Before he was 30, Les formed RPM Deck Grating, a manufacturing company, which was later sold to Harsco. He subsequently founded a Grating distribution company and was a founding associate of SHC Direct, a Chicago area loyalty marketing firm. He served SHCD as both Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Chief Operating Officer. Les designed programs and led operating teams on programs for virtually all the current top ten credit card issuers. He is considered an authority on customer loyalty marketing and has addressed national conferences on the subject.
As a Vistage Chairman, Les completed training in 2005 and now chairs three peer groups for Chief Executive Officers. He is an expert group facilitator, skilled at helping his members solve business problems together and learn from each other's experiences.
Les is also an accomplished executive coach. His work with a full variety of C-level executives has helped them to identify and eliminate barriers to growth.