Karla joined Resource Consulting Group in 2006 and is the firm’s director of technology and a shareholder. She has more than 35 years of experience in software development, database management, networking, customer support, hardware maintenance, and technical training.
Karla has worked in various industries, including banking, accounting, and manufacturing. She has acquired many technical certifications over the years: Microsoft’s Certified Database Administrator, Solution Developer, Systems Engineer, Trainer, Cisco’s CCNA, Novell’s CNA, and CompTIA’s CTT+. In 2019, she earned the Financial Paraplanner Qualified ProfessionalTM designation.
Karla is a former chairperson of the SunRail Customer Advisory Committee, reporting to the Central Florida Commuter Rail Commission. She is the Orlando chapter leader for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM User Group. Karla grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, and lived in Raleigh, Chicago, St. Louis, Toronto, and Los Angeles before moving to Florida in 1991. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, dancing, traveling, and is an avid supporter of local theatre, the Kansas Jayhawks, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
My dad fell ill while I was in high school, and died while I was an 18-year-old college freshman. Although we did not know whether the reason for his illness was fatal, Dad wanted to be sure that Mom understood our family finances, just in case. Mom wanted nothing to do with it – denial is not just a river in Egypt. A few months before he died, Dad went through everything with me: savings, mortgage, life insurance, etc. He authorized me to open their safe deposit box, and he and I made a complete inventory of its contents.
After Dad died, my grandfather helped Mom get her finances organized and I went back to school. But after about a month, Grandpa had to go back to his home. Mom felt lost and panicky. I started going home from college every two weeks to get her to pay the bills and to balance her checkbook. Seeing her anxiety, I made a vow that no matter what happened in my life, I would never allow myself to be that helpless.
I’m proud to work with RCG, where we try to create a comfortable atmosphere for all clients and involve both spouses in financial discussions. We encourage clients to have necessary documents in place for their family in case of life’s changing circumstances. Creating peace of mind is at the forefront of all we do and I know from experience just how important that is.