Pheasant Run Resort Black Friday Deals Released

Pheasant Run Resort is continuing the long-standing tradition of the Black Friday gift card sale. A Pheasant Run gift card is valid for overnight accommodations and so much more like tickets to the Mainstage Theater or Zanies Comedy Club, dining, drinks, the spa, or golf course.

Pheasant Run Resort Indoor/Outdoor Pool

Pheasant Run Resort Indoor/Outdoor Pool

Pheasant Run Resort reveals today the details of their Black Friday gift card sale. With so many uses, a gift card for Pheasant Run allows consumers the opportunity to get their gift shopping done for everyone on their list from the comfort of their own homes.

To help consumers match gift cards to family and friends on their nice list, Pheasant Run has put together a list of top ten gift ideas, all of which can be purchased with a Pheasant Run gift card.

Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run

1.    Live Entertainment – Big shows in an intimate setting with dinner and cool drinks just steps away. You're sure to find something for everyone on your list in our Mainstage Theater. Tickets range from $10-$50

2.    Dinner & A Show - Give the gift of a night out with upscale farm-to-fork fare at Harvest and tickets to a show on the Mainstage or comedy at Zanies. Starting at $99 per couple

Holiday Family Fun at Pheasant Run Resort

3.    Family Fun - The whole family will enjoy a getaway with swimming in the indoor/outdoor pool and family activities this winter! Rates Start at $209

4.    Fitness All Year - Give the gift of health when you purchase a golf, fitness, or pool membership. Several options available for the hard to shop for! Memberships Start at $350

5.    Relaxation - Give the gift of relaxation when you book a massage at Spa Vargas Wellness. The stress of the holidays will melt away! Massages start at $50

A Celebration at Pheasant Run Resort

6.    A Celebration - We've lined up loads of fun to ring in the New Year! Book a getaway package or buy tickets to the Dance In the New Year party to surprise that special someone on your list. Rates start at $99

7.    Romantic Getaway - Give the gift of romance when you book the Just the Two of Us package and make a toast to the perfect gift with champagne delivered to your room! Rates start at $339

8.   A Night of Laughter - Everyone enjoys a healthy dose of laughter and you'll find it every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Zanies Comedy Club.  Tickets start at $22

Breakfast with Santa at Pheasant Run Resort

9.   A Visit With Santa - Create magical holiday family memories at Breakfast with Santa. Stroll through the Christmas Light Spectacular on Bourbon Street, visit Santa's Workshop, and leave your list with Santa! Adults: $24.95 | Children 6-12: $12.95

10. Gorgeous Feet & Nails - A great gift for anyone after a month of holiday shopping and parties! The pedicure gift set includes 9 full-size Cuccio products and a pedicure at Spa Vargas Wellness. $200 value for just $79.99

With the Black Friday Gift Card Sale, consumers give a little and get a little in return. Early birds buying between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. will receive a bonus $25 gift card for every $100 purchased. Those who prefer to sleep in can still get a $15 bonus gift card from 8 a.m. to midnight. Guests can purchase online or call the resort on Black Friday, so set your alarm!

Stars of the Industry

Pheasant Run Resort is pleased to present five nominees for the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association 2018 Stars of the Industry Awards.

Lisa K. Adams-Marketing Manager, Hal Barth-Director of Sales & Marketing, & Berenice Cruz-Catering Sales Manager. Not pictured Steve Meggos-Banquet Manager.

Lisa K. Adams-Marketing Manager, Hal Barth-Director of Sales & Marketing, & Berenice Cruz-Catering Sales Manager. Not pictured Steve Meggos-Banquet Manager.

Manager of the Year

Lisa K. Adams is the Marketing Manager at Pheasant Run Resort. Her responsibilities include what you would expect: SEO, PPC, website maintenance, PR, and reputation management. But what Lisa really excels at is the amount of work she is able to accomplish so efficiently.

Her day may start with updating internal marketing for resort guests, planning a promotion in the theater, promoting a holiday brunch for 1,500, booking entertainment, or decorating a float for a community parade.

Our transient leisure revenues will exceed $250,000 over the previous year and at a suburban resort, those numbers are magnificent. It’s her focus on email marketing, targeted messaging on social media, and a clear call to action that have helped a once struggling suburban resort surpass its competition.

It’s a team effort at Pheasant Run, but when it comes to marketing and promotion, Lisa Adams has made all the difference.

Steve Meggos, Banquet Manager, has been an intricate part of the hospitality fabric at Pheasant Run Resort for over twenty-six years. The work ethic he maintains has been embraced with enthusiasm and eloquent professionalism whether it means 4am service or 2am closing.

