President | Northland Properties Corporation
Tom started in the Gaglardi family business at a young age. He began his career in the hospitality industry at the age of 14 serving as a busboy in the restaurant of one of his family’s downtown Vancouver hotels, and has worked in every area of the business since. Upon completion of his studies at the University of British Columbia, Tom joined the organization as a Regional Manager of the Sandman Hotel Group. At the age of 23, he was promoted to President of the hotel group, and at 26 became President of Northland Properties Corporation (the family’s parent company), which is now the largest family-owned hospitality company in Canada.
From there, he has been intimately involved with the expansion of the company’s portfolio of hotels, restaurants and real estate holdings. Some highlights are the acquisition of the Moxie’s restaurant chain in 1998, which is now a national restaurant chain, and the development of the Denny’s restaurant chain across Canada into the market leader in the family restaurant segment starting with a single restaurant opened in northern British Columbia in 1991. The family’s primary focus continues to be its hotel companies, and both are continuing a rapid pace of expansion across the country, into the United Kingdom and more recently into the USA market.
Tom currently serves as Chairman and CEO of each of Northland’s operating companies, which includes the Sandman Hotel Group, Sutton Place Hotel Company, Chop Steakhouse & Bar Group, Shark Club Bar & Grill Group, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort along with other hospitality companies. He is also the owner and governor of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, AHL’s Texas Stars and the Dallas Stars Hockey Club of the NHL.