Karen Upton Bio
Like many entrepreneurs, Karen Upton started Infinity Road HR with an idea, a few dollars and a couple of great connections. She saw a definite need in the small business community for valuable HR services, and too often witnessed business owners trying to juggle HR tasks either on their own or by relying on office administrators or family members to be the “back office.” While this approach may be sufficient for a company in the short-term, it doesn’t take long to realize that the complexities of HR laws and regulations, along with the need for employee-focused strategies, are critical to building a strong foundation for successful growth. Karen’s unique experience working with startups and emerging companies in the government contracting and technology industries has given her a deep understanding of the challenges that small companies face at each stage of the business lifecycle. As the former head of HR for Near Infinity Corporation, she was a partner in developing an award-winning corporate culture and employee programs which led to “Best Company to Work For” recognition in 2010, as well as numerous awards for workplace growth and excellence. Since starting Infinity Road HR in 2013, Karen and her team have helped dozens of clients to create their HR strategies.
In her spare time, she volunteers with her church and local high school athletic boosters, dabbles in photography, and spends quality time with family. She lives in Ashburn, VA with her husband Steve, their two teenage daughters, and their family goldendoodle.