David Lenz

Founder & Chairman

David Lenz founded the North Central Group in 1981. The North Central Group was formed for the purpose of developing, owning and operating premium select-service hotels. Dave is responsible for the company’s long-term growth strategy and positioning in the hospitality industry.

Dave is a member of Hilton Worldwide Hampton Inn & Suites Franchise Advisory Council. He is a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), past founding board member of PROMAC (Promus Acceptance Corporation), past member of the Courtyard by Marriott Franchise Advisory Council, past founding member of the Super 8 Motels, President’s Advisory Council and currently a board member of the University of Wisconsin James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate. Dave is also allied with a number of civic and community activities. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House of Madison, a founding member of the Badger Air Community Council (BACC), a member of the University of Wisconsin Bascom Hill Society, the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association, and the United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society.

Dave began his energetic career as a commercial loan officer and appraiser. He also served fourteen years as an officer in the 176th Fighter Squadron of the Wisconsin Air National Guard where he was recently designated the Squadron Honorary Commander. Today he continues his aviation interest by acting as chief pilot for North Central Group’s corporate aircraft. Dave holds a BBA in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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