Karen Wheaton


Contract Specialist

"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."  - Chinese Proverb

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Tell us about your role at TRI: 
I am the Contracts Specialist and responsible for bidding on Government contracts to acquire Government business for TRI.

Tell us a little about your family:
My husband and I live in St. Paul, MN and have two beautiful daughters.  We are very proud of our Irish heritage and love to travel to the homeland as often as we can.  We love to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with our extended family every year.  

About your education or experience:
I graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN with a BA in Sociology and a Business minor.  I started in the Chemical Industry in 1992 shortly after college working with Tony and helped start TRI in 1994 as the Operations Manager.  I left in 1996 to move back home to MN. I took a 23 year hiatus from TRI and worked for Cargill in Supply Chain before rejoining TRI in 2019.  I am happy to be back in my new role.

What sort of hobbies do you have?
I enjoy being outside gardening, walking the dog, or geo caching with my family. I treasure our family time on the North Shore in the Fall hiking and enjoying the beauty.  I am an avid hockey fan and love supporting our MN Wild and the MN state high school hockey tourney.

What is your favorite thing about working at TRI?
I really like the passion and dedication the team has for making TRI successful.

What would you like people to know about you?
I have a solid work ethic and hold strong values.  People that have worked with me in the past know I am reliable and committed to the success of the business. 

Other than appearance, what is the first thing that people notice about you?
I have a good sense of humor and believe laughter is the best medicine!

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