Christie Lloyd Ernst

Vice President of Property Management, Lloyd Companies

Christie Lloyd Ernst is a second-generation family business co-owner at Lloyd Companies, a regional development, real estate and property management firm her parents, Craig and Pat, founded in 1972.
Based in Sioux Falls, S.D., Ernst oversees a Lloyd Companies portfolio of 1.8 million square feet of commercial space and more than 6,000 apartment units in 60 apartment communities in multiple states. She also is responsible for developing the company’s new business ventures and apartment communities, often providing finishing options, marketing and management guidance.
Ernst plays an integral role in blending business with family at Lloyd Companies and extends her reach within the family business community by serving for the last decade on the advisory board for the Prairie Family Business Association, an outreach center of the USD Beacom School of Business. She chaired the board from 2014-16, guiding the multi-state organization as it provided education, resources and networking opportunities to hundreds of family businesses.
Having grown up at a kitchen table that doubled as a boardroom table – she used to call it a “bored room” – Ernst developed a passion for real estate and how it can positively impact communities, employees and investors. 
To ensure the continued vitality of her family business, Ernst coordinated Lloyd Companies’ advisors and family for estate planning efforts and established a governance process within the company by implementing systems from the book “Balance Point.” For three years, she worked to establish governance and roles for board members, management and owners, and she continues to assist in executing that system.
A proud wife and mom of two children, Ernst enjoys traveling in her spare time and has spent the last decade as a board member of the Feisty Fighters, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for cancer-related organizations.