Karen is a proven senior accounting and finance professional with extensive experience in all aspects of corporate financial operations. Karen’s past responsibilities have included business risk protection, process automation, and multiple large-scale system implementations. She is skilled at targeting inefficiencies in financial and operational processes and is valued for her ability to identify and leverage system and technology investments. Karen uses experience-based analytical tools and research to identify economic trends, revenue opportunities and cost savings while also recognizing business risks in growth. She is acknowledged for her honesty, integrity, and work ethic, as well as for her ability to create an engaged staff through clear communication, meaningful work, and mutual respect.
In her most recent role as Chief Financial Officer for Rick Steves Europe, Inc., Karen was directly responsible for all aspects of corporate strategic financial and operational areas for separate businesses including tours, travel merchandise, book publishing, and TV and radio production. Her financial management responsibilities included all financial systems, GAAP compliance, financial planning and analysis, and domestic and international taxes. She was part of a five-member business leadership team that oversaw all aspects of the business. While in this role her direct responsibility was finance, where she increased staff efficiencies and maintained staffing levels during a 1,000-percent revenue growth period while increasing margins by 40 percent for revenue up to $100 M.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Marquette University.