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Karen S. Walls, CPA
Karen Walls is President of MidWest Enterprises for the Blind, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which has annual sales of $3.3 million and employs 30. Ms. Walls was CFO of Industries for the Blind, Inc. in West Allis, Wisconsin until October 2014 and she continued to work with Industries for the Blind until January 2015 as a mentor to the new executive management team. Ms. Walls also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Industries for the Blind, Inc. Industries for the Blind has annual sales in excess of $80 million and employs approximately 230 people. Prior to joining Industries in 1988, she spent more than 13 years in the printing industry.
Ms. Walls attended Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Art and Spanish. She holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, as well as an M.S. degree in Accounting, also from the University of Wisconsin, is a CPA, licensed in the State of Wisconsin, and a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She served on the Board for the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind (NAEPB) from 2005 until 2011 and during those years served as President, Vice President of Services, and on the Membership, Ethics and Practices and Strategic Planning Committees.