Ken, a native New Yorker, grew up in Miami, graduated from the University of Miami with an accounting major and began his career with The First National Bank of Miami. He was managing their securities trading back-office operations when he took a position with a Minneapolis-based computer service bureau in 1979. His career there included customer and marketing support, software design and development and four years in senior management. After the company sold in 1990, he started his own company consulting and providing computer programming and services for small companies.
Karen, a Chicago suburbanite, graduated from Loyola with a degree in Finance. She entered the Management Training program at LaSalle National Bank of Chicago after graduation and earned her MBA from DePaul University while working full time at the bank. In 1985 she moved to Minneapolis to take a position as Vice President of Operations for a major municipal bond firm. She later transitioned into the insurance and employee benefits industry in a management capacity as Director of Marketing.
Karen and Ken met in 1983 while she was working at the bank and they married in 1988. They had purchased a home on Lake Minnetonka in 1986 and lived there until 2002 when they moved permanently to Punta Gorda. They had purchased a home in Punta Gorda Isles in 2001 as a second home and 10 months later they packed up their things, sold their lake home, and officially became unemployed in Florida.
Although not having to go to work was fun for a while, they both needed something to do and were too young to retire so they became involved in the community. They took a boating safety class to become more familiar with the waters and Ken joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary. They joined both of the Chamber of Commerce organizations and the PGIslanders Cruise Club. Karen decided to get her real estate license and a short time later convinced Ken that he should too so they both became Realtors in 2003. Life has not been the same since!
Both of them immediately embraced their new careers and took advantage of every educational opportunity they could. They also became involved with the industry associations including the local and state Association of Realtors and Women’s Council of Realtors. Karen has served in various officer positions for Women’s Council, including President in 2006. Ken served on the Governing Board of Women’s Council as the Webmaster for several years. Both of them serve on various committees for the local association. Karen is a Past President and has been on the Board of Directors for our local REALTOR Association since 2007. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Florida REALTOR Association for 3 years. They have both earned recognition from the National Association of REALTORs for completing advanced educational designations (ABR, GRI, CRS, SRES, e Pro, AHWD to mention a few), making them members of the less than 5% of real estate licensees in the country to have done so.
Today, they are still active in the community and have added St Andrews Golf Club and TEAM Punta Gorda to the list of organizations they are involved with. They live in Punta Gorda Isles, on the water, with their 2 dogs and a cat. Ken has a daughter, Laura, who lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children. They travel when they can and also spend as much time as possible on the water, either boating, hydro-biking or just hanging out by the water!