Board of Directors

  • Robert L. Johnson
    Founder and Chairman
    Robert L. Johnson
    Founder and Chairman

    Robert L. Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies, an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies in hotel real estate investment, private equity, financial services, asset management, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. In July 2007, Johnson was named by USA Today as one of the 25 most influential business leaders of the past 25 years. Core assets of The RLJ Companies includ …

  • Leslie D. Hale
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Leslie D. Hale
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Leslie Hale is President and Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Lodging Trust, and serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to August 2018, she served as Chief Financial Officer since 2007, Executive Vice President of Real Estate & Finance since 2013 and Chief Operating Officer since 2016. Ms. Hale is responsible for all financial matters and daily operations across RLJ. She is intricately involved in the company’s investment decision-making and long-term strategic planning. In addition, Ms. Hale overse …

  • Robert M. La Forgia
    Robert M. La Forgia

    Mr. La Forgia is principal of Apertor Hospitality, LLC, a national advisory and asset management services firm specializing in the hospitality and gaming industries, which he founded in August 2009. In March 2008, Mr. La Forgia joined The Atalon Group, a boutique turnaround management and advisory firm specializing in troubled real estate situations and served as Executive Vice President – Finance of certain Atalon Group subsidiaries, until July 2010. Prior to this, Mr. La Forgia held a number of leade …

  • Nathaniel A. Davis
    Nathaniel A. Davis

    Mr. Davis currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN). Prior to this, Mr. Davis has served as managing director of RANDD Advisory Group, a business consulting group that advises venture capital, media, and technology firms since 2013. From 2006 through 2008, Mr. Davis was the President and Chief Executive Officer of XM Satellite Radio and served on the XM board of directors from 1999 until 2008. Mr. Davis was an Executive in Residence of Columbia Capital, a ven …

  • Glenda G. McNeal
    Glenda G. McNeal

    Since 1989, Ms. McNeal has worked for the American Express Company (NYSE: AXP), serving as its Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Global Client Group in Merchant Services Americas since 2010. Ms. McNeal began her career with Arthur Andersen, LLP in 1982 and was employed by Salomon Brothers, Inc. from 1987 until 1989. She serves on the board of directors of United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States, Ca …

  • Evan Bayh
    Evan Bayh

    Since 2010, Senator Bayh has been a partner at McGuireWoods LLC, a global diversified law firm, and a senior advisor at Apollo Global Management, a leading global alternative asset management firm. From 1998 through 2010, Senator Bayh was a member of the United States Senate, representing the state of Indiana. He served on six Committees - Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Armed Services; Energy and Natural Resources; the Select Committee on Intelligence; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the  …

  • Arthur R. Collins
    Arthur R. Collins

    Since 1989, Mr. Collins has served as Managing Partner of theGROUP, a government relations and public affairs consulting firm that Mr. Collins founded. Mr. Collins currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees of Morehouse School of Medicine and as a member of the boards of trustees of The Brookings Institution and Meridian International Center. He has previously served as chairman of the board of trustees of Florida A&M University. Mr. Collins received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and …

  • Patricia L. Gibson
    Patricia L. Gibson

    Ms. Gibson currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Banner Oak Capital Partners, which she co-founded in October 2016. Prior to this, Ms. Gibson was President of Hunt Realty Investments, Inc., or Hunt, the centralized real estate investment management company for the Hunt family and related entities. She joined Hunt as Senior Vice President in 1997. Ms. Gibson previously served as a trustee of FelCor Lodging Trust from March 2016 to August 2016.  …

  • Robert J. McCarthy
    Robert J. McCarthy

    Mr. McCarthy has served as the Chairman of HDP since March of 2014. From 1975 until his retirement in 2014, Mr. McCarthy worked for Marriott International, where he served in a variety of leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, Northeast Region from 1995 to 2000; Executive Vice President, Operations from 2000 to 2002; President, North America from 2003 to 2009; Group President from 2009 to 2011, and Chief Operations Officer from March 2012 until February 2014. Mr. McCarthy is a director  …