Kimpton’s Surfcomber Miami, South Beach announced the additions of hospitality veterans Donte Johnson as general manager, and Alex Batista as director of sales and marketing of oceanfront hotel that combines the best of South Beach with the welcoming elements of surprise and delight the Kimpton brand is known for.
Originally from Washington, D.C. Johnson is no stranger to the Kimpton family, having started his career with hotel group more than twelve years ago as a guest service agent and most recently, serving as general manager of Topaz Hotel in Washington, D.C. With more than 13 years of experience and a track record of success at Kimpton, Johnson is excited about the change of scenery and the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective and forward-thinking approach to the property. As the newly appointed general manager, Johnson will oversee all hotel operations and ensure the creation and execution of business plans, marketing strategies, sales activities, and property operations, while maintaining guest and employee satisfaction. Johnson is also a shining model of true leader in his spare time, evidenced by his involvement in the community, which includes serving on the board of directors for The Hotel Association of Washington D.C., mentoring the next generation as an advisory board member at The Hospitality High School of Washington, D.C. and his notch on The Washington Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” list.
Also new to the team is Alex Batista, who brings more than 19 years of experience in the hospitality sales industry to Surfcomber. As the hotel’s new director of sales and marketing, Batista will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic marketing and sales plans to achieve property and corporate objectives. He will also establish and maintain relationships with industry influencers and key strategic partners that will help to position Surfcomber as the area’s choice hotel for boutique offerings. Prior to joining the Surfcomber team, Batista was the director of sales at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, where he was responsible for achieving group, catering and food and beverage revenue goals, maintaining booking pace, and achieving guest and associate satisfaction.