Boutique Hotel Owner: Damon Lawrence

Founder of Homage Hospitality

Damon’s experience in hospitality stretches among some of the best brands in the world. A graduate of Howard University, Damon first began his journey in the nation’s capital as a front desk agent for the Thompson Hotel Group’s Donovan House Hotel in Midtown DC. From there, Damon moved within management ranks at companies such as Ritz Carlton, Intercontinental Hotel Group & Dusit International. After seeing a lack of African American brand ownership and leadership in higher management ranks Damon created the Homage Hospitality brand and oversees operations and creative direction. The Homage brand is set to open 2 locations this summer in New Orleans followed by the 2019 opening of its flagship in downtown Oakland; The Town Hotel.