Few things are more important to any company, organization, or foundation than top-notch money management and analysis. Providing these services requires an experienced multi-skilled individual.
She excelled in all math-based courses throughout school, earning a degree in accounting, and was immediately hired into a large road construction company in Southern New Hampshire. When the firm closed for the summer, she was referred to an Office/Business Manager position with a small landscaping business. With the two partners, she guided the company through the early adaptation of computers and electronic systems including accounting using Lotus 123 and other proprietary accounting software.
So impressive was her work and her skills, that the accountant for the landscaping company recruited her in to a position as bookkeeper for his firm, managing multiple clients and his newly formed payroll service. Upon completion of H&R Block’s tax school, Karin was vetted to a small business tax-preparer role at a local branch office. In that capacity, she became the highest paid first year preparer in New Hampshire, and was asked to apply for Enrolled Agent status. Instead of pursuing the tax position, she chose another Office Manager role with a struggling Central New Hampshire garage door business. She managed a portion of administration which included accounts receivable and sales functions.
Following on those successes, in December 1999, she and her husband began negotiations to purchase an existing nearby Overhead Door business, which they purchased in February 15, 2000. Karin continued operations, growing the business substantially before moving out of state and strategically liquidating the business in 2005.
Shortly after closing the doors of Overhead Door Specialist, Karin was asked to explore becoming a web designer by a local small computer business. She took the initiative and learned basic coding to 'help a friend' and meet demand in a growing market. A short time later, she was asked to take on a small manufacturing client's executive and financial administration. As their needs grew from local supply to a broader Northeast market, Karin continued to add the services they needed which included light bookkeeping, marcom tool creation, and building/managing his newly developed website. And so, in 2006, The County Life Bookkeeping and Web Design was born.
The markets were changing and Karin decided to return to school to sharpen her skills and expand her service offering. In doing so, she successfully obtained a degree in Business Administration, graduating two days after being hired as a town manager for a small community in Northern Maine.
In another positive turn of events, she was recruited into the role of Chief Financial Officer at a local tribal nation. During her time there, she successfully completed three A-133 audits over an 18 month period, bringing the tribe's books nearly current with their funding sources. This accomplishment paved the way for their reclamation of their health services programs; lost to them for several years. In this position, she managed over 60 grants from Federal, State, and private entities along with capital improvement plans, 12 departmental budgets; in total, an excess of $6.5 million.
Driven again with an interest in expanding professionally and using more of her skills, Karin returned to education and earned another degree in Business Administration along with NEPD Business Advisor certification. She accepted a position with the University of Maine Augusta that used all her skills, knowledge, and experience rolling them into a single position. She spent several years teaching entrepreneurs how to navigate the many barriers that can arise while growing an existing business or trying to bring an idea to fruition. She has spent hundreds of hours teaching people what it takes to go from idea to opening and how to navigate growth. Many have found success either through realization of their Entrepreneurial dreams or through another identified course of action.
As part of this role, and in a holistic manner, Karin has guided people through financial decision-making professionally and in their personal lives. She returned once again to her interests in accounting, bookkeeping, and advising business owners in financial analysis. She created and taught Business Financial Analysis sessions, QuickBooks classes, bookkeeping and tax sessions. She has been a consistent speaker at local and national events including Totally Trades Conferences for Girls in Construction, Partners in Entrepreneurial Pathways Program, and Entrefest Conference.
She continues to renew certifications as a volunteer tax preparer, a QuickBooks Online Pro Advisor, an Intuit Certified Bookkeeper, and GoDaddy Pro. She continues her interest in web design, spearheading and leading a successful website development program unique to the North East region in partnership with internationally known GoDaddy. Slowly, organically, a fledgling bookkeeping 'side hustle' business started so many years before began to grow.
In an effort to express the professional and valued relationships with her clients, Karin decided to rebrand her near-to-heart County Life business into a broader, more nationally recognizable Karifin Partners, LLC. With an expanded menu of services, she will maintain the personal partnership-based relationship-focused method of guiding her clients, big and small, in financial matters.
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