Thompson Atlanta-Buckhead Announces Donte Johnson as General Manager

(Atlanta, Ga.) Thompson Atlanta-Buckhead, the luxury boutique hotel located in one of Atlanta’s most desirable neighborhoods, announces Donte Johnson as general manager. Johnson is an industry veteran with over 22 years of hospitality experience managing properties across major markets including Washington D.C., Miami, Baltimore and Atlanta. 

As General Manager, Johnson executes commercial strategy and oversees hotel and property operations, such as staff management, guest satisfaction and community relations. Throughout his career Johnson has developed and fostered a mission focused on social impact, DEI and community partnerships, working with his team and mission-aligned organizations to connect with the community and support local philanthropy. As a leader in Impact hospitality and member of Hyatt’s Global Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, Johnson offers insight and guides strategy to advance achievement of local and corporate DE&I goals. 

The Thompson Atlanta-Buckhead is comprised of 201 luxury rooms and suites, a seasonal rooftop pool, a 24-hour fitness center, four private meeting facilities, a 4,187-square-foot banquet hall and three food and beverage concepts. These include Lobby Bar, a Georgian-inspired small plates and cocktail bar, Dirty Rascal, a modern Italian-American restaurant, and Tesserae, an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar.

“The Thompson Atlanta-Buckhead is revolutionizing hospitality as an urban oasis in a city with vibrant community, authenticity and culture, and I am thrilled to serve as General Manager, ” says Johnson. “Together with my team, we will continue to drive community impact, provide an elevated hotel atmosphere and create exciting value-add experiences for our guests.”

In 2001, after receiving a degree in communications from Saint Peter’s University, Johnson began his career in the hospitality industry as a concierge with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. He held several positions including Director of Guest Services, Area Revenue Manager and Assistant General Manager, before 2008, when he became the youngest employee ever promoted to General Manager for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

Johnson currently serves as one of four Co-Chairs for The American Hotel & Lodging Association’s General Manager Roundtable and is a graduate of McKinsey & Company’s Black Executive Leadership Program. He is also a member of Hyatt’s Supplier Diversity Committee, where he identifies potential growth segments and minority vendor partners and provides insight and strategic guidance in support of Hyatt’s supplier diversity goals. Johnson was named a recipient of the “Maverick Award” by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in 2023, an “Influential Marylander” by The Daily Record in 2022, one of Baltimore Business Journal’s “Leaders in Diversity” in 2021 and one of Washington Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2011. 

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