Karen Berns joined Thrive in 2012 and serves as Thrive’s Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Karen oversees the financial activities of Thrive and its’ lending funds. This encompasses multiple operational areas including the asset management function for Thrive’s equity platform, fund administration for Thrive’s lending funds, accounting and tax preparation, cash management and planning, and investor reporting and distributions. In these roles, Karen works with internal and external operating partners, investors, bankers and CPAs to provide timely and informative financial information that tracks investment performance and profitability.
Karen brings to Thrive an extensive background in real estate and banking, working over 25 years for a private real estate firm and for a large federal savings bank. She is proud to be a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a degree in Accounting with honors. She worked in public accounting for several years before moving into the banking industry. Karen is happily married and blessed to have two sons, a lovely daughter in law and two granddaughters.