speaks to the quality of our people.”
Both Lapi and Babcock are majority owners of the corporation. Lapi first purchased with others the ‘Tween Waters Inn in 1976, then added Beachview Cottages in 1979 and Castaways Cottages in 1982. With family ownership of the ‘Tween Waters Inn and West Wind Inn, Babcock was key in the addition of West Wind Inn to Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts in 2015, along with the launch of Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals in 2018.
Both graduates of Syracuse University, the men have and continue to serve various organizations, councils and boards related to hospitality, tourism, community causes and water quality issues.