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Plamondon Hospitality Partners expands Marriott hotel portfolio with acquisition of Fairfield by Marriott Cumberland

BY plamondon July 1, 2019 ,,

FREDERICK, Md. (July 1, 2019) — Plamondon Hospitality Partners, a hotel management company headquartered in Frederick, announced today that it has expanded its hotel management footprint with the acquisition of the Fairfield by Marriott in Cumberland, Md.

The Fairfield by Marriott Cumberland opened in August 2009 and features 96 guest rooms, 12 suites, 1,056 total square feet of meeting space, an indoor pool and hot tub, an outdoor picnic area and complimentary on-site parking. The hotel, the only Marriott-branded property in western Maryland, is located adjacent to the historic C&O Canal and less than nine miles from Rocky Gap State Park, making it ideally situated for leisure travelers. The hotel is also within close proximity of many of the area’s major employers, allowing convenient access for business travelers as well.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners’ parent company, Plamondon Companies, has owned and operated a Roy Rogers restaurant in Cumberland for more than 30 years. Peter Plamondon, Jr., Co-President of Plamondon Hospitality Partners, said this was a big factor in the company’s decision to acquire the hotel property.

“Our Roy Rogers restaurant in Cumberland has consistently been a top performer for our chain, and we know the market very well, so the acquisition felt like the perfect fit,” said Plamondon. “We’re looking forward to new hospitality opportunities that this new property will bring.”

Plamondon Hospitality Partners will retain all of the hotel’s current employees, and plans to add a director of sales position to the staff. The Fairfield by Marriott Cumberland will be the eleventh hotel added to the company’s portfolio and the first to be obtained through an acquisition.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and development company headquartered in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes several Marriott and Hilton properties across three states.

Michael Henningsen named Ambassador of the Year by Maryland Hotel Lodging Association

BY plamondon June 25, 2019 ,

FREDERICK, Md. (June 25, 2019) — Michael Henningsen, executive vice president of hotel operations at Plamondon Hospitality Partners, has been named the Ambassador of the Year by the Maryland Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA).

This award was presented to recognize a member of MHLA whose efforts have contributed to the Association’s legislative wins, membership growth and/or successful events in the past year. Members of the Association’s board of directors were invited to submit nominations for the award, with the executive committee approving the selection.

“Mike is a great asset to MHLA and an inspiring leader throughout the Maryland hospitality industry,” said MHLA Chairman Chuck Chandler. “His efforts over the years have been invaluable and it is an honor to present him with this award.”

Henningsen has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 35 years, including the past 20 years that he has been employed by Plamondon Hospitality Partners in Frederick. He currently serves as the immediate past chair for MHLA.

Henningsen makes it a priority to give back in his home community of Frederick. He currently serves as the 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.

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.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and development company headquartered in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes several Marriott and Hilton properties across three states.

Pictured from left to right: Chuck Chandler, MHLA Chairman; Michael Henningsen, Plamondon Hospitality Partners; and Amy Rohrer, MHLA President & CEO

Altoona hotels win big at Marriott General Manager’s Conference

BY plamondon May 21, 2019 ,,

Altoona, Penn. (May 21, 2019) — The dual-branded Fairfield and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Altoona was awarded two prestigious awards at this year’s Marriott General Manager’s conference in Chicago. Both brands were awarded the 2019 Platinum Circle Award, and the TownePlace Suites was named the top hotel in arrival experience and number three in morning break of all hotels of the same brand across North America.

The Platinum Circle Award is given to hotels within the top five percent of their brand, determined by results of Guest Satisfaction Surveys completed by hotel guests throughout the previous year. Hotels compete against all of the other properties of the same brand across North America. The Fairfield was in the top five percent of 948 hotels, while the TownePlace Suites was in the top five percent of 384 hotels.

The Guest Satisfaction Surveys are comprised of various categories of guest interaction, including overall experience, arrival experience, morning break, environment and more. From these surveys, Marriott determines the top hotels across each of its brands in all of the individual categories. The TownePlace Suites by Marriott Altoona was named the top hotel in arrival experience and number three in morning break compared to almost 400 other TownePlace Suites properties across the United States and Canada.

“A guest’s arrival experience starts when they pull into the parking lot and continues to their check-in and employee interactions. We do our best to make a guest’s arrival as easy and efficient as possible because it sets the tone for the rest of their visit,” said General Manager James Long. “The morning break experience is all about breakfast. We make sure the breakfast and dining areas are clean, the staff are professional and the food is high quality.”

