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   KAREN D. KULAK

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Cell: 860.919.5144
kkulak@cox.net
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Accomplished Commercial Real Estate Executive

Career Summary – Background features more than twenty years of consistent excellence, with the most recent 2 years as a partner in a real estate consulting firm and prior to that 15+ years in highly visible, progressively responsible roles with a world class Fortune 500 Corporation. 

Key Strengths - Energetic; pro-active; results-driven; solution-oriented.   Unique combination of analytical skills, strategic vision, operational expertise and leadership.   Management style combines vigorous and visible personal example, effective training and ‘empowerment’ of staff, and continuous attention to quality and detail.   Career demonstrates a passionate and relentless commitment to excellence in every area of accountability. 

Praised for Professionalism – “gained the respect of our customers as results-oriented and collaborative”.  . . “strong work ethic”. . . “met or exceeded every challenge”. . . “provides a very professional and enjoyable environment”. . . “makes the tough decisions and takes responsibility for them”. . . “drives a high performance culture”. . . (from performance evaluations)

Professional Philosophy – “Excellence requires no explanations” – Notre Dame Coach Knute Rockne

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EXPERIENCE

ASSOCIATED REAL ESTATE SERVICES, LLC, Hartford, Connecticut
(2004-Present)     

PARTNER, Real Estate Consulting (Minority Business
Enterprise)
Provide real estate development and project management services to institutional investors and developers. Development Services include: real estate investment due diligence, environmental assessments, property condition assessments, and seismic evaluations, review of development documents, evaluation of budgets and schedules, and periodic observation during construction phase.  Project Management Services include owner’s representative, coordination and planning, assist in budget and schedule development, participate in regulatory approval process, observation and reporting during construction phase, draw/invoice approval, and project closeout.

CIGNA CORPORATION, Bloomfield, Connecticut
Assistant Vice President,   Real Estate Operational Services
(1999-2004)

Directed the efforts of a professional staff (total direct and indirect reports up to 100+) in all aspects of real estate management for CIGNA throughout the eastern United States, encompassing 4.5 million square feet.  Responsibilities include design, engineering, new construction, renovation, facility management, project management and space management.   Managed property and leasehold interests, space utilization, space disposal, space planning, operation, maintenance and renovations.  Directed the accounting and financial reporting for domestic and international real estate projects.  Responsible for space design and implementation of space standards and ergonomics.  Maintained capital planning and accounting systems the major divisions.  Play a lead role in business continuity planning from a real estate perspective.  Served as the Client Manager, representing CIGNA Corporate Real Estate for all customers on strategic and operational issues.

Other  CIGNA Positions:
                       Director, Project Management – CIGNA Corporate Real Estate    (1996-1999)
                       Assistant Director, Financial – CIGNA Corporate Real Estate        (1992-1996)
                       Financial Analyst – CIGNA Corporate Real Estate                           (1990-1992)
                       Manager, Operations – Property/Casualty Business                         (1988-1990)

1985-1988     HARTFORD INSURANCE GROUP, Southington, Connecticut
Personal Lines Underwriter - Received outstanding training and further developed underwriting skills working with a Fortune 500 insurance corporation. Member of the team which originally developed the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) account, which today is one of the largest and most strategically significant clients of The Hartford.

1981-1984     PETRUZELLO INSURANCE AGENCY, Meriden, Connecticut
Personal Lines Underwriter - Gained initial insurance/financial services industry experience with a large, multi-line insurance agency.

1977-1981     BECHTEL CORPORATION, Port Gibson, Mississippi
Quality Control - Gained quality management experience with a globally respected construction firm. Worked while completing undergraduate education.
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EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD - West Hartford, Connecticut
Master of Business Administration, 2007

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY – Starkville, Mississippi 
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, 1981

Professional Development

Numerous courses, workshops and seminars throughout career on the technological, financial, operational, strategic, communication, operational and service aspects of world class real estate management.  This includes significant coursework with the Construction Institute (Benchmarking, Project Management, etc.) 
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AFFILIATIONS

Core-net (An Association of National Corporate Real Estate Executives)
International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)

Hartford Association of Insurance Women (HAIW) – Former President
Connecticut Construction Institute

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