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Robert Johnson, chairman and founder of RLJ Lodging Trust, in his Bethesda office. (Jeffrey MacMillan/Capital Business)

Public companies and financial services

RLJ Lodging Trust

The real estate investment trust, led by chief executive Thomas J. Baltimore Jr., debuted as a public company in May. It later acquired the 176-room Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Historic District hotel for $42 million, expanding its portfolio to 141 hotels in the United States.

Trivia

Chairman Robert J. Johnson founded Black Entertainment Television, the first channel targeting African Americans.

3 Bethesda Metro Center

Bethesda Md., 20814

301-280-7700

rljlodgingtrust.com

Founded: 2000

Executive chairman: Robert L. Johnson

Revenue: $80

Assets: $16,220

Employees (local): 51 (51)

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