Steve is an avid gardener and award-winning Dahlia grower with over 100 varieties in his backyard. In his spare time, he plants a garden at Pheasant Run Resort each year with fresh fruits and vegetables that are used in the restaurant, Harvest.

Steve and his banquets team, will be responsible for servicing over 121,000 meals during 2018 and over four million during his career at Pheasant Run. He has personally overseen more than 1,000 wedding receptions, and new generations of families he has serviced during his long-standing career.

His attention to detail and the relationships Steve has developed with staff and guests over the years make him an extremely deserving candidate for Manager of the Year.

Administrative Employee of the Year

Berenice Cruz has been Administrative Assistant and was recently promoted to Catering Sales Manager at Pheasant Run Resort. Employees at Pheasant Run are called Artists, but Berenice truly is! Berenice is always drawing personalized birthday cards for other artists and she volunteers her time and talents for community projects like painting an Adirondack chair, clay pot, or pumpkin!

Berenice volunteers on the Promise Committee focusing on Community Involvement and Green Initiatives and puts her artistic talents to work creating posters as well as using her fluent Spanish to create flyers for HR.

Although Berenice primarily worked for the Sales and Catering department as an Administrative Assistant, she helped out in Banquets and assists any department as needed. She is extremely hard working, making sure everyone has what they need to get the job done at Pheasant Run.

Overall, Berenice is a hardworking, truly caring Artist at Pheasant Run and respected by every member of the team.

France Langan-General Manager, Keith Boehmer-Golf Counter Attendant/Security, Jamie Nieto-Golf Pro.

France Langan-General Manager, Keith Boehmer-Golf Counter Attendant/Security, Jamie Nieto-Golf Pro.

Hotelier of the Year

When we think about the most deserving candidate for Hotelier of the Year, only one person comes to mind, General Manager France Langan.

France has been with Hostmark Hospitality Group for fourteen years and General Manager at Pheasant Run since 2016. He has had so many accomplishments in that short time, but his first order of business was improving the company culture. Hostmark Hospitality Group rolled out a new initiative called the Art of Service and France embraced it whole-heartedly.

The Art of Services means bringing local style and flair to the guest interaction. Never boring or bland. Ideas, ideas, and more ideas! Challenging ourselves every day. Our guests raving to others about their stays. Exceptional experiences, created by exceptional people…our Hostmark Artists [employees]!

France implemented a roundtable forum with the Artists called “Frankly with France” where twice a month he meets with a group of Artists from each department over breakfast or lunch to listen to their comments and concerns and share information about our property. He uses this information to affect real change within the resort that resonates with the Artists themselves because they were a part of it!

France also has a careful eye on our finances, but has been able to make big things happen with a small budget, including reopening the Mainstage Theater, increasing revenue with daily pool passes, revitalizing historic Bourbon Street, purchasing new golf carts, refurbishing and getting repairs completed, and purchasing a new electronic marquee.

Hostmark Hospitality Group’s mission and core values encourage our Artists to “Make your Mark.” This program encourages us to Say It, Reach Out, Just Deliver, Forward Focus, and Join the Team. France lives and breathes these core values each and every day and it is reflected in all that he has been able to accomplish as General Manager at Pheasant Run Resort.

France has Made his Mark in the Chicago Suburbs and he would make a great candidate for Hotelier of the Year!

Guest Service Employee of the Year

Every once in a while you find an artist that rises above to help anyone in need. We have one of those special artists at Pheasant Run Resort in Keith. Keith Boehmer’s primary job is in the Pro Shop of the Golf Course. He also works part-time as a Security Officer. He is organized, efficient, and friendly beyond compare.

Some of us are lucky enough to go our entire career without a disastrous situation such as the one that occurred at about 10:30pm on Tuesday 7/17/18. Two boys ran to the front desk and told our Front Desk Supervisor that someone was drowning in the pool.

Luckily Keith was our Security Officer that evening. He was called on the radio to attend to a code 1000 – Medical Emergency at the Outdoor Pool. As Keith ran towards the pool and saw the crowd, he immediately jumped into the pool and swam across to the island, where he assisted a group chaperone, holding the boy’s head from hitting the concrete and turning him to extract water. 

The boy had been underwater for up to five minutes and had ingested a large amount of water. As the boy became alert, he told Keith he had panicked and couldn’t swim. The St Charles police arrived, and shortly thereafter, the paramedics. Two of the paramedics jumped into the pool and swam across with a board and removed the boy to the ambulance, where he was alert but being taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. 

The extraordinary thing, is that Keith didn’t hesitate. He knew the boy needed help; he didn’t even realize someone else was also swimming towards the boy who got their first. He just knew what needed to be done and did what the majority would not.

Keith is one of those rare people that would do whatever needed to be done to assist in any situation. He definitely helped save this boy’s life and Pheasant Run is forever grateful to have him on the Team.

