Karen Hurd serves as Senior Vice President for National Franchise Sales and Development. She identifies, initiates and creates new business opportunities for the SVN® organization, and contributes to brand development and growth nationally. She plays a key role in managing the continued expansion of franchise ownership.
Previously a Vice President for the Investment Services team at Grubb & Ellis’ Boston office, Karen worked in the Private Capital Markets Group creating and executing acquisition and disposition strategies for a wide range of commercial real estate clients across the United States. Prior to joining Grubb & Ellis, Karen was an Assistant Vice President at Compass Exchange Advisors, LLC, a subsidiary of Independent Bank Corp, where she provided consultation services for institutional, corporate, and high net worth clients involved in Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. Karen has more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate and financial services, and has been actively involved in transactions totaling in excess of $550 million.
Karen is an active member and speaker on sales and networking with New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE) and a recent board member of The Entrepreneurship Institute. She is also an active member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network, and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Karen is a recent member of the Real Estate Finance Association (REFA), and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). Karen holds her real estate license in Massachusetts and is currently pursuing her CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Manager) designation. Karen attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Karen is also an active committee member for The One Hundred, an annual fundraiser sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, celebrating one hundred individuals and groups throughout the world helping to advance the fight against cancer.