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holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Interior Design from Montana State University, and has been associated in the design field for the last thirty eight years. He has successfully completed and satisfied all requirements of National Council of Interior Design Qualification Board. Prior to 1990, he spent six years with A & E Architects, advancing to Associate in 1987. As a project manager and interior designer with A & E Architects, he was involved in numerous historical and new structure projects throughout the Intermountain Region. Most notable was Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park.
In 1990, Mitch started RIVER RUN INTERIORS, a full service interiors retail store. He was responsible for all aspects of Interior Design for Retail Stores, Law Offices, Restaurants, Residential as well as large monumental work such as interior design of the guest rooms at the Old Faithful Inn – Yellowstone National Park. In 1993, Mitch was recognized for his work by a national publication, Hospitality Design Magazine. As the owner of RIVER RUN INTERIORS, Mitch Thompson directed an interior design/retail business supplying both residential and commercial businesses with furniture, accessories, etc. as well as offering a wide range of design services for all types of clients.
From 1994 until recently, Mitch has been the Founder and Owner of Mitch Thompson Associates, specializing in the interior design of FFE procurement for boutique and luxury hotels, as well as many award-winning restaurants. As a Senior Designer with The Cornerstone Collective, Mitch provides conceptual, schematic and design development services, along with FF&E selection and specification. He is well-known for his highly custom design capabilities in numerous signature projects throughout the world.
Courtney Rackley is excited to be the newest member of the Cornerstone team. She grew up between Colorado and Southern California, before heading east. She attended NYU for her BFA and Harvard for her MFA. After spending years working in entertainment development, she found a new home working with interior designers where she could marry her design and organizational skills. She works both for residential and is excited to expand to hospitality. She keeps herself busy away from work as an abstract painter.
From a young age, Stefanie has always had a passion for helping people. She is committed to providing the ultimate client experience while delivering quality results in her role of business Development for Cornerstone.
Stefanie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. She brings a wide range of hotel knowledge, specializing in management operations, account sales and event management. Her hard work has been positively recognized throughout more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. Stefanie’s relationship driven personality and kindhearted approach sparks joy to our team!
A true Arizonan, Stefanie enjoys the summer months and breathtaking sunsets. During her free time, she enjoys DIY projects, listening to music and exploring the outdoors.
Elena Pikor is a versatile executive with over 20 years of experience in established, startup, and on/offshore environments. Elena possesses broad expertise in the hospitality industry and holds an MBA degree in Financial Analysis, Accounting, and Audit. She held leadership roles at Intercontinental, Omni, and Four Seasons Hotels. Elena’s unique and wide-ranging skill set has enabled her to successfully contribute in a variety of roles, including asset management, market intelligence, and revenue management, talent acquisition and development, service operations and customer relations management, financial services, project and product management.
Elena gained substantial global experience managing cross-functional teams on large trading projects in Germany, Turkey, China, India, and Russia. She is a strong motivator with well-developed influencing and consensus-building skills. Elena excels at generating and maximizing revenue, creating effective distribution strategies while delivering unparalleled customer service.
NCIDQ, LEED AP
Heather has always had an interest in the built environment and a curiosity about how people are affected by their spaces. She was introduced to design when she participated in Take Your Daughter to Work Day, solidifying her desire to learn more about the design profession.
While studying at the University of Texas School of Architecture in Austin, Texas, Heather began working with clients on residential and commercial projects before graduating in 2007. Since then her experience has expanded to also include multifamily and hospitality design. She is passionate about the spaces she creates and how people interact with them – from the interior architecture down to the tiniest details that elevate a design.
Another passion of Heathers is traveling and she loves a good road trip. This has led to her to move to Seattle, Washington, and then on to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. When she is not in her home state of Texas you will find her in Cabo enjoying the sunny beaches with her photographer husband and 2 rescue dogs.
NCIDQ, ASID, Fitwell Ambassador
Beth is an experienced and knowledgeable interior designer that has designed exclusively for hospitality interiors over the last 11 years. With a broad understanding of both the interior design and procurement processes, she is able to expertly plan for the entire project from inception through completion. What she enjoys most about hospitality design is that it is always evolving and there is always something new to learn! She is dedicated to creating beautiful and interesting interiors that also meet the budget and schedule.
