Elson Strahan, former Fort Vancouver National Trust president and CEO, has joined Vancouver-based Vesta Hospitality as vice president of investor relations, Vesta has announced.
Strahan will work with Rick Takach, Vesta’s president and CEO, and other company executives to raise investment funds for future acquisitions of hotel properties to add to properties under Vesta’s ownership and management, Takach said in a news release. Takach co-founded Vesta in 1986, and the company maintains a portfolio of 13 properties across the U.S. and Canada.
Strahan served for about 12 years as president and CEO of the Fort Vancouver National Trust before leaving the president post last fall and the CEO position in March of this year. Prior to his departure, Strahan completed a multiyear fundraising campaign for the trust’s acquisition of the Providence Academy, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd., which opened in 1873 as a school and orphanage. The trust is seeking to raise $5 million for renovation and historical interpretation upgrades at the Academy.
Before his time at the trust, Strahan spent 19 years as president of the Clark College Foundation. During his tenure, the foundation increased its financial resources to become one of the nation’s top community college foundations.
“Vesta is an exceptional company with nearly two decades of demonstrated success that has laid the foundation for an outstanding future, one that I look forward to being a part of,” Strahan said in a statement.
Takach said Strahan “brings additional expertise and has the integrity and commitment to excellence that is essential for us as we continue to build relationships with current and prospective individual investors.”