Easton’s Group: a new president and kudos galore
TORONTO — Reetu Gupta has just been named president and CEO of Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group. Her father, Dr. Steve Gupta will become founder and chairman, while her brother, Suraj K. Gupta will continue as chief investment officer. Easton’s Group of Hotels is also basking in the limelight of two Design Awards from Hotelier Magazine, plus numerous awards for the company principals, Dr. Steve and Reetu Gupta.
Last night, Dr. Steve Gupta addressed the staff of the two companies to announce Reetu’s new role.
“Reetu has been working at the company for the past 20 years, working as a receptionist at the office headquarters, as well as accounting and payroll, before shifting over to the hotels where she worked at the front desk, and made her way into sales,” her father said.
“Reetu, we are so proud of you and your accomplishments in our companies and across the industry.
“While I shift into my role of founder and chairman of both companies, I know that your passion and dedication will take our company into its next chapter, as we embrace and celebrate the Easton’s Group 40th Anniversary next year.”
Since achieving her MBA in 2008, Reetu quickly added hotels to the portfolio while also diversifying the company’s assets into residential real estate in 2012.
In the past eight months Reetu has won four awards, including being named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, and Entrepreneur of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
Last year, Reetu and her brother, Suraj, founded and launched Rogue Insight Capital, a private venture capital firm; a further diversification of the company’s assets.
Suraj joined the company last year as chief investment officer of the Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group, while also maintaining his role as president and CEO of Rogue Insight Capital.
Suraj graduated with honours with his MBA from Columbia Business School and is unequivocally of world leader material. When he was 16 years old, The Globe and Mail completed a profile on Suraj’s accomplishments at a young age, touting him as Canada’s next prime minister.
As Reetu steps into her new role, her father, Dr. Steve K. Gupta will shift into the role of founder and chairman of both companies.
When speaking to Reetu about these changes, she noted that the family works very well together. “When I was offered this role, I told my dad that I was so honoured and excited to continue to work together in this new capacity, because as a family we are a force to be reckoned with,” she joked.
About The Gupta Group Portfolio
The Easton’s Group of Hotels, which hits its 40th anniversary next year, is Canada’s largest private hotel development company, owning and operating a portfolio of brands that includes IHG, Marriott and Hilton. The Easton’s Group of Hotels welcomes over one million guests each year and has won various awards including Hilton Developer of the Year and the Marriott Partnership award.
Reetu created and launched the Gupta Group five years ago, as the parent company to The Easton’s Group and the residential arm of the company. The Gupta Group has two condo developments currently under construction in downtown Toronto.
Rogue Insight Capital Ltd., launched by Reetu and Suraj in September 2017, is an angel investment firm owned by the Gupta Group that invests in cutting-edge start-ups from all around the globe. Rogue’s mandate is finding, funding, and coaching great young companies from inception to a successful exit. With a portfolio spanning five continents, Rogue has made investments in clean technology, artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, hospitality, consumer marketplaces, human resource
Dr. Steve Gupta’s recent awards:
— Transformation Institute and Diversity Media, “Person of the Year” Award: In addition, to the amazing honour of “Person of the Year”, Dr. Steve Gupta will also be featured in this year’s book titled, “150 Extraordinary Canadians: Our Leadership and Innovation Legacy” – June 2018
Reetu Gupta’s recent awards:
— Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award: Presented by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) at the 8th Annual Awards and Gala The Annual Gala and Awards Night is a marquee event where we promote trade and commerce between India and Canada and recognize the achievements of Indo-Canadians from all across Canada – June 2018
— Pink Attitude, Presented by Pink Attitude 2018, the Rising Star Award: Presented to a “Game Changing” South Asian Woman recognized for her exceptional social, political, and economic achievements – March 2018
— Anokhi Media’s 2017, Business Executive of the Year Award: Presented by Anokhi Media, Canada’s leading multi-platform South Asian entertainment, lifestyle and events company, at the 10th Annual Anokhi Awards – November 2017
— Canada`s Top 40 Under 40; a dynamic award program with over 1000 nominations, identifies outstanding young achievers, visionaries, and innovators in Canadian business that are changing the way that things are done. Reetu was the only honouree from the real estate sector and one of just nine women to receive this designation – June 2017
In addition to these four awards, she has worked tirelessly to give back to community. Reetu’s appointments and charitable achievements include work as a board member for the Design Exchange, Zonetail Inc., Women in Tourism & Hospitality Conference, Ted Rogers School of Management and Hospitality Board and the TIFF Young Professionals Group. She is also founder and president of The Shakti Society, leading complimentary meditation sessions once a month, president of the World Spiritual Awareness Forum, brand ambassador for Water Aid, and an online blogger and contributor to the Huffington Post.
Easton’s Group of Hotels — Recent Awards
— Hotelier Magazine Design Awards – Westin Toronto Airport for the Category of 200+ Rooms – Lobby Design – September 2018
— Hotelier Magazine Design Awards – Embassy Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport for the Category of 200+ Rooms – Renovated Space Design – September 2018
— Hilton Hotels and Resorts Developer of the Year Award – 2017
— IHG Quality Excellence Award – Staybridge Suites Guelph – 2017
— Marriott Outstanding Contribution to the System Award – 2017
— IHG Renovation Award – Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport – 2017
Written by Canadian Lodging