Karen Schmidt is the Director of Training and Development for Kaye/Bassman International and oversees all training initiatives and ongoing career development organizationally. On behalf of Next Level Recruiting Training and the Next Level Exchange, Karen is a frequent consultant to search firm owners who have a greater vision of growth, hiring, and training. She also serves as the Director of the Kaye/Bassman Foundation, responsible for all fundraising efforts supporting MDA and City House. Since inception, the Foundation has donated over $1,000,000 to these deserving charities.When joining Kaye/Bassman in 2001, Karen specialized in the search and recruitment of professionals for clients in the Commercial Construction, Specialty Contractors, and Real Estate Development markets. She finished in the top five project staff in 2004 and 2005, and achieved the distinction of becoming a Pacesetter within the company. In 2006, Karen pioneered the redevelopment of KBIC’s corporate training program. She is now exclusively responsible for the rookie training program as well as continued partner and associate development throughout the organization. This core training program applies to all associates at each stage of career progression, from the basic recruiting fundamentals, to effective marketing techniques, to more sophisticated curriculum for long-term development. Since 2006, the total cash-in production for graduates of Kaye/Bassman’s redeveloped training program is over $23 million. Karen graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a degree in General Business. In 2010, Karen was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty,” a list of rising young leaders in the Dallas area.