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About Prime Hospitality Group

Prime is Our Guarantee

Prime Hospitality Group is a curated collection of brands, spanning restaurants, bars, and hotels. PHG is a family-owned business founded and led by husband-and-wife entrepreneurs, Ryan and Kristy Rans.

As passionate service experts, Ryan and Kristy are committed to delivering top-notch hospitality and creating an inspiring work culture. Through their leadership and dedication, PHG is an environment that fosters professional growth and continually challenges its team to reach their full potential.

Our Values Drive Our Success

Every Prime Hospitality Group team member is guided by the company’s five core values; demand for excellence, passion for hospitality, desire to win, unwavering commitment, and hunger to grow. In addition to their stellar service caliber, PHG stays on the cutting edge of technology and strives for greater sustainability. As Prime Hospitality Group continues to grow, the team stays fresh in its approach and remains dedicated to maintaining impeccable standards when it comes to quality.

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Prime Hospitality Group provides operational and management support for restaurant, catering and special event providers throughout the United States. Prime Hospitality Group is available to provide a variety of services, including back-office administration, marketing support, and human resource support. Prime Hospitality Group provides these services to clients in exchange for a management fee, varying due to the particulars of the support provided. If your organization could benefit from the professional support of Prime Hospitality Group, please send a message to to discuss the particulars of your business needs.

Ruth’s Chris

Established in 2017, PHG started with five Ruth’s Chris locations and has since expanded to 12 — becoming the largest Ruth’s Chris franchise group.

Bin 23 Bistro

PHG brought a new vision to life in South Bend, IN — a stylish French bistro, serving hand-crafted dishes, wine, and cocktails.

The Exchange

Moving beyond restaurants, in 2020 we acquired the South Bend Exchange location, and opened a sister location on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

AC Hotel

In their latest hospitality venture, PHG operates the food and beverage program at AC Hotel St. Louis Chesterfield.

Our Leadership Team

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Kristy Rans


Keenly focused on PHG’s operations, Kristy keeps her finger on every element of each brand’s growth and success. As an engaged leader, she takes an active role in supporting the team.

Ryan Rans

Chief Executive Officer

Ryan has a visionary mind and loves to find new ideas for PHG to explore. His acumen for strategic direction and property development keeps PHG growing.

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José Laboy

Chief Operating Officer

José works every day to create processes and procedures that let PHG perform more efficiently, expand, and lead the way as a successful hospitality group.

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Cynthia Strope

Chief People Officer

Leveraging over 20 years of human resources experience, Cynthia leads the PHG team with a people-first mindset. She is passionate about building relationships and partnering with teams to create simplified processes and solutions that streamline workflows.

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Chris Sanders

Director of Projects

Chris Sanders, with thirty years of experience in design and construction, is the key organizational force behind the execution of our future growth plans. She is well-known for her organizational skills, which help keep projects on track and ensure the team is accountable for turning visions into unforgettable hospitality experiences.

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Tim Stobbie

Chief Financial Officer

Tim’s eye for detail keeps PHG’s financial needs and strategy in line with our goals, our present-day needs, and our future plans.