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!

Who would you say was your most influential leadership example?

Well, for the most part, I turn to the scriptures for inspirational leadership, so while there are many leaders in the Bible, in that regard at this time, I would say it would be Joseph. I love the humble and forgiving approach he took in dealing with people in his leadership role. My aspiration daily.

As I was growing up I had a teacher, Vondretta T. Parker. She was my high school Biology teacher. She was a force to be reckoned with. She was feared by students because she taught in a manner that prepared us for college and her grading would reflect that. And, if you did not work hard, do your homework or concentrate on your projects, she would call you out in class to the point of embarrassment. But, if you applied yourself and worked really hard, she was as gentle as a Spring Rain. I worked really hard in that class and won her respect. To this day I have used the words she said to us every day to my teams - "The cream of the crop will rise to the top". I love that woman. She made me better than I knew I could be and proved that I was smarter than I thought I was. I think that proves she was a great leader.

I also think Truett Cathy, Chic-Fil-A's founder would be another inspiration.

Experience has paid off

With more than 19 years of hospitality experience and working her way through the ranks at hotels to the position of CEO at her former employer, Beck Company, Kimberly has proven that she's got what it takes to work in the challenging and ever changing world of hotels.

Kimberly is the product of a Navy family and extremely proud to support the troops . . . just ask her opinion on the subject one day. She is married, lives in Virginia and love, love, loves her nephews Chap and Copeland!

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