After 44 years in banking Les retired as City President of Peoples First Bank in 2008. Previously he was Senior Vice President with Barnett Bank of Tallahassee and Executive Vice President of SunTrust Bank of Tallahassee. He currently is a Real Estate Broker with NAI/Talcor Commercial Real Estate Services and President of Southern Highland Investments, LLC.
He graduated from Florida State University in 1964 with a Business Administration degree. He later graduated from the ABA Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and the ABA National School of Real Estate at Ohio State University.
Active in the community, he previously served as a member and Chairman of the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority, a member and Chairman of the Tallahassee/Leon County Zoning Commission, the President of the Tallahassee Mortgage Banking Association, President of the Tallahassee YMCA, member of the Board of Directors of the SunTrust Bank of Tallahassee and other organizations. He currently is active in the Economic Club of Florida and the Tallahassee, Florida and National Board of Realtors. He is member of Faith Presbyterian Church.
He has been married to Arwena Bell for 50 years and has two children and 5 grandchildren. He became a Trustee in 2017.