Karen will be the first to tell you that when she found Compass, she found her purpose.
She may be our Accounting Manager, officially speaking, but off the record she’s the official Compass mom. She takes care of all things accounting and HR, but she also takes care of all of us.
Compass became Karen’s second home after she spent 20 years working as a controller for a large property management firm. When she started here, it was just Karen and 12 male employees. She’s enjoyed watching the company grow but still maintain that small, family feel.
She knew almost immediately that she had found her place. “I knew Compass would probably be where I retire from,” she said. “There’s something so special here and it just felt right.”
Outside of Work
Crunching numbers and doing paperwork all day might fire Karen up, but she’s all about using the other side of her brain, too.
Whether strumming a Beatles’ tune on her ukulele or constructing quilts, Karen considers herself an old soul with a young heart. She performs with several ukulele groups around town. And when we’re not in a pandemic, she can also be found at Hilbert Circle Theatre as a volunteer usher for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Her favorite furry friend, Rusty, keeps her busy, too. This 80-pound German Shepherd has been dubbed the unofficial Compass mascot. (There’s even a picture by the front door if you stop by the office!)
At work, it’s all about the people for Karen.
She loves getting to work with the whole team one-on-one and supporting them any way she can. She manages billing, financial statements and analysis, as well as payroll. And on the HR side, she enjoys working with new hires and making everyone feel welcome at Compass.
Karen loves that there’s always something to do! One minute she might be making sure corporate financials are running smoothly and the next she’s at the store picking out a meaningful birthday card for an employee.
Karen says it’s all about the culture. “We work hard, play hard, and treat each other like family.”She’s grateful for the sense of connection that people share at Compass. From the Supers in the field to the employees in the office, people look out for each other. Karen experienced this firsthand when she lost her husband. “They’ve always been there for me. Compass is like family to me,” she says.
And it wouldn’t be Compass without some fun thrown in, too. Karen loves that laughter and good times are a regular part of the culture here. Whether it’s a party at someone’s house, cornhole tournaments outside the office, Friday morning breakfasts, or team go kart racing, there’s always something going on.