“IF YOU ARE THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE ROOM, THEN YOU ARE IN THE WRONG ROOM.”
Karen’s contagious energy helps define the passionate culture at HUTTON, while the volume, pace and competitive spirit drives the TEAM. “Don’t get comfortable” is Karen’s constant reminder. “If we aren’t creating change and evolving then we are going backwards.” HUTTON’s continued growth is a direct result of the “amazing people on the HUTTON Dream Team.” HUTTON has developed over 1,000 locations in over 40 states and recently sold nearly 100 assets totaling $390 million in 2017. Today, the asset base totals to over 2.3 million square feet and the company expects to add over one million square feet in 2018. This throttle of activity from each person creates a velocity of energy that enables the team to deliver great sites, while consistently meeting deadlines, and exceeding clients’ expectations. Karen is influenced by her father, David Hutton, Sr., who lived a fearless work ethic and the humility of her mother, Jean-Marie, shaped Karen’s values and her determination. HUTTON was awarded Chattanooga’s Corporate Philanthropist of the Year in 2014 and Karen was named one of 2015’s Top Ten Influential Business Leaders to Impact Chattanooga, inducted into UTC’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2016, and awarded Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy’s first ever Founders Leadership Award in 2017.