France Langan

About

France began his career in Hospitality with the Marriott Corporation learning from the ground up while finishing his degree in Business Administration from St. Louis College. Starting out as a Doorman at the Marriott Pavilion Hotel in downtown St. Louis, France was quickly noticed by upper management and his desire to grow and learn soon had him enrolled in Marriott’s Management Training Program. His career progressed steadily as he was transferred to Chicago’s Marriott Michigan Avenue followed by Marriott Lincolnshire Resort where he received Marriott’s Manager Award for “Better Corn;” something founder Bill Marriott strove for his entire life to improve the quality of everything around him. France immersed himself in learning the business and fellow colleagues naturally called on him when opportunities arose within their organizations. It was only a matter of time before France decided to leave the Marriott structure of nearly ten years and start a new path as an accomplished and award-winning Revenue Manager. France went on to join the Anvan Corporation; a Wisconsin Group of Resorts and Chicago Hotels helping to structure systems and market resources. As Regional Revenue Director, France quickly gained a reputation for being an outside the box marketer, quick to get things done, and had great success raising occupancies and ADR’s. Once again the colleagues gained throughout France’s career sought him for an unusual promotion with a new company; Shell Hospitality. France was named Director of Sales & Marketing, as well as oversaw Front Desk Operations, for the largest Best Western Hotel in the chain. He quickly built teams that wanted to make their mark and successfully put the Best Western Inn of Chicago on the list of go-to properties for the Convention and Tourism Bureau. After three successful years of raising occupancies and average daily rates to record levels, France was promoted to General Manager of the Best Western Inn of Chicago. At age 33, France was now the youngest General Manager of a full-service hotel in downtown Chicago and in 1997 he was named ‘Hotelier of the Year’ for the State of Illinois. France was promoted yet again by Shell Hospitality and spent his time traveling nationally and internationally as the Operations Manager as he assisted Shell Vacations to establish Vacation Ownership operations. He quickly built on his reputation for developing existing teams into sales and service focused with his easy, hands-on demeanor. A driven desire to learn and grow, France moved on to open three new build hotels for Hawthorn Suites, Marriott, and Carlson as General Manager. France is now in is eleventh year as the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Flagship Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza; managed by Hostmark Hospitality. Winner of four ‘Director of Sales’ of the year awards from Hostmark Hospitality and the 2014 recipient of the Hostmark President’s Award for Superior Service and Hospitality. Under France’s direction the Mart Plaza continues year after year to exceed occupancies and RevPAR amongst their competition. He 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.
Videos (1)
Full Service Hospitality On All Levels
Full Service Hospitality On All Levels
Company Spotlight in Tech
Scout Security, Inc.
videos (1)
AAron Dannenbring
G2 Crowd
videos (1)
Tim Handorf
Allant Group
videos (1)
Gaurav Issar
EZLinks Golf
videos (1)
Gary Cohen
Solving IT
videos (1)
Paul Taylor
Label Insight
videos (1)
Paul Schaut
HERE
videos (1)
AAron Dannenbring
#FoodieChats
videos (1)
Steve Green
CodeNow
videos (1)
Neal Sales-Griffin
Drivin
videos (1)
Kayne Grau
ITPeopleNetwork
videos (1)
Amit Dutta
Malwarebytes
videos (1)
Marcin Kleczynski
Techstars Chicago
videos (1)
Troy Henikoff
Insuresoft
videos (1)
Tony Villa
CloudCraze
videos (1)
Ray Grady
1871
videos (1)
Howard Tullman
Retrofit, Inc.
videos (1)
Mary Pigatti
Keeper Security, Inc.
videos (1)
Darren Guccione
BMW Technology Corporation
videos (1)
Randy Cavaiani
Chicago Inno
videos (1)
Will Flanagan
LaunchPad Lab
videos (1)
Tom Cullen
Trading Technologies
videos (1)
Rick Lane
Tock
videos (1)
Nick Kokonas
mLevel
videos (1)
Dave Cutler
Access Mobility 24
videos (1)
Joe Wright
ExteNet Systems, Inc.
videos (1)
Ross Manire
4C Insights
videos (1)
Alok Choudhary
Ensono
videos (1)
Jeff VonDeylen
TechNexus
videos (1)
Terry Howerton
Integrated Project Management
videos (1)
Mike McLeod
Reltio
videos (1)
Manish Sood
SG Interactive
videos (1)
Jordan Levin
Emmi Solutions
videos (1)
Devin Gross
Kapow
videos (1)
Marc Halpin
Rise Interactive
videos (1)
Jon Morris
eComfort.com
videos (1)
Pavel Sokolovsky
SimpleRelevance, Inc.
videos (2)
Erik Severinghaus
Netrix, LLC.
videos (1)
Rob Dang
Technori
videos (1)
Scott Kitun
alligatortek
videos (1)
Sid Bala
Heidolph NA
videos (1)
Jim Dawson
Charlie
videos (1)
Aaron Frazin
8th Light
videos (1)
Paul Pagel
Reliefwatch
videos (1)
Daniel Yu
CBIZ, Inc.
Jerome Grisko
Cision
videos (1)
Kevin Akeroyd
AMPY
videos (1)
Tejas Shastry
Cleverbridge
videos (1)
Craig Vodnik