General Manager Biography


Laurie Kniess

Laurie Kniess has been in the Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) family since 2013. Kniess started working at The Pearl in guest services and has gained experience in several positions. She currently serves as the restaurant’s general manager.

Kniess’ advice to those interested in pursuing a career in the hospitality industry is to embrace the grind, take pride in your hard work and welcome new challenges with open arms. Kniess also truly feels that work is easy to love when you strongly relate to the bones of the company and its people.

Her favorite CMR dish is The Pearl’s Braised Short Rib and her favorite thing about working with CMR is how closely she relates to the company culture and all of the associates.

Kniess was honored as the CMR Dining Room Manager of the Year in 2016. She resides in Columbus and when she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, traveling and shopping.