Landmark Family Portraits: Maggie, Bari, Cathy and Danny

In the third installment of Landmark Family Portraits, we profile four of the cornerstone staff members of the Logan Inn. The Logan, located in New Hope, PA, serves as a both a hotel, and a bar and casual dining restaurant.

 

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith, general manager at Logan Inn hotel and restaurant

Name:
Maggie Smith

Position:
General Manager

Years at the Logan Inn:
On January 25th, 2017 it’ll be 30 years!

Originally From:
Hatboro, Pennsylvania

Proudest life moment…
I have four of them. The birth of my three children, and my granddaughter. There’s nothing to be more proud of than that. They are what I live for.

What qualities do you admire in other people?
Honesty, respect, and passion.

What do you do when not working?
I love to share time with people that are special to me. I love to ice skate! I don’t do it enough but I love to ice skate. I do all the girly things. Get my nails done, get a pedicure, go for a massage. That’s my ‘me time.’

Do you have any big plans for 2017?
I would love to see the Logan supersede what’s it done, revenue-wise, in my 30 years. And I truly think Landmark can make it happen. On a personal level, I have a daughter getting married (at one of Landmark’s venues, Hotel du Village) and I want to give her the wedding of her dreams. I want to continue to succeed, because I feel I have been successful.

Do you have any trips planned?
My daughter wants to go to Paris for her bachelorette party. We’re going to take a long weekend and I think we’re going to go! Me and my two girls, a couple of her friends and maybe one or two of my friends. I think I’m going to do it. It’s going to be a great year.


Bari Buiso

Name:
Bari Buiso

Position:
Restaurant Manager

Years with Landmark Hospitality:
Around 3 years

Originally From:
I was born in Brooklyn, and spent most of my life in Manhattan.

Proudest life moment…
As a human being, obviously the birth of my two children, Joseph and Bella. Even prouder than that is watching them develop and grow into loving and kind human beings.

What quality do you admire in others?
Honesty. Integrity. I suppose positivity, if that’s the word? The glass is always half full.

What do you do when not working?
When is that? [laughs] I spend most of my time with my family, and I cook. I read. Mostly kid stuff. A lot of kid stuff, because my kids are little (6 and 8) so they dictate a lot of my time.

What do you hope to accomplish in 2017?
Continued growth as a human being, and as a food and beverage professional. Emotional and spiritual advancement for my family. Just forging forth. Onward and upward, always.

Do you have any vacations planned?
Maybe in February. Last year was California, I don’t know where this year will be. I’ve got another year or so for Europe. I’m thinking next winter will be the tour of Italy. Start north and end up in the good part!


Cathy Stephan

Name:
Cathy Stephan

Position:
Restaurant Manager

Years at the Logan Inn:
19 years

Originally from:
Trenton, NJ

Proudest life moment…
The quality young men my two sons have become and both fortunate to graduate college!!

What qualities do you admire in others?

Honesty, loyalty, and a hardworking attitude.

What do you do when not working?
I exercise!! Orangetheory at 5:30 am during the week – yoga on weekends to decompress – I also adore my mini-Aussie Jessie and black cat Boo Boo.

What are your plans for 2017?
I promised my younger son if he graduated college, we’d go to Hawaii-he graduated this month so I guess we’re going!! I’m also hoping for a weekend away with my fiancé to NYC or LBI (Jersey Shore)


Danny Lucas

Logan Inn Executive Chef Daniel Lucas

Name:
Daniel Lucas

Position:
Executive Chef

Years at the Logan Inn:
It’ll be 15 years in April

Originally From:
Oaxaca, Mexico

What is your proudest life moment?
I don’t think there’s any prouder moment than seeing my kids for the first time. The birth of my kids. I have two kids, 11 and 7 years old. There’s nothing better than that.

What do you do when not working?
Any time I’m not here, I’m with my family having fun with my kids and my wife. I don’t think many people know, but I love cars. Any time I have a chance, I go do some racing with my kids at the go-kart track. I’ve been there about fifty times. I go to car shows, too. If I had the money, I would collect sports cars.

What are you hoping to accomplish in 2017?
I want to go to California with my family. I’ve only been out [of the tri-state area] once. I went to Disneyworld with my family in 2013. We went for a week. But we’re hoping to go to southern California. I have cousins and family there that I haven’t seen in maybe 20 years.

How is New Year’s Eve celebrated in Mexico?
It’s pretty much the same as here. The whole family gathers together. I grew up as a Christian, so I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. Never done it. We just make food and the family gets together and we have a good time.

When’s the last time you visited your family in Mexico?
Since I’ve been here, I haven’t gone back. 15 years. I’ve seen my parents because they have a visa and come and visit, but I haven’t visited Mexico. If I took a vacation, I’d go down there. Where I come from, it’s like the coast. If you google it you’ll see all these beautiful places. I go to the Jersey Shore and I have to pay $8 for this? Where I come from there’s palm trees, it’s paradise and it’s free. You can go whenever you want. I grew up in that area so I would go fishing all the time. I’m working on [going back soon]! It’s a tough [process] but I always keep myself out of trouble. I never do anything wrong. Before I came here I wanted to be a cop down in Mexico. So even here, I help the cops in Lambertville, because I like to keep people straight.

Was anybody in your family a police officer?
No I just liked it. I don’t know, the way I grew up, since I was little I felt like I was already mature, like a grown up. Nobody in my family is a cop because down there it’s dangerous to be a cop. So now I think that if I would’ve done it, I don’t think I would be alive today. That’s the way I think now. I think I’m better here.