Karen Hnyla has been a licensed Realtor in Florida since the Fall of 1996, focusing her expertise in the Jacksonville and surrounding areas. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Karen has always been an entrepreneur at heart. After running multiple successful businesses, she followed her dream of relocating to sunny Florida in 1995. Karen got her start in real estate working for CB Walter Williams Realty in 1997 where she earned "Rookie of the Year," and was awarded the prestigious Executive Club Award, after her first year in the business. Three years after getting her start, Karen received the President's Club Award at CB Walter Williams Realty for achievement in sales exceeding 3 Million and was also presented the "Top Sales Award" at the Orange Park CB Office. In 2000, Karen was recruited as a Site Agent for a local builder where she exercised her love for interior design and applied her creative marketing into selling millions of dollars in spec homes & new construction.
It was in February of 2007 that Karen joined forces with her husband, Milt Hnyla, at the Watson Realty Orange Park Office -- and officially launched The Hnyla Team. Karen & Milt "hit the ground running" and have since received the President's Award several times - as well as the Silver Pinnacle Award for excellence in sales performance. Together they both currently work from the Fleming Island Watson Realty Office, and they love the energy of their producing team.
After working in all aspects of the business, one of Karen's most valued accomplishments was earning her CRS Designation (Certified Residential Specialist), which only 4% of Realtors across the country hold, representing exceptional sales, advanced training and a commitment to the real estate industry.
On a personal level, Karen enjoys being a mother to 3 wonderful children, who are now all grown up. Karen's favorite things to do outside of real estate include cooking, gardening and caring for several beloved pets. Karen is also a participant in the "Watson Cares" Food Drive for the Clay County, Green Cove Springs Food Pantry. She truly enjoys helping people - no matter what the need and her customers share equal satisfaction when Karen represents them reach their biggest goal in buying or selling a home. As Karen sums it up best, "Real Estate is my passion and I love helping people - so it's been my recipe to success."