Karin Fuller is an Executive Assistant at Balentine. In this role, she provides support to the Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Balentine, Karin worked as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of Hays Recruiting. She served the majority of her career as the Executive Assistant to the executive team at The Charleston Gazette-Mail, in Charleston, West Virginia.
- Hays Recruiting, Executive Assistant
- The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Executive Assistant
- The Elizabeth Foundation
- Gazette Charities Christmas Fund
- Gazette Send-A-Child-To-Camp Program
- Feral Cat Rescue
Why did you come to work at Balentine?
I was drawn by the firm’s values and have been so impressed by the way Balentine embraces their fundamentals. They emphasize such an integrous way of living, both at work and at home. Learning that Balentine was named one of the Best Places to Work in Atlanta was another draw, and I can see how it earned the honor. The people here are so warm, helpful, and intelligent. This is the smartest bunch of people I have ever been around!
What do you like to do in your downtime away from work?
I am a writer and long-time newspaper columnist, but also enjoy refinishing antiques and find myself drawn to pieces that appear to be beyond repair. I love the challenge of bringing them back. I also unintentionally became involved in squirrel rescue, and now share a home with a one-eyed gray squirrel named Rudy. I love spending time with that strange little guy.
What is the most exotic place you have ever been?
My view of exotic is likely different from most people. For me, it doesn’t involve palm trees and sand or many hours in an airplane to reach, but mountains and driving the twisty, narrow roads of rural West Virginia, which is where my fiancé and I head every chance that we get.
Who were your heroes growing up and how did that influence your life and career?
My parents have always been my heroes. Mom with her insatiable curiosity and forever-positive outlook, and Dad with his mantra of “Every expert was once a beginner.” There was no project they wouldn’t tackle. While most of their efforts were aimed at remodeling, there was this fearlessness about their approach I admired and have tried to emulate. When I find myself with a project outside my realm of experience, I try to tackle it the same way they did—by breaking the process down into individual steps. Eating the elephant one bite at a time.
What is your biggest missed opportunity?
My biggest missed opportunity came from entering a writing competition, where one of the celebrity judges, author Terry McMillan, liked my story so much she passed it along to her agent with the suggestion he consider representing me. He reached out, asking for a completed manuscript. I didn’t have one to submit.
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