International hospitality company Lore Group appointed Donte P. Johnson as GM of the Riggs Washington D.C. hotel, a new property opening in late 2019 in D.C.’s Penn Quarter.
As GM, 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 consist of 181 guestrooms, 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 GM positions across many of the brand’s properties. Most recently, Johnson served as GM during the launch of Kimpton’s Mason & Rook Hotel in DC, and before that as the GM of Kimpton’s Surfcomber, Miami South Beach.
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.