Faces in business: Karen Haynes

Karen Haynes
Karen Haynes

Name: Karen Haynes

Title: President, founder and events director

Company: The Active Suncoast Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 50651, Sarasota

What was the best business advice you ever received?

Do what you love and love what you do.

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?

My next profession would be retirement but until then I will stick to what I'm doing. This is not my first profession nor my training, I was active duty Navy as a helicopter pilot.

What is the biggest risk you've taken in your career?

Starting The Active Suncoast Foundation from scratch. As I was becoming senior in the Navy I looked to volunteer and found a spot at Grouper Run. While there I saw the evolution and liked organizing events. I started this company to keep quality events, produced locally. Our events are all fundraisers.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you start?

I still want to go back to the Grand Canyon and instead hiking I want to river raft.

- Angie Monroe