Christina Pedersen
Director of Sales and Marketing
Christina was born in St. Louis, Mo. She moved to Colorado with her family in 1985 and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from Colorado State University Pueblo. In 1998, after college, Christina began working for Sunstone Hotel Investors and was part of the opening team for the Pueblo Marriott. Since then, she has assisted in many hotel transitions in locations such as Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado. In 2003, Christina became Director of Sales and Marketing at the Pueblo Marriott, and four years later, was promoted to General Manager. She later accepted the role of Director of Catering at Antlers Hilton in downtown Colorado Springs. Christina’s professional achievements include being recognized as Sunstone Hotel Investors’ Director of Sales of the Year in 2001 and earning Marriott’s Service Excellence Award in 2005. Christina cares about her community and believes in volunteering.
John Kerr, III
Catering Manager
A 25 year native, John wasn’t born in Colorado but he made the trek from the cold tundra of Saskatchewan as quick as he could.
From his first hospitality position as a bus boy nearly twenty years ago to bartending for the locals, to managing the catering resources for a top tier resort, John is truly a hospitality natural. Since 2007 he has been focused on “happily ever after” for his cherished Brides and Grooms, achieving multiple industry accreditations and accolades from his clients and peers alike.
"We had plenty of options for our luxury wedding in Colorado. While a few properties made the short list, only one had Mr Kerr. Our family and friends still talk about our wedding and how absolutely amazing everything was. We couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect day, and we could not have done it without John. We definitely made the right choice.” - Kellie & Josh Petersen, Married 2014
John is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants & a five time graduate of the University of Colorado
Although the warm months are buzzing with weddings and events, during the winter, you can usually find John strapped to a snowboard in Summit County Colorado. “Summer is a different story, there’s not a lot of free time during wedding season so I have make the most of the spaces in between. Spring and summer are all about facilitating the most spectacular events in the country, I just happen to arrive on two wheels - sometimes a bit quicker than most!” An avid motorcycle enthusiast, John invites you to “look twice, as motorcycles are everywhere in Colorado – one of them just might be your favorite catering manager!”
One thing’s for certain, John does “happily ever after” like no one else.
Karen Plaskie
Conference Services Manager
Karen grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and moved to Colorado Springs over 10 years ago. She volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador and also with the Rising Young Professionals. Before joining the Garden of the Gods Club team in 2007 she worked at Cheyenne Canon Inn for eight years. When she has spare time, she loves to mountain bike, hike, participate in other various sports, and watch football.