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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, KAREN COLTUN HAS WORKED ON VARIOUS PROJECTS WITH ME, HELPING WITH WORDPRESS POSTS IN PARTICULAR BUT ALSO AS AN EDITOR AND COPYWRITER. KAREN’S ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS IMPRESSIVE. SHE WAS ABLE TO LEARN HOW TO USE TOOLS QUICKLY AND NEEDED MINIMAL INSTRUCTION. ONE OF HER STRENGTHS IS THAT SHE READS EVERYTHING SHE WORKS ON AND PROVIDES SUGGESTIONS AND FEEDBACK. ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE TRAIT ABOUT KAREN IS THAT SHE IS LOYAL. SHE TRULY CARES ABOUT HER WORK AND BEING A TEAM PLAYER. ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, KAREN WILL LIKELY PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS AND LINKS TO YOUR BUSINESS. I WOULD HIRE KAREN AGAIN. 1
As a tennis tournament director, I have worked with Karen Coltun for three years at a tournament on Longboat Key. She has been invaluable helping with the tournament web and social media sites. Being a senior tournament (55 & up), we certainly needed someone of her ability since technologically savvy is not one of our strong points.
Karen was also the primary person entering the scores for the tournament. Being that this is one of the largest tournaments in the country, with over 500 matches, that is quite an undertaking. Karen was always there when promised and stayed until the last matches of the day were completed. Sometimes that was much later than scheduled (sometimes after dark) but she was always dedicated to finish the score entry.
Karen also was very pleasant with all the players, who sometimes interrupted her while she was entering the scores but still, she stayed very cordial. I certainly have enjoyed working with Karen the past 3 years.
I would like to recommend Karen Coltun for any projects you may have regarding social media. I hired Karen to manage our Facebook page for The Longboat Key Education Center. She is very pro-active and comes up with great ideas for posts as well as quickly posting things that I give her. Her services are extremely reasonable. She is reliable, prompt, creative, friendly, supportive, and honest. Karen goes beyond her designated tasks and often comes up with diversified ways to expand the school’s potential student base. She is also a very impressive networker. I will be working with Karen for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. If you have any inquiries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Susan Goldfarb, Executive Director
The Longboat Key Education Center
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive #212
Longboat Key, Fl 34228
KAREN IS A POWERFUL COMMUNICATOR - SHE HAS HELPED OUR INDIE WITH HER EXPERTISE IN PR AND COMMUNICATIONS.. WE ARE AN AWARD WINNING INDIE SCI FI SERIES AND SARASOTA KNOWS ABOUT US AS A RESULT OF HER EXCELLENT BROADCASTING AND RELATIONSHIP TO THE PRESS.
-BARRY GAINES, FILM DIRECTOR/PRODUCER, A WORLD OF WORLDS, GAINES ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
KAREN HAS BEEN AN ASSET TO MY MARKETING AND REACH. MY SALES HAVE SKYROCKETED SINCE SHE STARTED MANAGING MY SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONSULTING WITH ME ON MY PATENTED LIFESTYLE BRAND. I HAVE BENEFITED FROM KAREN'S QUEST FOR BLOG ARTICLES AND REVIEWS, AND MY PRESS PACKAGE IS BETTER THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN. KAREN IS A SUPER MARKETER AND I WILL USE HER AGAIN.
ANGELA JOYNER, CEO/OWNER GEELA
lifestyle, maker of the simply on bedskirt-miami fl/usa
I own a boat hauling business, and my travel time takes away from marketing and social media. karen has increased my exposure greatly, now all of a sudden, i am so backed up with new customers. i owe that to her persistent and consistent work with my branding whether it is creating a mailing, posting my photos and sharing my business with her large network. richard allen, srq marine services, sarasota, fl
I needed help advertising on facebook for my Salon Suites. I also needed help linking everything together, from Craigslist ad, Google, YouTube video, Facebook, & Website. She got busy accomplishing my goals immediately! She was very professional as we'll as personable. Sent me links with step by step instructions on what I needed to do in order to aid in the process. Very good communication with quick response times. I will be hiring her to work on my website some more next. I am overwhelmed no more! Sandy Svihel of Alpha Salon Lux Suites St Cloud, Mn
karen has been a consistent part of my success for the past 10 years. she is creative, professional and smart. she helped me design a pendant for the haiti disaster and created a fundraiser from it. she marketed my products to several fundraisers and charities. she introduced me to doodle for hunger with st. francis pantries in nyc and i am now invited back to contribute a doodle. she increased my social media exposure by 100 %. my sales are better than ever, and within all that she managed a newsletter and a staff of college interns. i am so fortunate to have karen to rely on when i need her talent.
rachel brown - rachel brown jewelry - designer/president, nyc n
Karen is a true IT/Social Media specialist that came to our assistance in putting on a large charitable event. Prior to contacting, we had a very unprofessional web site and no social media exposure. Karen jumped in and with little direction helped our event achieve a record number of attendees. I recommend Karen to anyone looking to spice up their website or create a new one, and/or wanting to create a social media strategy.
