Leadership

Craig Christianson - Principal, CEO

Craig@Chris-Bro.com

As a South Dakota native, Craig has nearly twenty years in corporate and commercial real estate banking experience. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, Craig spent nearly thirteen years in Phoenix, Arizona working with developers. Craig then moved to Sheboygan, Wisconsin where his primary focus became corporate family owned businesses. Throughout this process Mr. Christianson worked with a number of large businesses and developed a strong skill set in evaluating the financial strength and overall performance of a company.

Mr. Christianson took his financial expertise and entered the hotel business in 2000 as he and his brother broke ground on their first property. Since then, Craig has been involved with all aspects of hotel ownership and management. With Mr. Christianson’s lead, the company was able to expand and build an additional hotel in 2002 and yet another in 2006. This growth was possible due to the financial success of the existing property. Cash flow from the previous properties was used to finance the new hotels. He has successfully overseen the development, construction, and management of each property. The hotels under Mr. Christianson’s oversight have received recognition within each respective franchise earning numerous awards over the years.

Harry Christianson - Principal, Legal Counsel

Harry@Chris-Bro.com

Admitted to bar in 1974, South Dakota.

Education: Kemper Military College (A.A. 1969); University of South Dakota (B.S., 1971);

University of South Dakota (J.D. 1974).

Mr. Christianson has served as counsel to Governor William J. Janklow and as the Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Commerce and Regulation. He serves as a lobbyist and as an administrative law counsel for numerous major corporations and trade associations before the South Dakota State Legislature and state and federal agencies. Mr. Christianson has been instrumental in the development of numerous businesses in western South Dakota, assisting with capital formation from both private and government sources and regulatory approval for clients in these efforts. Mr. Christianson served on the South Dakota Banking commission and was a member of the Gaming Law Committee of the South Dakota Bar Association. He currently serves on the South Dakota Commission of Gaming. Mr. Christianson has also served as counsel for the Gold Dust Casino and Hotel. His firm specialized in representing hotels, casinos, and restaurants.

Mark Aftanski - Chief Operating Officer

Mark@Chris-Bro.com

Bringing with him over 25 years of hospitality experience, Mr. Aftanski joined Chris-Bro Hospitality as COO in 2017. Most recently, Mark was a VP of Operations for 7 years with White Lodging, where he was responsible for a portfolio of market-leading suburban and urban hotels encompassing Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, and IHG brands. Prior to joining White Lodging, Mr. Aftanski was with Hyatt Hotels where he held the position of Regional Vice President Northern Region. While with Hyatt, Mr. Aftanski was very instrumental in the successful creation, development, and launch of the Hyatt Place brand, including opening the brand’s first property. Earlier in his career Mr. Aftanski held other multi-unit and general manager positions within industry leading companies, including TMI and Prime. Mark’s leadership, with a strong focus on selecting, developing, engaging, mentoring, and promoting the best industry talent has delivered high levels of performance resulting in numerous awards during his career. These include White Lodging President’s Council, multiple corporate/brand General Manager of the Year, Property of the Year, Most Improved Hotel, multiple awards for brand excellence and performance from within his portfolio of hotels. Mr. Aftanski earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Seton Hall University, with a minor in Business Administration.

Corporate Team

Nichole Tveter
Corporate Executive Administrative Assistant/Human Resources
Nichole@Chris-Bro.com

Kate Christianson
​New Project Development Manager/Corporate Representative
Kate.Christianson@Hilton.com

Kirsten Jegsen
Corporate Director of Sales
Kirsten.Jegsen2@Hilton.com

Nena Laudani
Revenue Manager

Brenda LaMarche
Human Resources

Brent E. Siekman
CPA



 

General Managers

Christa Thompson
Hampton Inn by Hilton, Waterloo, IA
Christa.Thompson@Hilton.com

Andrew Woodrick
Hilton Garden Inn, Cedar Falls, IA
Andrew.Woodrick@Hilton.com