Who We Are

BHG Development oversees a diverse collection of dynamic and successful properties in New York’s Hudson River Valley Region. These include an independent hotel, conference facilities and catering halls that host more than 4,000 distinct events annually, signature restaurants, luxury rental housing, and a world class private golf club. In addition to owning and managing numerous properties with more than 1,200 employees, BHG has completed over $200 million in private development projects, in some cases remediating contaminated property and restoring failed ventures to profitability.

Joseph A. Bonura Jr.

Principal – Development

Joseph A Bonura Jr. is a Principal at BHG Development where he is the driving force behind development and innovation. Joe’s vision has led BHG to now own and operate restaurants, catering facilities, hotels, country clubs, marinas, and rental properties throughout the Hudson Valley.

Joe earned degrees in Computer Science and Finance from the University of Virginia before starting his career as a software engineer in Washington, DC. He later moved back to the Hudson Valley to assist BHG in revitalizing the dilapidated Poughkeepsie Waterfront, transforming an abandoned sewer treatment plan into the successful Shadows on the Hudson Restaurant, Marina and Grandview Catering facility.

Joe later spearheaded the multi-million dollar renovations of the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Anthony’s Pier 9, and the hurricane damaged West Hills Country Club.

He’s also led in the construction of Billy Joe’s Ribworks, a 12,000 SF retail center in Newburgh, a multi-family residential complex named The Water Club and a 102 home neighborhood development called Tradition at Red Hook.

Apart from commercial work, Joe continues to serve the local community in many roles including: Board of Directors for the Economic Development Corporation of Dutchess County and Walkway Over the Hudson. Chair of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County Advisory Board and served on the Board of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley from 2002 until 2016. Chair of the Board of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and currently serves as Vice President for The Poughkeepsie Alliance.

Michael E. Bonura

Principal – Operations

Michael Bonura is a founding principal of BHG Development. Mike is responsible for all aspects of hospitality and entertainment operations as well as oversight over all back office and accounting functions of the group. Concept development, menu development, programming, and implementation are some of his specific functions. Mike is especially versed at developing a mix of product offerings tailored to a specific marketplace under ever-changing socioeconomic pressures.

A magna cum laude graduate of the Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy at Wake Forest University, Mike returned home to the family business right out of college in 2000. At that time, what would become the Bonura Hospitality Group consisted of a wedding venue in need of a rebranding and a hotel in need of a renovation. Over the next dozen years, under the stewardship of Mike and his brother Joe, Bonura Hospitality flourished into an eight-concept enterprise employing over 1200 people and hosting over 4000 events per year.

Beyond development of commercial endeavors, Mike has committed himself to giving back to the community in which he was born and raised. He is the incoming chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties. Involvement at a high level with an organization that touches all nonprofit groups locally has truly connected Mike with causes that matter throughout the region.