Karen works closely with FBCG consultants to provide educational resources for family businesses including articles, webinars and special events. She’s also responsible for leading the firm’s communication initiatives and marketing efforts.
Prior to joining FBCG in 2014, Karen worked more than 15 years for a photographic retailer in several capacities, including content editor, educational event manager and marketing promotions specialist. The models she developed for store grand openings, photography classes and vendor events were implemented nationally and then rolled out at the company’s locations in Europe.
Family businesses gave Karen her first employment opportunities — in high school working for a grocery chain and then as a copywriter for a label manufacturer upon graduating from college. Both taught her the pride of family legacies, the complexity of relatives working together, and the loyalty that flowed between the owners and employees.
Karen received a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Bradley University. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband, two kids and dog Herbie.