Robert L. Johnson
Founder & Chairman
Robert L. Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies, an innovative business network that owns or holds interests in a diverse portfolio of companies in the banking/financial services, real estate, hospitality, professional sports, film production, gaming and automotive industries. In July 2007, Mr. Johnson was named by USA Today as one of the “25 Most Influential Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years.”
Prior to forming The RLJ Companies, Mr. Johnson was Founder and Chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET), the nation’s first and leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news, sports and public affairs programming for the African American audience. Under Mr. Johnson’s leadership, BET became the first African American owned company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2001, Mr. Johnson sold BET to Viacom for approximately $3 billion and remained the Chief Executive Officer through 2006.
Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr.
Co-Founder & President
Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr. has direct day-to-day responsibility for all of the activities of RLJ Development, LLC (RLJ), a privately held real estate investment company founded and led by Robert L. Johnson and Mr. Baltimore. RLJ and its affiliates, including two private equity funds (RLJ Lodging Fund II and RLJ Real Estate Fund III), have nearly $2 billion in equity under management from several major public and corporate pension funds and financial institutions. RLJ currently owns 142 hotels in major markets in North America, with more than 17,000 guest rooms and a portfolio value in excess of $2 billion. Mr. Baltimore is a seasoned and experienced hospitality executive.
Prior to launching RLJ, Mr. Baltimore was with Hilton Hotels Corporation as Vice President, Development and Finance (1999 to 2000), and Vice President, Gaming Development (1997 to 1998). From 1994 to 1996, he was Vice President, Business Development, for Host Marriott Services (a spin-off entity from Host Marriott Corporation). He worked for Marriott Corporation from 1988 to 1989 and from 1991 to 1993, and held various positions in the company, including Senior Director and Manager. Prior to his employment with Marriott, Mr. Baltimore was a staff auditor for Price Waterhouse.
Mr. Baltimore earned a B.S. degree from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia in 1985 and an M.B.A. from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia in 1991. He serves as a Trustee of the Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia, and is a board member of the University’s Jefferson Scholars Foundation. He is a Director of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: IART), Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) and Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE: DRE). He is also a member of Hilton Hotel Corporation Owners’ Advisory Board, Marriott International National Association Board and the American Hotel & Lodging Association Industry Real Estate Finance Advisory Council.