A recent transplant to Scottsdale, AZ, Beth grew up in Central Florida where she earned three degrees in Interior Design: a BAS in Interior Design, an AS in Kitchen & Bath Specialization and an AS in Interior Design Technology. Beth is an NCIDQ certified interior designer and a Fitwell Ambassador. She is excited to now be studying towards becoming a WELL Accredited Professional as she has a passion for health and wellness that she can infuse into her work.
When not in the office, Beth enjoys hiking, yoga, preparing healthy meals, reading and spending time with her husband and two dogs. Her two favorite pieces of advice are “Measure Twice, Cut Once” and “If Anything Can Go Well It Will”!
CHIEF GROWTH OFFICER
Gene Lim’s reputation and extensive background in business development, sales, marketing, advertising, branding, packaging, creative, storytelling, and ability to forge strategic partnerships spans nearly 25 years. As founder and CEO of the creative agency MAV12, he works within the corporate and entertainment fields building brands and businesses through strategy, film, tv, video production, digital, mobile, social media, distribution, celebrity/influencer outreach while leveraging proprietary algorithms and green screen technologies. Gene has worked with such prominent and diverse Fortune 500 clients such as Disney, DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, Sony, Universal Pictures, Paramount, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, AT&T, SAP, and Microsoft to name a few.
On the philanthropic side, Gene served as Global Chairman of the Strategic Alliances Committee for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global entity of entrepreneurs in over 57 countries, raising millions of dollars, forging relationships with UN, G20, B20, NYSE, the White House, State Department, WSJ, Financial Times, INC, Entrepreneur, Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and universities. Gene helped create and launch NYSE Big Startup with EO to bring together the world’s most recognized companies and business leaders to engage with EO’s fast-growth entrepreneurs. He also represents the U.S. on the G20 YEA (Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance), a global network of industrialized and developing nations championing the cause of entrepreneurship and world economic development.
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN
David Anttila, Assoc. IIDA, Director of Design, has over 35 years of professional design experience which has included all aspects of corporate, hospitality, retail, healthcare, and residential interior design. Areas of specific expertise include branding, conceptual development, architectural expression, space planning, design development and detailing, and project supervision. Related design work includes landscape design, product design, lighting design, contract furniture, accessories, and graphic design. He leads Cornerstone’s entire design team and coordinates extensively with Collective Associates.
David held the position of Design Director at both EHDD Architecture in San Francisco and at Reel Grobman in San Jose. Other design-related work experience includes Environetics, New York; Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Designs, San Francisco; Gensler, Detroit and Los Angeles; HOK, Los Angeles; and ZGF Architects, Portland.
David has been dedicated to design education throughout his professional career and for several years, he directed both graduate and undergraduate CIDA accredited programs in Interior Architecture and Design for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. David’s interest in design education is reflected in how he greatly enjoys mentoring both staff and clients throughout the design process.
ASID, LEED AP ID+C
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
Suzie Hall, ASID, LEED AP ID+C, NEWH Member, is the Founder and President of The Cornerstone Collective, an award-winning design and construction collective servicing the hospitality, commercial, and multi-family markets. Highly regarded as an interior design and procurement expert with a specialty in modular design, she launched the Cornerstone Collective in early 2020. This high-level collaborative consultancy provides clients with access to best in class associates and resources across dozens of channels through a single point of contact. Her work in the LEED and healthcare markets is significant, with 20 LEED projects to her credit, as well as over two dozen healthcare projects where wellness and sustainability were the primary focus.
Results-oriented, innovative, and a strategic thinker, Ms. Hall has led numerous design teams to award-winning results over her 32-year career, having founded and successfully navigated two companies through multiple downturns. Passionate, intuitive and communicative, she brings a powerful combination of skills to each relationship and project she undertakes. Ms. Hall also is a founding partner of Open Spaces Northwest, an energy efficiency and sustainability consulting firm serving the hospitality, commercial and municipality markets.
Ms. Hall received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Business Management from the University of Puget Sound before moving into design, which gives her a unique view of the industry, allowing her to combine aesthetic appeal with business realities. She currently serves on the Boards of the St. Alphonsus Hospital Foundation and the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advisory Council. Ms. Hall is the 2020 Chair for the American Heart Association Go Red for Women campaign. She is a recent Past Chapter President of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Idaho. She also serves on the EO Regional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and is a Global Women’s Entrepreneur Day Ambassador.