Work Sample 2
Karen splits her time between helping clients build marketing communication strategies and pioneering innovative business concepts. She started her first design and communication studio at the tender age of 21 and was President of the top 100 direct marketing agency Haynes & Pittenger Direct. Through epic successes and heroic failures, she brought Black Olive to life as a legacy agency. Her work has earned DMA’s award for Innovation in Direct Marketing, American Advertising (ADDY) awards, and other industry recognition. Team executives report to Karen and she is the senior strategist and client contact. Karen serves on the BMA Chicago Board of Directors and chairs the mPower Scholarship program, and is the Chairman of the StreetWise Board of Directors. She was part of the 2008 Illinois delegation for the Democratic National Convention, serving on the DNC Rules Committee. She is a 1976 graduate of Purdue University.