John Longstreet, former chief executive of Quaker Steak & Lube, has been named president and chief executive of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, effective April 21.

Longstreet has held positions in both hospitality and public service, the Harrisburg, Pa.-based group said. In addition to leading casual-dining chain Quaker Steak, Longstreet served two terms on the City Council of Plano, Texas, as mayor.

Longstreet stepped down in January as chief executive of Sharon, Pa.-based Quaker Steak, which has more than 60 locations. Prior to Quaker Steak, Longstreet served as executive vice president of Dallas-based ClubCorp USA, which operates more than 160 golf and business clubs. He also worked with Bristol Hotels & Resorts and Intercontinental Hotels Group.

“John’s proven leadership ability in both the restaurant and lodging industries, coupled with his service in elected public office, gives him the ideal background to lead an association like PRLA,” said Rick Sell, chairman of the PRLA’s board.

“The priority he has placed on customer service and building high performing teams throughout his career was also critical in our decision to bring him on board,” Sell said in a statement.

Longstreet added: “It is more important than ever that we provide a strong voice for the industry, as well as outstanding constituent service.”

PRLA, founded in 1937, represents more than 7,500 restaurant and lodging locations in Pennsylvania.

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