IHLA’s Stars of the Industry Awards program was established in 1996 to honor IHLA member hotel employees for their outstanding accomplishments, service, and leadership in the hospitality and lodging industry. This program recognizes the best of the best out of the thousands of exceptional hospitality employees in Illinois. These nominees are among those men and women who go above and beyond and whose hard work and dedication are an inspiration to their peers.

Pheasant Run looks forward to celebrating these five nominees at the annual Stars of the Industry Chicagoland Regional Luncheon on Thursday, November 1st at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

Management Mingle

Managers from the entire resort got together for a friendly game of golf to kick off an exciting summer at the resort. In teams of four, they played best ball, longest drive, longest putt, and enjoyed some tacos to end the day. Everyone had a great time learning more about golf and the course while mingling with coworkers from different departments. It was the perfect way to celebrate all of the hard work these managers put in every single day.

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After Bernice hit the longest putt, the entire team couldn’t have been more excited for her!

Margy Moore (Director of Operations), Bernice Cruz (Administrative Assistant), Bernadette Sellen (Group Sales Manager)

The best part of any outing is the fun one has with friends! Or the tacos, that part is pretty great too! Amy Myhre (Group Sales Manager), Brittany Norris (Catering Manager), France Langan (General Manager), Ting Sayasane (Convention Services Manager).

Brittany had such a great time she lost her head. Brittany Norris (Catering Manager).

The team Rotten Tomatoes rocked the course and took home the win with team captain Chef Tiffany leading them to victory! Eric Yarolimek (Director of Group Sales), Tiffany Tooker (Executive Chef), Sara Blankstyn (Group Sales Manager), and Andres Perez (Front Desk Supervisor).

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Good Times with Good Friends

The pheasant Run family is one that can’t be broken. Because win or lose, it’s all about the team; making memories to last a lifetime.

Bernice Cruz (Administrative Assistant), Andres Perez (Front Desk Supervisor), Brittany Norris (Catering Manager), Bernadette Sellen (Group Sales Manager), Adam Molchanov (Director of Housekeeping), Tiffany Tooker (Executive Chef), Jeremy Genske (Food and Beverage Manager).

Spring Wrap Up at Pheasant Run

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we turn to thoughts of summer with families lounging by the pool, ordering drinks from the splash bar, and hitting the links! We thought we'd take a moment to slow down and savor some of the highlights from Spring at the Run.

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Earth Day


A group of us volunteered at our St Charles Park District's Primrose Farm for Earth Day. We spent the afternoon walking the farm countryside picking up trash uncovered from the recently melted snow. It was a beautiful day to pitch in at the farm and gave us a taste of the Farm Life Experience package we offer to our guests. Although they get to do the fun stuff like groom horses and feed chickens!

Pheasant Run In Bloom

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Our grounds team has been working tirelessly to spruce up Pheasant Run after a long, long winter! Spring came slowly to St Charles, but the grounds team is making us look great!

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The blooms are starting to take root overlooking our putting green. 

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We plant red geraniums as a St Charles citywide initiative to win the American in Bloom Contest held in July. Last year St. Charles was named the winning community in our population category!

A Moment of Zen from our Pond

On The Job Training

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As the spring semester comes to an end, so does the On The Job Training for local St Charles East students. During spring semester they pitched in with housekeeping cleaning and folding towels and were a huge help to sales and marketing folding our never-ending pile of brochures and resort guides. This is such a meaningful program for the students, giving them hands on experience in the workforce, and we're honored to be a part of their growth.


We're ready to welcome summer, how about you? 

Inch by Inch

Pheasant Run Resort has been busy sowing the seeds for success and we're delighted that those efforts are beginning to pay off. On Thursday, February 8th at the Chicago Mart Plaza, several Artists from Pheasant Run Resort were recognized by Hostmark Hospitality Group for outstanding achievements in 2017.

Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Hal Barth, France Langan, Sergio Huerta. Not pictured: Bruce Miller & Nick Kolb.

Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Hal Barth, France Langan, Sergio Huerta. Not pictured: Bruce Miller & Nick Kolb.

At its 2018 Leadership Conference, Hostmark Hospitality Group awarded Artists from across the country for excellence in their fields. 

From Pheasant Run Resort, Lisa K. Adams, Marketing Manager, received the SMART Artist of the Year Award. Hal Barth was nominated for Director of Sales & Marketing of the Year. France Langan received the Full Service General Manager of the Year Award. And Sergio Huerta, our Pheasant Run Artist of the Year, won the Regional Artist of the Year Award.

Although not in attendance, we were thrilled to also celebrate for Bruce Miller who won the Food & Beverage Director of the Year Award and Nick Kolb, awarded the Engineer of the Year.

