Our Team

Michael Pleninger


Mike Pleninger founded NHG in 1990 along with Bill Carey, a long time family friend. This new hotel management company quickly gained a reputation for consistently producing operational and marketing turnarounds.

Mike's formula of comprehensive reviews, attention to basics, innovative marketing and insistence on quality has produced superior returns for NHG’s clients, as well as gaining recognition and awards from franchisors.

Newport Hospitality Group is the culmination of Mike's 30 plus years of success in all phases of hotel management. His experience is reflected in the breadth and comprehensiveness of NHG's management package.

Mike's background includes ten years as Senior VP and part owner of Victor Management Company of Newport News, VA. He directed all development, operations and finance activities, building the company's portfolio to 23 hotels.

Mike earned his stripes at Sonesta International where, over ten years, he served in several operational capacities, including Corporate Food and Beverage Staff Specialist, General Manager of Hotel Sonesta, Winnipeg, and as Washington Regional Manager for the company's motor hotel division. Other experience includes two years with Omni Hotels (then called Dunfey Hotels), four years with Registry Hotels, and two years with Holiday Inns, where he supervised development and operational activities of 130 franchised Holiday Inns.

Mike is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, and was a 2002 inductee into the school’s Wall of Fame. Mike is currently an active member of the the American Hotel and Motel Association, the Williamsburg, VA Hotel and Motel Association, and serves as a trustee of the Cornell Hotel School Alumni Association.

Interested in having Mike work for you? Email us or call us at 1.800.644.1032 to find out how.