A U.S. citizen, now a permanent Austrian resident with his wife, Verena, Christophe Bergen was educated in France before graduating from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, serving in the University Senate and as President of the A.D. Phi Literary Society. Christophe lived and worked in luxury hospitality in the U.S., Netherlands,Italy and Austria and is fluent in English, French, Italian and German. A descendant of one of the founding families of the United States and of an old French family, Christophe successfully combines the respect for people, the environment and traditional hospitality with “out of the box” thinking and a strong sense of today’s traveler/owner expectations in tourism and luxury residential development. Influenced by his globe-trotting grandmother, Countess de Foras, Christophe was also inspired by extraordinary mentors in the field of luxury hospitality. He was taught to question, to keep an open mind and always to involve team members in reaching project goals. Over the years, in developing special destinations in Austria, Spain, Mongolia and Turkey, with management positions in such properties as “Huis Waterland” (Netherlands), The Trapp Family Lodge (Vermont), Blantyre(Relais et Chateaux), Villa Feltrinelli (Lake Garda) and Castello Banfi (Tuscany), Christophe earned the appreciation of both clients and project/property team members, working to exceed expectations of both clients and travelers.