Embree C. Bedsole
Senior Managing Director

Hospitality – US and Global

Embree C. “Chuck” Bedsole is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in Dallas. He advises companies from the US, Latin America, Asia, and Europe on hospitality, tourism and real estate projects across the globe. Chuck brings more than 37 years of industry experience, including 23 years with international professional service firms and five years of corporate-level experience with hospitality companies in the areas of merger and acquisitions, development, finance operations, and marketing. He brings substantial domestic and international experience with various hospitality asset types including hotels, mixed-use resort developments, hotel condominiums, interval ownership, all-inclusive resorts, and marinas. He is also experienced in residential, commercial, and industrial projects in Latin America.

  • Experience

    With advisory experience that includes strategic planning, asset management, due diligence, feasibility, valuation, marketing, and financing engagements for multinational companies, capital sources, developers, financial institutions, and governments, Chuck has worked in major markets in the US, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and Latin America. His clients have included significant private equity funds, investment banks, bankruptcy estates, institutional capital sources, and international lodging companies.

    Chuck also brings significant restructuring and workout experience through two major lodging industry downturns, including major assignments as the chief restructuring officer for a large destination resort in Mexico, another destination resort in Utah, and debtor and creditor advisory assignments for multiple master-planned resorts and lodging portfolios. He was also responsible for the more than 30 billion lodging portfolio within the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate from 2009-2012.

    Before Ankura, Chuck founded and led the hospitality and leisure group at A&M for 15 years, served as a practice leader in the hospitality and leisure group of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and for seven years was a practice leader for Latin America and hospitality in Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Advisory Services Group. Prior to his experience leading hospitality advisory practices, he served as the director of development for Jack Tar Village Resorts, Inc. (a subsidiary of Sammons Travel & Resorts) and was responsible for resort acquisitions in Latin America and the Caribbean. He began his career in hotel operations and marketing serving as a hotel general manager and later as a corporate director of sales for Vista Host, Inc., a hotel management company based in Houston.

    Chuck earned a degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. He is a lead sponsor of the Dallas Hotel Conference and the Hospitality Law Conference and is a frequent speaker at key industry conferences on lodging and real estate development in the US and abroad.

    He has authored numerous articles for industry publications, including GlobeSt.com, National Hotel Executive, and Hotels magazine. He also served as a guest lecturer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s Certificate in Property Repositioning program.

  • News & events
    • 2019 Dallas Hotel Conference, Dallas, Texas – “Industry Leadership Panel”, November 2019
    • 2019 Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, Texas – “Fireside Chat with  Rob Schmitz”, General Counsel for Hyatt Hotels, April 2019
    • 2018 Dallas Hotel Conference, Dallas, Texas – “Industry Leadership Panel”, November 2018
    • 2018 Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, Texas – “Fireside Chat with Jeff Holdaway, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Marriott International, Inc.”, April 2018
    • 2017 Dallas Hotel Conference, Dallas, Texas – “State of the Industry”, November 2017
    • 2017 Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, Texas – “Cause & Effect: Noteworthy Developments of 2016 and What They Mean for Hospitality Owners and Operators Moving Forward”, April 2017
    • 2016 Dallas Hotel Conference, Dallas, Texas – “The Capital Markets: When will the Bubble Burst?”, October 2016
    • 2015 Dallas Hotel Conference, Dallas, Texas – “The Capital Markets: When will the Bubble Burst?” October 2015
    • 2015 Hospitality Opportunities Latin America Conference, Miami, Florida – “How to do Business in Latin America Part 1: Thinking Global but Partnering Local” April 2015
    • 2015 Hospitality Opportunities Latin America Conference, Miami, Florida – “How to do Business in Latin America Part 2: Acquisition and Development in Latin America” April 2015