Karen Love is a highly sought after marketplace strategist and connector with an extensive, decades-long career in Houston and Dallas. She started off as a buyer in the fashion industry, worked for a Texas State Senator and U.S. Congressman, and ran the Dallas office of a prominent staffing company. Most recently, her work in the accounting space as a marketer has placed her in the top tier of professionals nationwide. Her success in Houston and beyond, as a well-known leader, connector and brand positioner, has earned her an excellent reputation for putting unknown brands in the spotlight. She excels in pairing business owners and execs with the right networks and the most ideal clients.
She is the co-founder of "The Friendship Factor", a networking group for extraordinary women. Karen makes her impact on the marketplace through board positions in the Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce, Houston Technology Center Advisory Board, The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, The University of Houston Working Families Initiative Advisory Board, and other well known Houston organizations.
On the forefront of a paradigm shift in the accounting industry, Karen is a long time champion of leveraging the marketing function to create growth in middle-market firms. She positioned each of her firms as leaders in their communities. Karen earned a seat at the table and became one of the first marketers and non-CPA owners in the accounting industry.
As an Association for Accounting Marketing Hall of Famer and an Accounting Today’s 100 Most Influential, she brings integrated strategies to her firm including building a marketing team, bringing futurist technology trends such as starting the first accounting technology blog and first mobile-ready website in the industry. She uses an innovative approach to create unique initiatives in the marketplace, which has yielded over 150 awards. Under her leadership, PKF Texas founded FastTech50 and the HYPE, the largest young professionals group in Houston.
Her passion for mentoring and helping the community has led to many honors including recognition by El Centro de Corazon, Texas Executive Women’s Woman on the Move, GHWCC Breakthrough Woman, a MAKERS@ Awardee and one of Houston’s Most Influential Women. Corporate social responsibility is an essential part of Karen’s leadership, as corporate development alongside philanthropic thinking is a win-win for all. She recently spoke about corporate social responsibility on a panel at the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business 2018 Women in Leadership Conference. She chairs and is a board member for many organizations across the city. Karen has expanded her outreach on personal and professional and corporate branding through speaking opportunities in Dublin, Rome, Madrid and Montreal.
Being grateful for those who helped her along the way, she believes when you find success, it is important to help others on their journeys.