President & Chief Operating Officer
First Hospitality Group, Inc.
Robert J. Habeeb’s passionate leadership philosophy is founded on the principle that First Hospitality Group has 3 key constituencies, each of whom are equally critical to our overall success: Our guests, our associates and our investors. Further, FHG has an identical mission toward each group, which is to market to them and garner their loyalty. This focus is emphasized by the successful systems that Mr. Habeeb has created for gathering feedback, providing meaningful incentives and building a strong and effective culture. His approach has recently earned him the Industry Leader of the Year by the School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association at Michigan State University, as well as being inducted into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame at the School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association’s Annual Celebration of Leadership. In the past few years, he has also received Wabash & Lake’s Corporate Evangelist Award, The Illinois Hotel Association’s Hotelier of the Year award, and Global Hotelier of the year for 2007.
Mr. Habeeb is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of high profile, multiunit experience in hotel, resort and food and beverage management. Prior to joining FHG in 1997 he was the COO of the U. S. resort subsidiary of London’s Rank Group, PLC (owners of the Hard Rock Café’s) where he was responsible for a multifaceted portfolio of hotel, restaurant and leisure businesses. Over his career, he has successfully operated hospitality businesses in virtually every aspect of the industry including luxury, select service, resort hotels, restaurants and golf and ski operations in every setting imaginable.
In addition to his duties at FHG, Mr. Habeeb serves as a member of the adjunct faculty of Chicago’s Roosevelt University, where he teaches at a graduate level in the Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality Management. He has served on numerous industry boards and brand advisory councils, and is currently Chairman of the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association.
Mr. Habeeb can be contacted at 847-299-9040 or firstname.lastname@example.org