Hospitality industry veteran and long-time Hostmark Hospitality Group management executive France Langan has been appointed GM for the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. Bob Cataldo, vice chairman and COO of Hostmark Hospitality Group, made the announcement. Langan joins the staff of more than 300 after a 12-year position managing the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.
“We are happy to introduce one of our top managers from Hostmark Hospitality Group to the community,” Cataldo said in a statement. “Pheasant Run’s guests and employees will benefit from his operations expertise and keen leadership skills as the resort’s important revitalization continues, seamlessly maintaining our guests’ utmost comfort and service.”
Recently, a Tower guestroom and lobby redesign completed as part of an ongoing investment of millions of dollars in property and facility improvements completed. Since 2013, Hostmark Hospitality Group has overseen upgrades including a new exterior building façade, flooring, lighting and HVAC systems in the 33,000-square-foot Mega Center, as well as improvements to the property’s infrastructure, exterior landscaping and signage. The resort welcomes over 300,000 visitors each year to its Mega Center, theater and dining outlets, including Harvest and Jambalaya.
Langan, a 30-year hospitality veteran, most recently worked as director of sales and marketing at the 521-room and 25,000-square-foot meeting destination, Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. While there, he was awarded both Director of Sales of the Year for Hostmark Hospitality and the 2014 Hostmark President’s Award for outstanding achievement.
Since beginning his career in hospitality, Langan has worked for numerous top hoteliers and immersed himself in learning the various roles and career paths available. His desire to grow and learn helped him quickly rise in management roles where he earned a reputation as a revenue management expert and outside-the-box marketer. He excelled at directing sales and marketing before taking the lead as GM for international brands, and his accolades also include being awarded as the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association’s Hotelier of the Year.
Langan is an avid networker, past president of HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association of Illinois), recent past chairman of the River North Business Association and a current board member and an active member of Choose Chicago. He holds a business administration degree from St. Louis College and calls Lombard, Illinois home.