Lester Coney serves as an executive vice president in the Mesirow Office of the Chairman. He is responsible for originating and nurturing new business opportunities, working with key external stakeholders while expanding and maintaining client relationships across the firm’s business lines.
Les has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Mesirow, Les served as Aon’s national sales director.
Les was the first African American chairman of the Goodman Theatre’s board and named a life trustee. His passion for the arts and civic betterment have led him to serve as a current trustee for the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a board member for both the Miami City Ballet and the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. Les is honored to be a former trustee of Lincoln University (PA) and President Barack Obama's National Finance Committee member in both 2008 and 2012.
Les earned a Bachelor of Science from George Williams University.