Cornerstone Hospitality, Williamsburg, Virginia
Kimberly L. Christner is the President and CEO of Cornerstone Hospitality, a boutique hospitality managment firm located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Christner oversees the operation, development, managment and financials of the firm's portfolio. Prior to co-founding Cornerstone Hospitality, Christner worked with Beck Company, a hotel managment company, for 19 years. As CEO of Beck Company, she was responsible for assets in the Marriott, Hilton, IHG and Choice brand families as well as operating boutique and independent hotels throughout Virginia.
Securing a reputation as an experienced operator and developer of successful small boutique and independant hotels, such as the Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia, Christner has been asked to perform numerous due diligence and market studies of historic buildings for repurposing as hotels by both private individuals as well as town and city leaders. Cornerstone's primary focus is to develop and manage upscale boutique, LifeStyle and upper-midscale branded hotel properties. Currently, the firm is in the process of developing three historic hotels in Virginia, has been secured as a member of the development team converting a historic courthouse to a boutique hotel in South Carolina, overseeing the renovation and operation of the first Hampton Inn and Suites built in the country and the expansion of the existing Craddock Terry Hotel. She has conducted market and feasibility research for projects throughout the state of Virginia.
In April 2013, Cornerstone Hospitality formed a joint venture partnership to form Creative Boutique Hotels. The group is working with cities across the mid-Atlantic to restore historic buildings in Main Street communities and convert them into boutique hotels.
Christner earned her bachelor's of Buisness Administration Degree from St. Leo's University and several Executive Education certifications from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell. In 2011, she was the American Hotel & Lodging Association State Leadership Award Recipient and in 2012 was awarded the Virginia Hotel and Travel Association's Hotelier of the Year award. She has served in leadership roles on numerous boards and committees for both civic and professional organizations including VHTA, Rotart International, the YMCA and city and state tourism boards.
With more than 30 years of hospitality experience and with direct oversight of many of the large hotel full-service brands, Craig has been involved with Marriott, Hilton, Choice Hotels and Intercontinental Hotel Group all over the United States. Craig is well known in the industry for his ability to take a poorly performing property and turn it around, both financially and operationally, in a short amount of time.
Prior to co-founding Cornerstone Hospitality in 2012, Craig worked for Lane Hospitality for 17 years and was Regional Vice President of Operations at his departure. He has experience with both the large scale full-service branded properties as well as the mid-scale select-service properties.
As the Chief Operating Office for Cornerstone Hospitality, Craig is responsible for the operational oversight of all properties in the portfolio. His leadership strength is apparent in the significant revenue growth and cost savings initiatives at the managed properties as well as the increased operating performance. He also handles all renovation projects for the company including a $3 million renovation of the Hampton Inn & Suites in Newport News, Virginia.
Craig is a graduate of Christopher Newport College and was a founding member and six-term President of the Newport News Hospitality Association.
Hal Craddock has been the owner and a principal of Craddock Cunningham Architectural Partners, PC a Lynchburg based Planning, Architecture and Interior Design firm for over thirty years. Followinig his degree in Urban Design (M.Arch, VA Tech 1973), He served for two years as an urban and regional planner in the US Peace Corps in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Upon his return to the US in 1975, he began working as an architect in his native Lynchburg, and immediately took up the cause of bringing the City's once vibrant Downtown/Riverfront back to life. During the past thirty five years he and his firm have designed over $100 million in renovations, adaptive use and new construction projects in downtown, and they have developed and own several key buildings in the revitalization area. Their tour de force project is the Bluffwalk Center, a $20 million hospitality development that includes the forty four guestroom, boutique Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center; Shoemakers American Grille; The Jefferson Street Brewery; and Waterstone Pizza Restaurant and Brewpub. Bluffwalk Center has become the welcome mat for the City, and was named the top boutique hotel in Virginia in 2012. The two restaurants have consistently been ranked #1 and #2 on Trip Advisor for three years running.
In addition to adaptive use projects, Mr. Craddock and his design firm have served a number of Virginia's colleges and secondary schools as campus planners, architects and construction managers for a wide variety of projects including athletic facilities, academic buildings, student centers and student housing. The firm's current client list includes Randolph College, Averett University, Ferrum College, Sweet Briar College, Virginia Episcopal School and Fork Union Military Academy.
Mr. Craddock and his wife Doris, an artist and teacher live in Short Pump, Virginia where they raised five children, all of whom live and/or work in the New York City area.
With over 20 years experience in the construction industry, Todd is recognized for his expertise in organizational management and project delivery. He has a proven ability to successfully oversee the operations of multi-million dollar construction agencies along with construction projects. His past experience as a mechanical project manager allows him to provide useful support in the design and preconstruction phase of a project.
Todd joined MB Contractors in 2001 as a project manager and assistant director of operations. Just one year later, Todd was promoted to vice president and general manager. Since July 2006, Todd became a part- owner of the company and has led MB as the president of the company.
As president, Todd assumes responsibility for total management of day-to-day operations of the company including estimating, accounts payable and receivables, project management, manpower and equipment allocations, as well as the overall performance of the company with respect to the services rendered.
Todd has an MBA from Virginina Tech and a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Mike CagleAs Executive VP of MB Contractors, Mike has 16 years of experience in the construction industry and has developed a strong ability to estimate cost and provide guidelines to help keep projects within budget. He has estimated and assembled bids on various hard-bid public and negotiated private projects ranging from $100,000 to $100 million. Mike is the primary point of contact and coordinator of projects during the bidding or preconstruction phase. He provides comprehensive conceptual estimates and detailed budgets by working with key subcontractors and suppliers.
Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, magna cum laude, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina (PE). He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and is an Annual Guest Lecturer for Virginia Tech's Building Construction Department Leadership. He is also a Board Member of the Roanoke District of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).