Karen is the Co-Founder of Student Fitness Experts, and handles the business side of the company. She comes from a long line of successful entrepreneurs, so, needless to say, entrepreneurship is in her DNA.
A master trainer certified by the National Federation for Fitness Certification (NAFC), Karen has a passion for empowering others to pursue their dreams.
Her zeal is deeply rooted.
As a child, Karen struggled with asthma, and, as a result, was a slow runner. At the age of 15, she discovered that she couldn’t complete a simple fitness test—a one-mile run.
Competitive and determined by nature, she began to train regularly at the local JCC track, and discovered the weight room there.
From that point on, no matter how busy or stressed she was, Karen always found ways to fit short workouts into her day. This helped her to relax, be more productive, and to reach her goals.
Then, in 2005, while recovering from a near-fatal bicycle accident, she became even more passionate about fitness. It was an extremely difficult experience, but it taught her about the importance of a strong core, which aids good posture, and helps to protect us from injury.
Karen now holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of California, with an emphasis in entrepreneurship, and a BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, with an emphasis in marketing and international business.
She has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, and is a frequent speaker on all things entrepreneurial, on marketing, and of course, on fitness. In addition, she’s been honored with a number of awards from her peers in the global fitness industry and was the first recipient of the Emerging Female Business Leader in the fitness industry by IHRSA.
After living in Santa Monica for over 18 years, Karen relocated to the east coast with her husband and baby. She now resides in Durham, North Carolina where she continues to grow the business.