Karen is a passionate dog mom, thought leader and pet friendly business consultant who has been researching the pet industry for over 20 years. She honed her business development and consulting skills with IBM and AT&T where she traveled extensively with both companies and worked with the hospitality industry while at AT&T.
A lifelong pet lover, the business idea for Pets Living the Dream started when Karen got her first dog on her own, Sabrina, in 1996. The dream back then was to sell pet products to the hospitality industry but the market was not yet ready. Studying the pet industry over the years she recognized the amazing transformation happening from pet owners to pet parents. Karen stepped out on wings of faith in 2016, leaving the IBM “cocoon” to pursue her dream of making the world a pet friendlier place and promote the power of pet friendly.
Pets are Karen’s passion and her mission. Her vision is to shine a light on the unconditional love that we are taught by our furry loved ones. By making it easier for businesses and cities to be pet friendly, it’s easier for pet parents to spend more quality time with their furry babies. Her goal is to make pet friendly so safe, easy and sustainable that it truly becomes a way of life in communities and businesses across the nation and around the world.