A licensed real estate agent since 1978, Karen joined Virginia Properties to oversee the company's exclusive affiliation with Sotheby's International Realty in 1990. Karen's experience helped develop new marketing strategies for the company, including charter membership in the National Trust for Historic Preservations Historic Real Estate Program, election to the exclusive Estates Club as well as Whos' Who in Luxury Real Estate. While Director of Historic Properties, Farms and estates for the company, Karen attained her Associate Broker's license in 1996 and made the transition to full time sales in 1998. Karen's career has earned her not only the respect of her clients, but also recognition from her community and peers. Appointed by Governor George Allen and reappointed by Governor Jim Gilmore, Karen served the Commonwealth for over eight years as a member of the Board of Historic Resources. She has been Chairman as well as Vice Chairman of the Board. Currently Karen is on the Revolving Fund Board for the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities as well as the 2006-2007 President of the Council of the Historic Richmond Foundation. She has also participated in several other committees including the Virginia History Initiative and the Leadership Council of the Historic Real Estate Program for the National Trust. She has taught several classes on "Marketing Historic Properties" for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition, Karen has also served as Vice President for the Realtor Land Institute, a group of farm and land specialists.