Karen Brol, Director of TICKET Sales
Karen brings nearly 30 years of event experience to the New England Outdoor Living & Garden Show.
Karen fell in love with all things event related while acting on a whim when asked to work security for a Billy Joel concert. The moment she discovered that you can work AND have fun with events she said good-bye to her cubicle and never looked back.
Karen spent her first 10 years working for SMG, the World Leader in Venue Management. She began at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY, and then moved to RI as a member of the startup crew to open the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. During her time with SMG, Karen managed multiple departments and worked in several different capacities on all concerts, public shows, trade shows and sporting events.
After leaving the Convention Center, Karen was appointed Admissions Manager at Roger Williams Park Zoo, RI’s largest tourist attraction. During her time at the Zoo, Karen enjoyed serving on several committees and being a part of many significant Zoo improvements. With steadfast focus on providing an outstanding guest experience and improving internal operations, she renovated the main entrance policies and procedures and overhauled the admissions area. Karen loved her years at the Zoo, but eventually ended up having a couple of monkeys of her own, Zach and Dylan.
In an effort to meet the changing needs of her family and her desire to continue in the event industry, she opened her own business, Brol Enterprises, Inc. Brol Enterprises, Inc. currently manages several large public and trade show events throughout New England.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Saint Rose. She has been recognized for excellence in the event industry and was honored to be presented with the Rose Award from the Providence/Warwick CVB.
She lives in Bristol with her husband Bob and their two children. When Karen is not working at an event, she will likely be found on a soccer field cheering her boys on.