How long have you been in the green industry? I have been involved in the landscaping industry for the 25 years I have been in commercial real estate development and design, but I have been focused exclusively on the landscape industry for the past year.
How did you get into landscaping? I spent much of my childhood in the woods of what is now New Tampa with my dad. While all the guys were hunting and I would wander and explore the wonders of all the wildflowers, ferns, and air plants. No matter the chapter in my career path, creating space that enriches people’s well-being has always been at the heart of it all. Then COVID provided some free time to focus on my career, which led me to redirect my focus to the landscape.
What do you like about the green industry? I like creating value in everything I do. The LMP advantage truly is in the details. I know we will increase brand recognition and increased traffic. Still, for me, it is all about the details that enhance the overall enjoyment and well-being of employees, residents, and passersby.
What designations or certifications have you obtained or would you like to obtain? I am a Real Estate Broker and Interior Designer, and I am currently studying for my Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs) certification.
What interesting hobbies do you have? I love the beach and boating. I am an artist and create in a variety of mediums. I am also an obsessive gardener. My current obsession is collecting shells and scientifically categorizing them for an art project I am working on.
What is your mantra or catch phrase? Why? My nickname is “Happy Karen”. My mantra is ‘Happy Karen because it is more fun that way.’ Why not be happy? We don’t get a rewind in life, and although it is not always perfect, finding a little positive somewhere in it all is better than always looking for negatives. It is a mindset and attitude that breeds happiness and lends itself to a more fulfilling life.
What is your favorite place to visit? Anywhere on a boat.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? Brighter than the Sun by Colbie Caillat.
If you were able to give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be? Do it now.