“As Chicago’s Daniel Burnham said, “Make no small plans.” Arbor Lodging doesn’t want to be one of many; we want to be the best, to manage the hotels you write home about. And we do it while having fun, and building careers. Join Arbor Lodging if you like to dream big.”

-Vamsi Bonthala, CEO, Arbor Lodging Partners


Vamsi Bonthala is a co-founder of Arbor Lodging and Chief Executive Officer of Arbor Lodging Partners, the investment arm of Arbor Lodging. In this role, Vamsi leads general corporate strategy and all efforts related to capital partnerships and asset acquisitions/dispositions.

Prior to co-founding Arbor Lodging, Vamsi practiced corporate law in the Private Equity group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and the Real Estate Group of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

Vamsi earned his BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan, where he received Class Honors and University Honors. Vamsi earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law. Vamsi has been a speaker at industry events, is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the Economic Club of Chicago and the President’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and is active in alumni affairs for Phillips Exeter Academy. A previous Ambassador of the IHG Owners Association and a previous board member of the Directors of Open Books, he was recently named a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader of 2017 as well being recognized among the Real Estate Forum Magazine’s 50 Under 40 of 2015.