About Karen & Pam
|I’ve run a company, run to Bloomingdales when I can and try to run on the treadmill a few times a week. I love design and antiques, finding the perfect pair of jeans, and good movies. I value my friendships and adore a great casino in the Caribbean. Napping is high on my list as the ultimate luxury. I am married since Bill Clinton was first elected President and have a daughter that helps makes everything just seem better. Living in the city for 20 years I still find myself riding to the suburbs on occasion to get my fix of one-stop shopping. There’s something about putting packages in a trunk that calms my nerves.I am high-strung but not strung-out and constantly make to-do lists. I’ve been told I am too hard on myself but I am working on that.Embarrassingly, I am addicted to court TV shows like Judge Judy and love watching The Bachelor and American Idol with my daughter.I was, a long time ago, a great athlete and still enjoy a good game of tennis; I kid myself that I can still play well. I hate flying but like to travel. I also hate organizing closets and am perpetually challenged in that area.
I believe dark chocolate and a good glass of white wine make a “bad” week better.
Professionally, I am a seasoned PR and marketing professional with over two decades of experience. In 1992 I founded Amster-Young Public Relations, Inc., which was my first “baby”. I launched big name brands, helped small companies get off the ground and met some amazing people in industries from fashion to food and hospitality to design. Over the years I won awards for stuff, including being named one of the top “Forty PR Stars under Forty” by PR Week magazine. Since 2003, I have been representing select clients as a consultant and am often called upon by companies and individuals looking for strategic counsel in all areas of marketing and PR. I am also a freelance writer; my articles and columns have been published in numerous magazines, predominantly in the Hamptons.
I am an avid entrepreneur, and am always passionately seeking exciting business opportunities – both personally and as a consultant. I reside in Manhattan with my husband, daughter and Lucy, our adorable puppy.
|I’ve planned classroom curriculums, birthday parties and Thanksgiving dinners, and have planned on going to the gym at least twice a week for the past 20 years – but I never ever planned on writing a blog or a book – yet here I am! Although I grew up in the suburbs, after 25 years in NYC I now consider myself a true urbanite. I love being able to walk the streets of the city, packages in hand, without worrying where I parked my car. While the buzz of city life invigorates me, I do like my quiet time too. Reading a good book makes me happy. Reading a good book on the beach makes me even happier. I have always considered myself a creative type, love to draw and putter, and adore all things “crafty”. I love to travel, but really hate to pack. I am not a fan of folding laundry either.
Though I’ve officially been a stay-at-home mom, tutor, school board member (and now first time author!) for the past few years, professionally, I still consider myself a teacher. After receiving my master’s degree, I worked in the NYC public school system for over 10 years, both in the classroom and as a reading specialist. Prior to that, I worked for a non-profit agency resettling refugees.
I live in Manhattan with my husband, two daughters, our cat and two pet mice (don’t ask!).