Michael Henningsen is a veteran hotel professional with over 30 years of continuous experience.
Michael began his hospitality management career with Holiday Inn Corporation in 1982. He joined the Marriott Corporation in 1984 at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, New York. Additional full-service hotel tenure includes executive management positions at the Gaithersburg Marriott in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the opening team for the Bethesda Suites Marriott in Maryland, and opening team at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia.
In 1989, Michael joined the Courtyard by Marriott hotel division as a General Manager, working from 1989 until 1999 at the Courtyard Rye in Rye, New York and Rockville Courtyard in Rockville, Maryland. In 1997, he became Lead General Manager overseeing Quality Assurance Inspections for nine select service hotels (Courtyard and Fairfield Inn by Marriott) in the Mid Atlantic region.
In 1999, Michael joined the Plamondon Companies in Frederick, Maryland, as Director of Hotel Operations. In 2002, he opened the Frederick Residence Inn by Marriott.
Michael was the Franchise General Manager of the Year in 2000, Mid-Atlantic Region, for the Courtyard by Marriott.
He has served on the Board of Directors for Frederick County Tourism (2000-present) and was President of the Tourism Council (2005-2007). In 2003, was recognized by the Tourism Council of Frederick, Maryland as Ambassador of the Year. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Weinberg Center for the Performing Arts (2001-2004) and is currently on the Boards of the Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association (2006- present), the American Red Cross (2008- present) and the Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) for the City of Frederick (2014-present). Michael was the recipient of the 2014 Kitty Reed Leadership Award from the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Frederick County program.