Congratulations also go to Patricia Quinn, nominated for Director of Human Resources of the Year and Debbie Fields, nominated for Director of Catering of the Year.

It's been an amazing year at Pheasant Run Resort and we're excited to see what's in store for 2018. Ready, Set, Grow!

Showing Off Our Artists

We have so many great artists working at The Abbey who love to have fun, that we just have to share it! Last year, the masterminds in our Human Resources department teamed up with the creative geniuses in our Marketing department to create a video for Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" challenge. We had so much fun making it that we had to do another one for 2017. 

Our August Associate Party was the perfect time to premier the video and let the artists view the video before anyone else. No movie viewing is complete without popcorn and candy, so the HR Department and our talented culinary/banquets team put together the ultimate in showtime snacks: popcorn, candy, pizza, pretzels, brownies, french fries, hot dogs, and more! Upon entering the room, some of our associates had their pictures taken on the red carpet, while others were interviewed by Adrienne. "Who are you wearing?"  "Abbey Uniform Department."

Once everyone was in, had their food, and were seated, the party began. The Associate of the Month was announced, raffle prizes were drawn, and the video introduced. The crowd was full of smiles and laughs as they saw themselves and their co-workers having such a great time at The Abbey.

Now that you've seen the exciting lead in, here's the video for you to watch. We can't wait to see what our next video project brings!

Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors

Our Promise Committee set out to connect with a charity in our community and we found the Northern IL Food Bank nearly right in our back yard. 

We quickly were able to create an online donation site to encourage our guests and employees to donate funds to our cause. We created informational pieces on our website to help promote the food bank and provide valuable team building opportunities for our meetings and conventions. Every little bit helps. Did you know that they can provide $8 of food for every $1 donated? That's amazing!

Excited to get going!  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

Excited to get going!  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

We wanted to get out there and get involved ourselves and so we formed a group to volunteer for a shift at the warehouse packing food. When we arrived we were given a brief orientation about the food bank and the good work they do and then we got down to work!

Patricia Quinn (Director of HR) & Brittany Norris (Catering Sales Manager) help box up 36 pounds of bologna! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Patricia Quinn (Director of HR) & Brittany Norris (Catering Sales Manager) help box up 36 pounds of bologna! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

It's amazing how people from all different parts of the hotel can come together as a team to get the job done, jumping in where needed! We're used to seeing this around Pheasant Run. 

Dan Murray (Golf/Grounds Superintendent) & Nick Kolb (Chief Engineer) were pros with the boxes! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Dan Murray (Golf/Grounds Superintendent) & Nick Kolb (Chief Engineer) were pros with the boxes! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

The three-hour shift seemed to fly by as we quickly completed three projects for the food bank that day. All in all (with a little help from another organization working alongside us), we packaged 24,042 pounds of food, providing 20,035 meals for hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois!

Lisa K. Adams (Marketing Manager) & Mathias Dalbera (Director of Revenue) place labels on bologna before boxing it up. Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Lisa K. Adams (Marketing Manager) & Mathias Dalbera (Director of Revenue) place labels on bologna before boxing it up. Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

All in all, it was three hours well spent! We added our names to the giant name tag ball representing the thousands of previous volunteers who have passed through this warehouse. We encourage you to get out there and do the same!

Top Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Berenice Cruz (Administrative Assistant), Brittany Norris, Saida Cisneros (Director of Housekeeping), Patricia Quinn. Bottom Left to Right: Nick Kolb, Mathias Dalbera, Dan Murray. Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

Top Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Berenice Cruz (Administrative Assistant), Brittany Norris, Saida Cisneros (Director of Housekeeping), Patricia Quinn. Bottom Left to Right: Nick Kolb, Mathias Dalbera, Dan Murray. Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

Everything Under The Rainbow

In March, Hostmark Artists at Pheasant Run connected with our community by joining the Downtown St Charles Partnership and participating in the annual St Patrick's Day Parade. 

We decorated our hay ride trailer with a golden rainbow and created distinct banners for the event to showcase Pheasant Run Resort to the local community.

Pheasant Run St Patrick's Day Banner

We invited our employees and guests to join us for this fun event and had a great group of participants including our very own Pheasant mascot.

Pheasant Run St Patrick's Day Float

We passed out chocolate golden coins along the parade route along with coupons for the Resort Course at Pheasant Run for a great deal on golf and great rates for staycations.

Not only was the event great fun, we placed third in the Business Showcase category and were presented with an award at the St Charles city council meeting in April.

Pheasant Run 3rd Place Business Showcase - Downtown St Charles Partnership
3rd Place Business Showcase

Stay tuned for more from our friendly Pheasant Mascot!