David S. Gutridge, FRIENDS OF TENNIS, LONGBOAT KEY, FL
As tournament director for a national tennis tournament I needed to find on short notice someone with exceptional computer skills and the necessary social media skills who could assist me in recording player participation in the large 275 person event.
Karen implemented her special skills with a positive attitude and a willingness to take on all challenges. With little direction, Karen became my right hand person in chronicling the players' performance on the court by entering and uploading their match data to the national USTA site, and also photographing their on court performance and off court camaraderie and placing these pictures on various social sites for viewing.
I hope to utilize Karen's talents again in the future.
George C. Bachman Tournament Director, longboat key senior clay courts super cat II
"Karen’s work ethic, dress, presentation, work habits and computer knowledge was very impressive. When I asked Karen to do something, it was done and I did not have to spend a lot of time explaining why. "
Bob Kresnik, LCAM, CMCA, AMS, Longboat Key, FL
I met Karen through her communications position with the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association. From the moment I introduced myself, Karen was responsive and thorough in her follow-up on behalf of FlaSEIA. She ensured that every detail was in place for our media partnership, in a manner that was proactive and personable. She was a pleasure to work with. 2014.
Anne Vitiello, Communications Professional , NY
“I had the pleasure of working with Karen back in the early days of the Internet boom. She was instrumental in getting her organization to realize the power of the web early and develop a cohesive strategy to take full advantage of what it offered. Karen and her team focused on distributing financial's research via an intuitive web site, which was a huge breakthrough for the customer experience back then.”
Vadim Kagan(Former Account Managers for Multex.com (now ThomsonReuters) NY
“Karen was so nice as to immediately start work on a project I needed done in a crunch. She was able to get the work done within the time frame I needed which was very nice of her. She knows her work well and comes up with good suggestions to improve the project.”
Ananda Apfelbaum, BA, LMT, RYT, NY
“Karen was a very diligent colleague, and always ready to help, even if my sometimes obscure requests fell outside of her job description.”
Benson O'Hara, Executive Director, Banco Santander (colleague)
"For many years Karen was responsible for utilizing our platform to distribute equity and fixed income research to Santander’s clients via e-mail from New York office. During this time I noticed Karen’s deep knowledge and understanding of research production and distribution process. Her ability to quickly learn and attention to details made the training and operation processes run very smoothly. Karen always dedicated to complete her tasks with the best possible results with no regards to her own time. "
Gennadiy Avrakh, CTO at SumNet, LLC , NY
“I have worked with Karen for the last few years and find she acts in a professional manner at all times. She is consistent, responsive and from my experience with her, she is diligent and hard working.”
Regina Bastille, Senior Account Mgr.-Broker Relations, Thomson Reuters , MA
"Karen is one of my many angels. We became instant friends, and her photographic ideas turned into a reality, and she put me on the world wide web. I trust her creativity and intuition when it comes to layouts and design, and I just let her go with it. She is a creative angel in my life for sure."
Awilda Sosa, Owner, Angel Eyes Optical, NY
I strongly recommend Karen Coltun for any job that requires quick thinking, great organizational skills and a pleasant demeanor when working with people. She is our 'Go To' person to fill in for duties at our front office, which include general office requirements, owner and guest relations, and coordination of the staff, and projects that are constantly underway. worked with karen at investment bank in nyc- gullermo s.
Karen is efficient and effective in her professional role, but also took the time to engage coworkers and clients with a genuine interest in how they were doing. She has a keen eye for detail beyond the scope of the immediate job requirements. I hope that all our employees could be as kind and friendly as she. chip brown, economist
Any company that hires Karen will find will be pleased with their selection.
alan yaruss, contractor, business owner
nyc, longboat key, fl
karen is a valuable part of our mission here at the artful giraffe. her amazing work with social media and dynamic way of getting our word out is so valuable.
noel reale - owner, artful giraffe, sarasota, fl