Robert E. Kastner graduated from Cornell University with both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration degree, specializing in finance. After completing his graduate studies, Mr. Kastner taught at Cornell on the faculty of the School of Hotel Administration. His areas of concentration include accounting, hotel financial management, investments, and personal computing.
Mr. Kastner has continued to teach at Cornell's Professional Development Program and is currently on the faculty of the Institut de Management Hotelier International (IMHI) graduate program at Groupe ESSEC in France as a Visiting Professor, at École hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland and at Académie Internationale de Management (AIM) in Hotel & Tourism Management in Paris.
Mr. Kastner is widely known as a lecturer and producer of management development programs for the Hospitality Industry. He has had a long association with Best Western International, Embassy Suites Hotels, the Howard Johnson Franchise Systems, Holiday Inns, Inter-Continental Hotels, Hilton International, Meridien Hotels & Resorts and Groupe Accor.
He has also lectured with Ramada Inns, Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, AT&T, American Express, Radisson Hotels and Resorts, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Richfield Hotels Inc., Manor Care Hotel Division, the United States Army, Continental Hotels (Romania), Ecola Superior de Hotelaria e Tourismo do Estoril (ESHTE) (Portugal), University of Perugia (Italy), and Escuela Oficial de Turismo (Spain), Indian Tourist Development Corporation (India) and numerous trade associations, schools and colleges.
As President of 9 Tek LTD., Mr. Kastner is involved in the development of client programs and installation of two management simulations, the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Simulation Exercises, CHASE and CRASE. In addition, he has developed numerous software programs in the area of financial management and hotel development.
Mr. Kastner is married and resides with his wife Linda and two sons, Rob and Brian, in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA.