January 21, 2016 – Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC has placed Brian Costanzo as president and chief executive officer of SOCAP International. He replaces Matthew D’uva, who spent nearly a decade with the organization and announced his decision to move on in June.
The search was led by Vetted Solutions president James Zaniello and search partner Richard Green. Together, Messrs. Green and Zaniello provide decades of experience in executive search and association management.
Formerly senior vice president of business development at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Mr. Costanzo will lead SOCAP drawing on his extensive background in hospitality, customer engagement and non-profit leadership. He previously held a number of positions with leading hospitality companies, including assignments with Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the Hotel Group, and the Signature Hospitality Group. He also owned and operated Vision Hospitality, a San Francisco-based meeting and event planning, staffing and training firm.
“Brian brings knowledge, skills and experience from both the non-profit and hospitality management perspectives,” said Marie Shubin of E&J Gallo, SOCAP’s immediate past board chair. “We are particularly impressed by his demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, share knowledge across industries, build strong networking capabilities and grow membership.”
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SOCAP International serves customer care professionals worldwide across a broad spectrum of industries, supporting the consumer affairs industry. The organization promotes an integrated approach to customer care as a necessary component of successful business strategy and has produced studies, conferences, and literature reflecting the latest trends in consumer affairs, covering best practices and technological developments.
Vetted Solutions specializes in executive searches for the non-profit and association sectors. The firm focuses on recruiting board members, CEOs and senior staff positions for prominent and well-known organizations nationwide. Vetted Solutions has completed searches for a number of organizations, including placing the president for El-Hibri Foundation and the chief learning officer for the American Society of Association Executives.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media