For the past sixteen years, Ambassador Mark Langdale served as president of Posadas USA, Inc., the United States subsidiary of Grupo Posadas, a fully-integrated hotel company which operates the Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Inn, and Cesar Park hotel brands in Latin America. During this period the Mexico City-based company expanded its investments into the United States and Brazil and was one of the first companies to initiate an Initial Public Offering on the Mexican Bolsa following the passage of NAFTA. Mr Langdale served on the Board of Directors of Grupo Posadas from 1992 until 2004.
Ambassador Langdale also co-founded CapRock Communications Corp., an integrated communications service provider that successfully constructed an extensive fiber optic network in a five state region in the southwest United States. CapRock was sold to McLeod USA, Inc. in 2001.
In 1997, then-Governor George W. Bush selected Ambassador Langdale to serve as the Chairman of the Texas Department of Economic Development responsible for the economic development activities and tourism promotion efforts of the State of Texas. Among the accomplishments of the Department were national awards for the "Texas, It's Like A Whole Other Country" campaign to promote tourism to Texas and the transition of Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas to private sector uses.
Ambassador Langdale was a member of the Young Presidents Organization from 1992 until 2004 and received their Legacy Award in 2004 for demonstrating the YPO ideals of global leadership.
Ambassador Langdale holds a B.B.A. with Honors in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) and an L.L.B. from the University of Houston School of Law (1977). He practiced law in Houston, Texas, for ten years.
Ambassador Langdale has been married for 23 years, and he and Mrs. Langdale have two children.