Karen fell in love with art, design and finance all at the same time when she was young. Throughout her childhood Karen had a talent for and interest in drawing, painting, design and business. Karen was encouraged by her mother to paint in oils and to design her bedroom over and over again. And Karen designed "rooms", house layouts, in the snow in the front, back and sides yards of their home in South Orange. At the same time, Karen was reading the Wall Street Journal alongside her father who worked on Wall Street.
After graduating from college, Karen followed three generations of family onto Wall Street. Karen went to work with Shearson Lehman on the 103rd floor of One World Trade Center in New York City and eventually transferred to Washington, DC to continue her career in finance as a Financial Advisor with Prudential-Bache Securities - and then with A.G. Edwards & Sons, now Wachovia Wells Fargo; obtaining four NASD licenses 7, 3, 63 and 41.
Karen fell in love with the DC and soon after moving to the city fell in love with Richard McCooey.
Four years after meeting at the Tombs (of course) Karen and Richard were married at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, still Karen's parish today. A Georgetown University grad, and President of the Student Body his Senior year, Richard founded, owned, and operated the Tombs, 1789, and F. Scott's restaurant in Georgetown for decades before selling to the great Clyde's Restaurant Group in the mid '80's. Then, four years after marrying, in 1994, when invited by Richard to join him in his restaurant design firm, Persona Studios, Karen left her career to join Richard in his business.
It was natural for Karen, in an effort to expand their reach beyond Persona Studios design, to open an art and framing gallery. Karen founded, owned and operated Gala, in Georgetown for four years while working at Persona. Having had to close Gala, Karen still draws from that wonderful and profound experience.
This year marks Karen's 23rd year as art, framing, and design consultant. Working with Richard for over 20 years has given Karen lessons, insights, and experience bar-none.
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