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Karen's story

Oh! Do I know a thing or two about the experience of moving? Len and I moved into 9 homes in 5 states over the course of my banking career while raising our 3 daughters. Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties is my work ‘home’ with Fred Elliott, a broker for 40 years, as my coach. Utilizing the world class assets of Coldwell Banker, I promise to make your Florida real estate experience a beach breeze! As a lifelong devotee of client experience, I served on the client boards of Deluxe Check Printers, American Express, and Abrigo. I created and managed the client service experience at two of my banks.

Let me take care of you on this journey. Hailing from Buffalo, New York I held executive positions at Chemung Canal Trust, Key Bank, Wachovia and SunTrust. Here in Southwest Florida, I was founder and inaugural CEO of Panther Community Bank, which became First Integrity Bank Naples. My finance, lending and client service banking expertise makes me the perfect partner for leading you on a path to find your next home or selling the home you have created.

Community service is in my DNA so I have served 80+ nonprofits in multiple states. Yes, that is a lot of United Ways, Charities and Chambers! I am a member of the International Women’s Forum, and past President of our Vermont chapter. I was the first recipient of the Athena Award in Buffalo and received the Canisius College Distinguished Alumni award. We first moved to Florida in 2006 and owned a happy place on Fort Myers Beach until May 2022. After early retirement from Chemung Canal Trust in 2020, we moved to Portico in Fort Myers. I am an avid reader, puzzler, yoga student and newbie orchid gardener. We love Florida and have found new friends abound. Let me help you sell or buy your home to begin your next chapter!