Thomas Penny

Board Member

Practice Area


Thomas guides the operation of a portfolio of business class hotels affiliated with the Marriott, Hilton, Choice, and InterContinental Hotels Group. Thomas’ leadership responsibilities for Donohoe Hospitality include strategic planning, overall operational direction, development and acquisition of properties, and long-term financial and capital planning.

Thomas is a career hospitality professional with multi-brand hotel experience and a history of achieving above-average results in employee satisfaction, guest satisfaction, market share, and profitability. Thomas joined Donohoe in 1996, and he has shared a successful 21+ year career with the company in both a developmental and hands-on operational capacity.
Hotel Association of Washington, DC (HAWDC), immediate past board chair (2 years) and Executive Committee member (2008-present)
Destination DC, board and Executive Committee member (2014-2016)
Hospitality High School Public Charter School, founding board member (1999-2015)
DC Public Education Fund, member (2013-present)
DC Mayor’s Workforce Investment Council, Executive Committee member (2011-present)
DC Career Academies Network (DCCAN), co-chair (2013-present)
DC National Academy Foundation (DCNAF) Executive Hospitality Board, founding chair and present co-chair (2013-present)
So Others Might Eat, member (2010-present)
DC Central Kitchen, member (2014-present)
DC Downtown Business Improvement District, member (2015-present)
DC Mayor’s Chancellor Selection Committee, member (2016-present)
Covenent House Washington, DC, member (2017-present)
2016 Advisory Board Champion Award – National Academy Foundation
2016 Lamp of Knowledge Award (Inaugural) – American Hotel & Lodging Association
2016 E.B. Williams Excellence in Business Award – DC Morehouse College Alumni Association
2014 National Academy Foundation Partner Award (Inaugural) – Courtyard Marriott
2011 Charles Horsky Civic Leadership Award – Visitor’s Service Center
2010 Minority Business Leader Award – Washington Business Journal
2009 Top 40 Under 40 Award – The Network Journal
2009 Legacy Award for Mentoring – 100 Black Men of Greater Washington
2009 Lifetime Achievement Award – National Society of Minorities in Hospitality Howard University Chapter
2006 National Employer of the Year – Bridges Marriott Foundation
2000 Stars of the Industry Manager of the Year – Hotel Association of Washington, DC

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