Vice President and Operations Manager

Karen’s expertise in commercial banking, securities transactions, and office management make her the ideal operations person for BrickStreet. She started her career with Wachovia in the 1980s. She became the firm's Director of Operations at Hilliard Lyons in 1992 and continued the same role at Wachovia where Matthew and Karen worked together for more than a decade.

When Matthew asked her to join him to create BrickStreet it was an easy decision. Karen helped establish the firm from the ground up. She has never regretted her decision.

“I worked in banking for a lot of years but this is more intimate, I really get to know people and be a part of their lives. That's why I do it; I love it.”

An Asheville native, Karen attended Mars Hill College. She and her husband Michael have a son Richie, who is married to Rita.

Karen cherishes the beauty of Western North Carolina and enjoys spending time outdoors with her Llewellyn Setter, Annie. She also enjoys spending time with friends and volunteering to help make Asheville an even better place to live. Her current volunteer efforts are focused on the Asheville Humane Society. Karen also serves on the board of the WNC Nature Center and also serves as Vice President of the Executive Committee for the Friends of the Nature Center.