“To be the top hotel in these categories is a huge accomplishment,” said Peter Plamondon, Jr., Co-President of Plamondon Hospitality Partners. “But to be named the top hotel in arrival experience and in the top three for morning break throughout the United States and Canada is a huge deal! Awards of this magnitude show that every associate in the hotel, across every job function, is doing their very best and we are so incredibly proud of them.”

The Fairfield and TownePlace Suites in Altoona, located off Pleasant Valley Boulevard near the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, is owned and operated by Plamondon Hospitality Partners in Frederick, Md. It opened in February 2017, and is one of the first of its kind for Marriott. Hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, outdoor patio with Weber grills and 1,000 square feet of meeting space. The dual brands cater to both extended stays and transient travelers, and put two award-winning hotels under one roof.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and business development company located in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes Marriott and Hilton properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Eva Eagler appointed Director of Sales of Fairfield and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Altoona

BY plamondon May 14, 2019 ,

Altoona, Penn. (May 14, 2019) — The dual-branded Fairfield and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Altoona is pleased to announce that Eva Eagler has been appointed as the hotel’s new Director of Sales.

Eagler has worked in the hospitality industry for several years, serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Courtyard by Marriott Altoona for the past five years. Prior to her position at the Courtyard, she worked in sales and marketing for more than 15 years in various industries, including multimedia broadcasting, healthcare and publishing throughout the greater Altoona area.

The Fairfield and TownePlace Suites in Altoona, located off Pleasant Valley Boulevard near the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, is owned and operated by Plamondon Hospitality Partners in Frederick, Md. It opened in February 2017, and is one of the first of its kind for Marriott. Hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, outdoor patio and 1,000 square feet of meeting space. The dual brands cater to both extended stays and transient travelers.

“We are very excited to have Eva as the newest associate at our Altoona property,” said Michael Henningsen, Executive Vice President of Plamondon Hospitality Partners. “Her broad range of marketing and sales experience in various industries will bring a unique perspective to the team, and her history in the area will be a definite asset as well.”

Eagler graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown with a degree in communications, public relations and advertising. She is a member of the Altoona Rotary, the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, Hotel Group Network and many other local, regional and national organizations. She also volunteers at the St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen. As the Director of Sales, she will oversee all aspects of sales for the dual-branded property, including revenue generation, community outreach and account management.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and business development company located in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes Marriott and Hilton properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Plamondon Companies presented with Human Relations Award

BY plamondon May 13, 2019 ,

FREDERICK, Md. (May 13, 2019) — When disaster strikes a local family, Plamondon Hospitality Partners is quick to step in and offer them emergency accommodations. And when people with intellectual or physical disabilities are looking for a job, Plamondon Enterprises welcomes them to the Roy Rogers brand. Because of this commitment to the community and the associates it employs, The Plamondon Companies in Frederick—comprised of Plamondon Enterprises, Inc. and Plamondon Hospitality Partners—has been awarded the 2019 Human Relations Award from the Frederick County Human Relations Commission.

This people-first culture has been a long-standing tradition in the Company. A set of company-wide values have been established that guide associates in areas concerning family, company safety, community involvement, education and guest service. Plamondon Companies have donated time and resources to the American Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations, and they put a high priority on employing a diverse range of people within their company.

The award was presented during the Commission’s annual Human Rights Achievement Awards at Dutch’s Daughter on April 24. The Company was nominated by Katrina Wyand-Yurish, Director of Human Resources for the Plamondon Companies, and Rick Weldon, President and CEO for the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

“Diversity in our workforce through intellectual disabilities, age, gender, race and ethnicity has made strong teams and inclusion for a good working culture,” said Wyand-Yurish. 

“Their corporate value system places a high priority and value on having all of their employees make a commitment to the communities where they operate their businesses. Multiple nonprofit agencies have benefited as a result of this commitment, including the Red Cross, United Way and other agency partners,” said Weldon in his nomination letter. “When disasters strike our community, Plamondon Hospitality Partners are quick to provide emergency accommodations, saving hundreds of families at the most stressful time of their lives. We strongly endorse the Plamondon Companies for this well-deserved recognition.”

“Our company mission statement and value declarations are simple but powerful and they guide our daily work. Our mission, ‘The Values You Respect’ speaks not of making money, but rather to a core value of respect,” said Co-President, Peter Plamondon, Jr., in accepting the award. “We treat our employees, whom we call associates, with the utmost respect. We seek to provide our guests and vendors with respect in our spirit to serve.”

