Staff

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Shelly Gherke, Controller, Vice-President of Finance

After getting her accounting degree from UW Madison, Shelly began her career in hotel accounting in 1988, joining Cornerstone Hotel Management in 1997.  To date she has over 25 years of hotel accounting experience.  She has kept up with the industry by attending numerous franchise and WH&LA conferences over the years.  Shelly’s years of experience in the industry allows her to provide support to our properties in areas other than just accounting.   Shelly strives for accuracy and consistency in all aspects of reporting.  This allows for more meaningful budgets and financial comparisons.

Shelly and her husband Kevin reside in Sun Prairie and are the proud parents on son’s Kyle and Kollin.

 

 

jenny_webJenny Olesen, Director of Sales

As the Director of Sales for Cornerstone Hotel Management Jenny oversees our portfolio of hotels and acts as a resource for the Director of Sales, Sales Managers and General Managers. She assists in setting sales goals, establishing and maintaining social media sites, organizing tradeshow appearances/booths, training of new sales staff, and creating a yearly marketing plan.

Jenny started as the Director of Sales for the Comfort Inn & Suites in DeForest when it opened in 2004.   Prior to joining Cornerstone Hotels her experience consists of Assistant General Manager of the Hampton Inn Madison East, Rooms Manager Courtyard Marriott Madison East, and Rooms Division Manager for the Best Western Midway Hotel in Brookfield. In September 2010 she earned her accounting degree from Upper Iowa University.  In June 2012, she moved into the Cornerstone office.

She served as President for the DeForest Area Rotary Club in 2011 and DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

She is a DeForest graduate and resides in DeForest with her daughter, Molly.

 

 

scott_webScott Smith, Director of Food & Beverage Operations

Based in DeForest, Scott has been with Cornerstone since 2007.  His main focus is to oversee the food and beverage aspects at all 6 of our full service hotels.  Prior to working at Cornerstone, Scott’s experience includes experience as an Executive Chef, Hotel General Manager, Hotel Food and Beverage Manager as well as a Restaurant Manager.

Scott’s formal education was at the University of Indiana and is Certified Food and Beverage Director by the National Restaurant Association and a Certified Hotel Administrator by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

Scott has and remains active in the industry serving as Past Chairman of the Board of the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association, past Chairman of Legislative Committee WH&LA and Chairman Madison Festivals Inc. (Madison Marathon, Kites on Ice, Taste of Madison, etc.).  Scott’s achievements have been recognized as he a past winner of the Wisconsin Innkeeper of the Year by WH&LA and Most Valuable Volunteer from Wisconsin by the AH&LA.

Scott enjoys Coaching Youth Basketball and is the father of three Jasmine, Isaac and Simeon.

 

maryjo_webMaryJo Eggers, Area Manager

Based at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Fort Atkinson, MaryJo oversees the Holiday Inn Express in DeForest and the Comfort Inn & Suites in Deforest. She works on analyzing financials to drive revenues and future profitability. She also works on developing programs that help drive improvements in team member engagement.

She started with Cornerstone Hotel Management as the General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express in Fort Atkinson upon its opening in 2000. Before joining Cornerstone, she was the Front Office Manager at The Madison Concourse Hotel, Assistant General Manager for the Comfort Inn Madison, Director of Sales for the Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn of Madison.

She is a graduate of Hotel and Restaurant Management from University of Wisconsin-Stout and holds a minor in Business Administration.  She has served on the Board of Directors for Rotary Club and Fort Atkinson Chamber.  She currently serves on the Tourism Committee for Fort Atkinson.

She has been married to her husband, Kim for over 20 years and has four children, Justin, Bailee, Nicole and Joshua.