Karen Kieffer began her career working with a German-based manufacturer, spending time both at the Global Headquarters in Germany as well as the US Headquarter in Omaha, NE. Pursuing her passion for Global Logistics, Karen began working with ATS International to manage global projects. During her first 5 years at the company, Karen coordinated the entire global transport process including planning and execution for hundreds of millions of revenue. Within those first five years, Karen also received an MBA from St. Cloud State University as well as became a Licensed Customs Broker.
Karen is the Director of Sales for ATS International, a NVOCC and Freight Forwarding company with global Headquarters in St. Cloud, MN. ATS International Services (ATSI), is the subsidiary of Anderson Trucking, a recognized global leader in specialized project logistics. Domestically, ATS is one of the largest providers of open deck equipment in North America, with over 2500 trucks and 6500 trailers ranging from a legal flatbed to 19-axle and dual lane solutions. ATS’s asset-based services extend throughout the U.S. Jones Act trades as well. Internationally, office and agent coverage allows for project solutions across the globe. Regardless of its size, ATS has the right equipment and services for any project challenge.
Following much success operationally at the ATSI, Karen transitioned into the commercial side of the business in 2009, spending most of her time travelling both domestically and internationally. Currently, she works directly with customers, which often includes consulting and training on Global Logistics topics.
Karen is passionate about helping others succeed. In addition to her work with ATSI, she has taught a variety of courses at the Undergraduate level. She also volunteers for the local Minneapolis chapter of the CSCMP and the Foundation for Fighting Blindness. Additionally she is a member of the Lion’s Club and serves on the Board of Directors of the local Chamber of Commerce.