Karen Smith, MBA

Vice President of Student Development and Operations
At some point early in the search for my “next chapter.” I read this quote by Steve Jobs. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, You’ll know when you find it.” I knew that I wanted to feel this way when I finally made my commitment to begin a new job. I spent almost a year trying to tie together my 20 plus years of work in the Restaurant Industry, a Masters in Business Administration and my growing affection for work in the not-for-profit industry. Although there is no doubt that staying home to raise our daughter is truly the best job I ever had, coming on board with Curt’s certainly feels like I’ve made the best career choice for working outside the home. Teaching and mentoring our students brings a purposeful meaning to my experience working with all levels of employees in the restaurant industry. My dedication to our customers and passion for excellence, in addition to experience in strategic growth and business development in large international companies along with my franchise and operational consulting experience will all contribute to the future success of Curt’s, our students and our impact on the community.

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