"Karen examines and distinguishes the behavioral keys for
my managers to reach the next level of effectiveness. Karen
provides key behavioral and functional insights that propel
us as managers to operate more effectively. Her insights
and challenges help raise the bar."
- John Yarger, President & CEO, North
"Karen has helped me work through several corporate issues,
including our teamwork as an executive staff, and gave me
the opportunity to discuss important corporate problems and
issues with an objective listener. More importantly, I welcome
the opportunity of working with Karen to develop my
leadership skills. As a successful and growing corporation of
170 employees, Karen's guidance and counsel helped me
transition from a hands-on management style to the overall
leadership style our company requires moving forward as we
continue our growth and success."
- James Hillman, President & CEO, Mossberg & Co., Inc.
"Hawthorne Services performed an in-depth, 360 degree performance
review for our Leadership Team, utilizing effective on-line tools, as well
as one-on-one interviews with our management team. They were able
to deliver this comprehensive analysis on time and within budget,
providing our team with invaluable insights and an implementation plan
for our future success."
- Greg Downes, Chairman & CEO, Gibson Insurance Group
"I initially asked Karen for leadership coaching to improve my ability to
facilitate my senior management team. She helped me manage my
people more effectively, to understand their goals and objectives, and
to align them with the goals.....of the company as a whole. I
whole-heartedly endorse Karen Kehr's ability as a coach and a
developer of leaders. She brings a compassionate heart and dynamic
processes to every situation she's involved in."
- H. Timothy Markley, President / CEO, Markley Enterprise, Inc.
"If you need accountability and a business coach Karen should
be considered. Karen brings a vast knowledge of experience
along with metrics like DISC testing and uses a team
approach to solving company executive board issues. Karen
will make you think outside the box. This allows you to grow
as an individual and a manager."
- Alan Brown, Vice President, The Lebermuth Co. Inc.
"Time and again, Karen has helped me uncover the truth
behind problems I couldn’t resolve, and perhaps more
importantly, given me the permission to take necessary
- John Axelberg, President, General Sheet Metal
"She was able to quickly establish an atmosphere of safe and open communication which
had been previously lacking. The results, frankly, went far beyond my expectations. Her
easy manner, empathy and insightful analysis always kept the group moving in a positive
direction, even when the discussion got into tense or sensitive areas. As a direct result of
Karen's work with us, much of the day-to-day operational burden has been taken off of
me and allowed me more time to focus on leading the Authority. I would whole-heartedly
recommend the services of Karen Kehr and Hawthorne Services to any organization that
wants to remain viable in today's economic climate."
- John Schalliol, Executive Director, St. Joseph Regional Airport Authority
"Our company has been working with Karen and Hawthorne Services
for several years to assist us with many different projects. Most
recently I have used Karen to help us in our hiring process. Through
Karen and her services we have been much more successful in hiring
higher quality individuals. Karen is very gifted at being able to identify
strengths and weaknesses in individuals and finding the right person to
“fit in” with the culture of our company. She has also been extremely
helpful to me in my personal development not only from a professional
perspective but my personal life as well. I consider Karen a wonderful
business partner and more importantly to me, I consider her a
- Steve Fidler, President, Kuert Concrete, Inc.
“Karen helped us restructure our organization and then develop our
new management team. She provided coaching through team meetings
that were interactive and interesting and also through one-on-one
coaching. I wouldn't hesitate to use Karen for any organizational
development project or as a coach.”
- Marci A. Greenberger, A.A.E.
"I have used Karen’s services extensively and in a myriad of
ways. From my perspective, her talents are essential when
hiring new people. By engaging Karen, I am able to cover all
the bases with respect to a candidate’s qualifications, both
in aptitude and attitude. Karen is also quite effective in
interpersonal-related firm dynamics – she is able to get at
the root of various problems that relate to people. Karen is
responsive, adaptive to a firm’s culture and has that innate
ability to listen effectively. She is a valued member of my
-Todd B. Martin, Timucuan Asset Management, Inc.
“Karen is wonderful to work with. Our team really benefits from her
calm wisdom and direct communication. She counsels with Wieland
Designs on team formation dynamics, communication skills, leadership
skills, and more. We have learned, and still are learning a great deal
from Karen. I consider her an integral part of how we form our team.”
- Kip Wieland, CEO, Wieland Designs
"Karen has presented, coached and consulted with numerous of our CEO members. I have seen significant improvements in the executives, their team and
personnel as a direct result of Karen's knowledge, skills and experience. She is constantly being sought out by these companies on organizational / personnel
issues. I encourage my CEO members to engage Karen on the tough issues" - Tony Hutti, CEO / Owner, Executive Forums, Northern Indiana