Kimberly L. Christner

President and CEO

kimberly-christner-portraitPrior to developing Cornerstone Hospitality, Kimberly worked for long-time and well-respected hotelier Robert Beck, President of Beck Company, for 19 years. During that time he allowed her to grow and gave her room to develop her skill set. When she left Beck Company she was in the position of CEO, had participated in the building and opening process of four hotels, renovation of three and daily operation of 11 hotels.

 

What do you like most about the hospitality business?

I think that's a tough question. There are several things I love about the hospitality business so it's hard to categorize. I love that every day is different, that I get to interact with people from all walks of life and that we get to make a difference every day both with the people we work with and the guests we serve. Of course achieving goals, winning awards and making money for our owners has its own exciting place!

Craig K. Larson

Chief Operations Officer

craig-larson-portraitPrior to joining Cornerstone Hospitality, Craig has worked for Hilton hotels at all 4 of their core brands, including Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn. Craig also had the distinct honor of opening the second Embassy Suites ever built, converting the first Homewood Suites and opening the world's first Hampton Inn & Suites located in Newport News, VA.

What do you like most about the hospitality business?

There are several things about this business that keep me motivated day in and day out. Despite the fact that this is basically the same business everywhere, having the ability to meet different guests from all parts of the country and the world is a very rewarding feeling. I take great pride in my team, watching them grow in their roles within the company and have had the pleasure of working for some of the best ownership groups one could ask for. I have been in this business since I was 14 years old growing up in Williamsburg, VA. In fact my first hospitality job was with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as a dishwasher at one of their food and beverage outlets.

Sandee Swearingen

director of Sales, eCommerce and MArketing Strategy

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Prior to working with Cornerstone Hospitality, Sandee worked for TravelClick and Micros and is extremely knowledgeable in all facets of sales, marketing, competitive data, social media, e-commerce and revenue management.  She oversees our sales teams and develops marketing strategies that are impactful to our revenue performance.

Sandee is a sales professional with 20 + years Selling experience in the hospitality Industry, having worked with full-service hotels, such as Embassy Suites, as a Director of Sales for 10 years, and for the past 10 has been strategically helping hotels and resorts improve their online performance with successful Web strategies,  and marketing. She is an invaluable part of the Cornerstone Hospitality team.

Specialties:  Revenue Management, Market Analysis, Internet Marketing, Social Media, Sales Strategist, Website Development and Management, Development of Sales Teams

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Christopher Simpson

Regional Director of Operations

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Chris has experience in both full service and limited service operations.   His previous positions at the Hilton Lake Placid and High Peaks Resort  have given him an opportunity to work in a full service, 4 Diamond AAA service abilities and an innate ability to service our guests.  His understanding of Hilton brand products and services make him invaluable in assisting with our limited and full-service properties.

Chris works in the field to support our management and teams offering training, direction, P&L review, QA improvement plans and guest satisfaction improvements. 

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Dana English, CPA

Accounting Executive

dana-english-portraitDana English is a seasoned accounting executive for Watkins Meegan, LLC specializing in providing various accounting, finance and tax services to clients in the hospitality and real estate industries. With over 16 years of progressive experience, prior to working for Watkins Meegan, Ms. English has served as Vice President and Controller for another large Hospitality Management Company.

Maureen Coon

Director of Sales, Hampton Roads

maureen-coon-portraitMaureen has over 35 years of sales, marketing and revenue management experience with branded, boutique, full and select-service hotels. Prior to joining Cornerstone Hospitality Maureen was Regional Director of Sales with Lane Hospitality and Victor Management.

Her expertise lies in her expert knowledge and strategic sales abilities to improve revenue performance immediately in the markets in which she works. Maureen's experience with varying brands and independent properties allows her to work across both the traditional and innovative lines and methods of revenue generation. She has been responsible for the generation of millions in revenues and healthy profits to the bottom lines in the hotels she has been associated.

Kim Cox

Director of Sales, Central Virginia Region

kim-cox-portraitAs the Director of Sales in the Lynchburg, Virginia area, Kim brings a dynamic and driven personality to the market. Prior to joining the Craddock Terry Hotel as Director of Sales, she worked as a meeting planner for all of the Southeastern States' Motorcoach Associations.

Kim maintains relationships with her clients, guests and hotel team members to insure that each experience is memorable. Her 'out of the box' thinking style as well as the fact that she will do whatever it takes to create the 'win' for both hotel and guest make her contribution to the team immeasurable. Her strengths are with the corporate, consoritas and group markets.