Thomas Penny, III


Thomas Penny is President of Donohoe Hospitality Services LLC (DHS). As the senior leader of Donohoe Hospitality, Thomas guides the operation of a portfolio of 11 business class hotels, which are affiliated with the Marriott, Hilton, and InterContinental Hotels Group.  Thomas’ leadership responsibilities for DHS 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 the areas of employee satisfaction, guest satisfaction, market share and profitability. Thomas joined The Donohoe Companies in 1996 and he has shared a successful 21+ year career with the company in both a developmental and hands-on operational capacity.  In his most recent role with Donohoe Hospitality, Thomas served as General Manager at DHS’ Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center (CMCC) where he was responsible for oversight of the hotel’s day-to-day operations, guest service training, and strategic management of financial performance. During his nine year tenure as General Manager, the property achieved the 2nd highest RevPAR of any Marriott brand in the city for four consecutive years (Ritz Carlton excluded). Additionally, the hotel maintained the highest guest satisfaction score of any Courtyard in the city two of the last three years.

Prior to his role as CMCC General Manager, Thomas served as Assistant General Manager at DHS’ Holiday Inn Capitol where he shared responsibility for 250 employees and $40 million in annual operating revenues. In this position, Thomas served as the hotel’s guest service culture leader, while also mentoring the growth and development of his staff.

Professional Affiliations

Hotel Association of Washington, DC (HAWDC), immediate past Board Chair (2 years) and member of Executive Committee (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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