FREDERICK, Md. (February 22, 2018) — Michael Henningsen, director of hotel operations at Plamondon Hospitality Partners, has been named the Maryland Hotelier of the Year by the Maryland Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA).
The distinguished award, which is only given out in rare instances, was presented at the organization’s 29th annual Stars of the Industry Awards on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Rockville, Md.
Amy Rohrer, president and CEO of MHLA, can only recall one other person winning this award in the twelve years that she has been associated with the organization. She said that the MHLA board of directors chose Henningsen to receive the award because of his extraordinary contributions to the hospitality industry, at both the state and local levels.
Henningsen has worked in the hospitality industry for 35 years, including the past 19 years that he has been employed by Plamondon Hospitality Partners in Frederick, Md. He currently serves as the association chair for MHLA.
Peter Plamondon, co-president of Plamondon Hospitality Partners, said that Henningsen is a recognized leader, and respected by his peers, direct reports and the lodging and tourism communities.
“Mike has been a driving force in our company’s growth since 1999, and it is a great privilege to work with him each day,” Plamondon said. “His drive and professionalism inspire others around him, and his strong commitment to community is evidenced by his many past and present leadership roles in various nonprofit organizations.”
Henningsen has always found ways to serve in his home community of Frederick. He is the past president and current board treasurer for the Tourism Council of Frederick County, and is a former board member for the Weinberg Center for the Arts, also in Frederick. Plamondon Hospitality Partners frequently hosts blood drives for the American Red Cross, something that Henningsen, a former chairman of the board for the Red Cross in Frederick, has always been a part of.
John Fieseler, executive director of the Tourism Council of Frederick County, attended the event and was on stage to present the award.
“The Frederick community has greatly benefitted from Mike’s commitment and passion, and he has helped raise the bar for the local lodging industry,” Fieseler said.
The Maryland Hotel Lodging Association is a trade based membership organization representing hotels across the state and related industry and service providers. The organization strives to actively advance the interests of the lodging industry in Maryland at the state and local levels. The annual Stars of the Industry Awards program honors lodging employees and properties that best symbolize quality service within the industry.
Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and business development company located in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes several Marriott and Hilton properties across three states.