Karen is originally from Lakeland, Florida, and has lived in Marietta, Georgia for over 30 years. She is married and has two boys, ages 27 and 15. She has worked as an Executive Assistant at the Weather Channel (The Weather Company) for 17 years, with previous jobs at Coca-Cola and HQ Global Workplaces. Her first start in the business world was as a receptionist, then she moved on to be a Word Processor, and eventually moved to an Executive Assistant position and has supported C-Level managers since 1998. Karen enjoys horseback riding, hiking, camping, movies, spending time with family and friends, and being involved in community activities.
1. How long have you been at The Weather Company and what responsibilities does your workday consist of?
I just celebrated my 17th anniversary with The Weather Company in April. As for my responsibilities, I maintain calendars/schedules for the Chief Technology Officer, one SVP, and four other VPs in our division. I book their travel, prepare expense reports, coordinate catering for meetings or events, and handle any day-to-day needs of everyone in our division. This may include ordering equipment or supplies, training on new processes or software, getting new hires onboarded, contract preparation, or arranging offsite events. I also keep floor plans, phone lists, and email distribution lists up to date. These are just a few of the things I do around the office.
2. What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?
The people I work with are really great and it is a really fun, high-energy environment. I like being able to help people and make their jobs a little easier. I’ve been called the Den Mother around here.
3. What’s your favorite Roam feature or amenity?
The space is so modern and comfortable – everyone loves it. I like how easy it is for me. Once the meeting starts, Roam has everything the team needs – A/V, extra supplies, catering, etc. I know I can let them take it from there and not have to worry about a thing. The Roam team goes out of their way to make it a good experience.
4. Are there similarities between The Weather Company and Roam? If so, what are they?
Yes. Roam has that fun, modern, high-energy feeling where everyone works hard and knows their jobs, but still makes it feel professional and productive.
5. How does Roam help The Weather Company achieve their off-site meeting goals and purposes?
Roam has been a life saver for having the kind of space we need, providing the tools we need to have a successful meeting or event, and being so willing to go above and beyond to help. We always feel comfortable and taken care of.
6. What does your ideal weekend consist of?
Funny you should ask because I just had my ideal weekend at the beginning of May. We trailered our horses to St. Simon’s Island and spent two days riding on the beach. The weather was perfect, the beach wasn’t too crowded, and it was something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. Other than spending a LOT of time with horses, I love to hike and camp. . .and sometimes camp with the horses. There’s a theme here, can you tell?