Juan A. Webster
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore
With more than 15 years in the hospitality industry and dedication to improving the Baltimore community, Juan Webster, general manager of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor, has won many awards recognizing his commitment to the community.
He was given the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the International Rescue Committee and a commendation from past and present mayors of Baltimore for his local contributions. Webster and his wife Kisha founded the LACC Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at improving the lives of the homeless.
“Each time I am recognized I am reminded that I am a young African American male from rural North Carolina, born and raised on a dirt road with limited exposure and options,” Webster said.
Webster serves on several local boards, including the mayor’s Squeegee Corps, which guides Baltimore’s youth to a path of employment; Kennedy Krieger lnstitute’s PACT, which promotes the development of children with special needs; and Suited to Succeed, which works to improve the economic independence of women experiencing hardship by providing professional attire, career development, life skills training, networks of support and tools to help them to become successful in life.
He also serves as a Bridgebuilder and member of the Friends of St. Vincent de Paul Church to connect volunteers to local homeless, displaced and at-risk citizens for support.
In his time with Kimpton, Webster has created a partnership between Hotel Monaco and the Baltimore City Public Schools to develop an in-house achievement program highlighting students’ achievements in the classroom and tying their achievements back to the local community.
“Statistically, I wasn’t supposed to make it. I take pride in defying the odds and creating an avenue for the next generation of leaders,” he said.