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First Hospitality Acquires Hostmark Hospitality Group

Strategic acquisition adds depth and breadth to First Hospitality’s portfolio

By Todd R. Berger

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The Voco Chicago Downtown is one of 17 Hostmark Hospitality Group properties acquired by First Hospitality. | Courtesy Hostmark Hospitality Group

First Hospitality, a national hotel management and development company based in Chicago, acquired the majority of the hotel management agreements of Hostmark Hospitality Group, headquartered in Schaumburg. This strategic move significantly expands the company’s geographic presence, augments its collection of restaurants and bars, and promises to bring added benefits to its expanded portfolio, which will include more than 70 hotels nationwide.

“Our alignment with Hostmark Hospitality Group fits well with our strategy of being the first and obvious choice in every market we serve,” says David Duncan, president and CEO of First Hospitality, in a prepared statement. “With our experienced team and strong operational capabilities, we are well-positioned to provide increased value to all our owners and partners, including the Hostmark community. This acquisition positions us for further accelerated growth in key markets throughout the U.S. and builds deeper relationships with hotel ownership groups that prioritize superior financial performance, enriched guest experiences, and increased associate satisfaction.”

The transaction adds 17 hotels to the company’s management portfolio, bringing the total to over 70 hotels with more than 10,000 keys and supported by over 3,200 world-class associates. The company’s footprint now extends to markets in California, Texas, and Florida, while further strengthening its presence in key Midwestern markets.

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with First Hospitality,” says Jerry Cataldo, president and CEO of Hostmark Hospitality Group. “This next chapter in our story aligns us with a team that shares our values, our passion, and our dedication to delivering outstanding hospitality management.”

This integration promises several advantages, including attracting top-tier talent, improved operational efficiencies, and investments aimed at optimizing hotel performance and guest experiences.

Closing of the transaction, which is subject to customary third-party approvals, is scheduled for early fourth quarter.