Andrew CareyChief Executive OfficerAndrew Carey oversees Newport Hospitality Group’s overall efforts at delivering memorable guest experiences, exceptional owner returns and meaningful careers. His experience in developing real estate, value creation and managing service companies provides a unique background to help NHG fulfill its mission of being the most admired hotel management company in the Eastern United States.
As CEO, Andrew works with each member of the senior team – from operations and sales to accounting and training – to ensure that all NHG-managed hotels receive the best possible expertise to enhance their respective reputations and financial performances. Additionally, Andrew handles the company’s capital transactions by dealing directly with investors, bankers and franchisors, thus providing him with unique insights into the specific needs of these key stakeholders.
Andrew started his career long ago as a ranch hand on the family farm before heading off to college at Duke University and earning his MBA from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Well known for its real estate focus, he took advantage of UC Berkeley’s broad curriculum to ensure that his depth of skills transcended real estate into operational management. Andrew followed this by working at several investment and consulting organizations where he quickly learned the importance of building high-performing teams focused on well-defined goals.
When not travelling to look at hotels or work on deals, Andrew can be found in the office mingling with the team or creating memories with his family. Depending on the season, you might find Andrew out on his bike, skiing with his family in Vermont, or trying to coax sweetness from his bees or maple trees.
Michael PleningerFounder and ChairmanNewport Hospitality Group represents the culmination of Mike Pleninger’s 40-plus years of success in all phases of hotel management. Mike founded NHG in 1990 along with Bill Carey, a long-time family friend, with the company quickly gaining a reputation for consistently producing operational and marketing turnarounds for both branded and independent hotel properties.
Mike’s experience is reflected in the breadth and comprehensiveness of NHG’s management package. His formula of holistic reviews, attention to basics, innovative marketing and insistence on quality has produced outstanding returns for NHG’s portfolio of clients in addition to recognition and numerous awards from franchisors.
Earning his stripes at Sonesta International, Mike worked in several key roles with the company over the course of a decade, including Washington Regional Manager for its motor hotel division. Next, he spent two years with Omni Hotels (then called Dunfey Hotels), followed by four years with Registry Hotels, and then two years with Holiday Inns where he supervised development and operational activities for 130 franchised properties.
Transitioning over to Victor Management Company of Newport News, Virginia, Mike served as part owner and senior vice president for ten years where he built the company’s portfolio to 23 hotels as well as directed all development, operations and finance activities.
A graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University (now a part of the university’s SC Johnson College of Business), Mike was a 2002 inductee into the school’s wall of fame.