Each year, the Commission accepts nominations for companies within Frederick County that employ exemplary staff training opportunities, actively promote hiring of underrepresented groups, establish a diverse customer base and achieve other related accomplishments.

The Plamondon Companies is made up of two divisions—Plamondon Enterprises, Inc. and Plamondon Hospitality Partners. Plamondon Enterprises, Inc. owns the restaurant brand Roy Rogers, and owns and oversees 48 Roy Rogers Restaurants across the mid-Atlantic region. Plamondon Hospitality Partners owns and operates ten Marriott and Hilton hotel properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Leah Knecht joins Plamondon Hospitality Partners as Talent Manager

BY plamondon April 24, 2019 ,,

FREDERICK, Md. (April 24, 2019) — Plamondon Hospitality Partners is pleased to announce that Leah Knecht has been appointed to the role of Talent Manager at the company’s corporate office in Frederick. In this new role, Knecht will oversee associate training, development and engagement.

Knecht’s prior career experience was in the education industry, serving as an office manager of an education center and, most recently, a social studies teacher in the Washington County School System. As an office manager, Knecht was responsible for recruiting and hiring new teachers, creating job postings, interviewing candidates, conducting reference checks and onboarding new employees.

Knecht obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in American History from the Gilder Lehrman Institute. She has worked as a social studies teacher, an English as a Second Language instruction assistant and an intern at the National Museum of American History Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Knecht has also served as a volunteer coach for girls’ basketball and a Girls on the Run after school program.

“Leah’s long-term experience in the education industry will bring a new, unique perspective to our company,” said Michael Henningsen, Executive Vice President of Plamondon Hospitality Partners. “We’re always looking for opportunities to improve our employee training and associate engagement programs, and we’re confident in Leah’s ability to succeed and grow in this role.”

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and business development company located in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes Marriott and Hilton properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

The American Red Cross and Plamondon Hospitality Partners help Sound the Alarm on home fire safety in Brunswick

BY plamondon April 19, 2019 ,,

FREDERICK, Md. (April 19, 2019) — The American Red Cross has kicked off a national campaign to install 100,000 free smoke alarms across the country this spring as part of their Home Fire Campaign. Of that 100,000, they plan to install nearly 500 free smoke alarms in Brunswick and the surrounding region on Thurs., April 25 and Sat., April 27.

To achieve this goal, the Red Cross has teamed up with Plamondon Hospitality Partners, Roy Rogers, Dunkin Donuts, Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Brunswick Ace Hardware and local fire departments to help spread the word. Volunteers can sign up to help canvass neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace alarm batteries and help families create home fire escape plans. Area residents that are interested in learning more about fire prevention and safety can sign up to receive a free smoke alarm or have their existing alarms checked.

Volunteers can sign up for the April 25 event at bit.ly/Brunswick-4-25 or the April 27 event at bit.ly/Brunswick-4-27. No prior experience is required and all necessary training will be provided. Residents can sign up for free installations for either of those dates at bit.ly/smoke-alarm-appointment or by calling 443-297-7247. Services are free and available for all people in need.

“Plamondon Hospitality Partners has worked with the Red Cross on several of their initiatives over the years, and we’re especially excited to continue that partnership with the Sound the Alarm event,” said Michael Henningsen, Executive Vice President of Plamondon Hospitality Partners. “Fire prevention and safety is a very important initiative for the hospitality industry, and we strongly encourage residents to take advantage of this free program to help ensure the safety of their families.”

Events like this will be held across the country and are part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which has installed more than 1.5 million smoke alarms and saved more than 500 lives since launching in 2014. Donations will help to save lives through installing free smoke alarms, and preparing families to safely escape and recover from home fires.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and business development company located in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes Marriott and Hilton properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Jennifer Alcorn promoted to General Manager of TownePlace Suites by Marriott Frederick

BY plamondon March 12, 2019 ,,

FREDERICK, Md. (March 12, 2019) — Plamondon Hospitality Partners has announced the promotion of Jennifer Alcorn to General Manager of its TownePlace Suites by Marriott Frederick.

Alcorn began working for Plamondon Hospitality Partners in 2007 as the Sales Manager for the company’s Frederick hotels. In 2012 she was promoted to Recruiting and Retention Specialist for The Plamondon Companies, overseeing talent recruiting for both Plamondon Hospitality Partners and Roy Rogers Restaurants. Prior to working at Plamondon, Alcorn worked in several sales and operational roles with other hotel brands.

