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.
Senior Vice President Caribbean Operations & Development
Rich Cortese joined Aimbridge in 2009 and has 32 years of hospitality experience. Cortese is responsible for identifying prime resort and luxury investment opportunities and oversight of resort hotel operations. Most of his more than 30 years of experience in the hotel industry has been centered on the Caribbean Region.
Prior to Aimbridge he was most recently Executive Vice President of Caribbean Property Group (CPG), where he had both management and asset management responsibilities of their 750 million dollar hotel portfolio. This portfolio included the Ritz Carlton San Juan, Marriott Aruba, Radisson San Juan, a Marriott Courtyard portfolio, and an independent Hotel in San Juan, The Normandie. Before his tenure with CPG, Cortese was responsible for overseeing the El San Juan, El Conquistador and Conrad Plaza, the most successful resorts in Puerto Rico as well as a number of other Wyndham properties throughout the Caribbean. Prior to Wyndham Resorts, Cortese was Senior Vice President - Operations of Atlantis Paradise Island and Corporate Food and Beverage Director of Hyatt Hotel Corporation.
Mr. Cortese holds a BBA from St. John’s University. In 2004, as Regional Vice President of Wyndham, Cortese was chosen as Hotelier of the Year by the Puerto Rico Hotel Association where he serves as a board member and Chairman of its Gaming Committee. Cortese was also appointed by the Governor of Puerto Rico to serve as a board member of the Puerto Rico Convention and Business Bureau.