Lore Group Names Donte P. Johnson General Manager of DC’s Forthcoming Riggs Hotel
International hospitality company Lore Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Donte P. Johnson as General Manager for the Riggs Washington DC hotel, a new property opening in late 2019 in DC's Penn Quarter.
As General Manager, Johnson will be responsible for overseeing and executing operations for the launch of Lore's first hotel project in the U.S. Housed in the former historic Riggs National Bank, the forthcoming property will feature 181 guest rooms, a ground-level restaurant, and basement bar, where Johnson's role will be to oversee all property operations for the opening, including staff hiring and management, guest satisfaction, community relations, and revenue generation.
A native Washingtonian, Johnson joins Lore Group from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants where he previously held several general manager positions across many of the brand's properties. Most recently, Johnson served as general manager during the launch of Kimpton's Mason & Rook Hotel in DC, and prior to this, the general manager for Kimpton's Surfcomber, Miami South Beach, where he led the property's rise as one of the area's most talked about hotels.
With nearly two decades of hospitality experience, Johnson began his career in hospitality with Kimpton in 2001, gaining experience in everything from revenue management to guest services. He has risen through the ranks to general manager positions at several Kimpton hotels, such as the Topaz Hotel also in Washington, DC - earning achievements and awards along the way, including being a part of Washington Business Journal's “Top 40 Under 40” list in 2011. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hotel Association of Washington, DC.