“We are excited for Jenn taking on the leadership role for our Frederick TownePlace Suites and look forward to her enthusiasm and well-rounded experience in the hospitality industry,” said Michael Henningsen, executive vice president of operations for Plamondon Hospitality Partners.

Outside of work, Alcorn spends many hours volunteering with local organizations. She is a member of the Frederick County Public Schools Career and Technology Center Culinary Foundation Board; Frederick Community College Hospitality, Culinary and Tourism Institute Council and Advisory Committee; Leadership Frederick County Council; Frederick Chamber Business Health Committee; and Community Living Inc. Human Resources Committee. Alcorn also volunteers with the Frederick Children’s Chorus, Myersville Elementary School and Girl Scout Troop 81361.

“I’m looking forward to my new role and working with the existing team at the TownePlace Suites,” Alcorn said. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with this company for the past twelve years and appreciate being part of a company whose values mirror my own.”

In her new role, Alcorn will oversee the day-to-day management of the TownePlace Suites. The extended-stay hotel features 120 guest suites, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a saline-water pool. The hotel is also LEED certified and gives guest convenient access to local dining, shopping and entertainment.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and business development company located in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes Marriott and Hilton properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

James Long appointed General Manager of Fairfield and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Altoona

BY plamondon March 11, 2019 ,,

Altoona, Penn. (March 11, 2019) — The dual-branded Fairfield and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Altoona is pleased to announce that James Long has been appointed as the hotel’s new General Manager.

Long has worked in the hospitality industry for over thirty-five years in varying roles. He started as a night auditor, and has worked as a manager, assistant general manager, assistant front office manager and general manager of various hotel brands, resorts and restaurants throughout Pennsylvania. He has also received numerous industry awards, including the Connie Award from Hilton Worldwide, the highest honor given to Hampton Inn-branded hotels. He was also named a Hampton Inn Ambassador, an award given to the top 25 general managers in the Hampton Inn chain.

The Fairfield and TownePlace Suites in Altoona, located off Pleasant Valley Boulevard near the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, is owned and operated by Plamondon Hospitality Partners in Frederick, Md. It opened in February 2017, and is the first of its kind for Marriott. Hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, outdoor patio and 1,000 square feet of meeting space. The dual brands cater to both extended stays and transient travelers.

“We are confident that James will be an incredible addition to our team, and we’re looking forward to the new perspective he will bring with his many years of experience in various hospitality roles,” said Michael Henningsen, executive vice president of Plamondon Hospitality Partners. “His award-winning customer service skills and industry knowledge will make him a fantastic leader for this hotel.”

Long is a 1980 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area High School and a graduate of the Altoona School of Commerce. As general manager, he will manage and oversee all of the day-to-day operations of the hotel, including staff management, strategic planning, guest services, sales and compliance.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and business development company located in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes Marriott and Hilton properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Residence Inn Fulton at Maple Lawn Now Open!

BY plamondon February 14, 2019 ,,

FULTON, Md. (February 14, 2019) — Plamondon Hospitality Partners of Frederick, Maryland, is excited to announce that their newest hotel, the 103-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Fulton, is now open and accepting reservations.

Located at 11800 West Market Place in the Maple Lawn community, the all-suite Residence Inn will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Maple Lawn Hospitality LLC and managed by Plamondon Hospitality Partners. This hotel is the first to serve the Maple Lawn community, and brings 30 new jobs to the area. General Manager Stan Martin and Director of Sales Meredith Emerson lead the management team at the property.

“We are excited to officially be part of the Maple Lawn community,” said Peter Plamondon, Jr., co-president of Plamondon Hospitality Partners. “We’ve got an incredible team in place to ensure that each guest’s experience at this new hotel is exceptional.”

The Residence Inn Fulton at Maple Lawn offers its guests convenient access to Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Patapsco Valley State Park, Lake Elkhorn and local restaurants and shops. The pet-friendly hotel features an indoor pool, fitness center, free hot breakfast, 24-hour on-site market, free WiFi and free grocery delivery. The Residence Inn also contains meeting space for up to 60 guests that can be used for business or private events.

Newcomer and Associates, Inc. of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was the architect on the project, and Waynesboro Construction Co. from Frederick, Md., managed the hotel’s construction.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and business development company located in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes Marriott and Hilton properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.