The Executive Team at Aimbridge is comprised of veteran hoteliers with a history of delivering industry-leading results. Averaging over 26 years of hospitality experience, the senior executives focus on maximizing returns to partners by utilizing a unique blend of experience, resources, and relationships.
Les Bentley has over 38 years of experience in the hotel industry. He has proven expertise in leading successful executive teams, negotiating and supervising management/consulting contracts and delivering expected profits to the bottom line.
Before founding Aimbridge Hospitality, he was President of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. He led the brand and operations of all Wyndham divisions including Wyndham Hotels, Wyndham Resorts, Wyndham Grand Heritage Hotels and Wyndham Garden Hotels which encompassed over 200 properties with 45,000 rooms and more than 25,000 employees. Bentley has long been synonymous with Wyndham and helped guide the brand’s growth from just a handful of hotels into one of the nation’s leading upscale hotel and resort brands.
Prior to joining Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Bentley spent eight years with Marriott Hotels in Chicago, Austin, and Denver. In 1985 his career led him to Wyndham where he served as Vice President of Operations. In 1989, Bentley became Partner in the Wyndham Hotel Management Company, only to move up again in 1990 as President of the Wyndham Garden Hotel division. In 1997, he was named the Chief Operating Officer for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, where he was responsible for all hotels operating under the Wyndham brand.
Mr. Bentley has a B.S. degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Penn St. University. Bentley serves on the Hilton Owners Council for the Embassy Suites Brand Advisory Board.