Agency President & Chief Strategist, Karen Weiner Escalera has more than 45 years of experience in marketing and public relations, first in New York City and now in Miami. She is a leading lifestyle trends consultant with expertise in travel, tourism, hospitality, real estate and luxury products. Karen has counseled top executives at global hotel chains, cruise lines, real estate developments and government tourism boards. Her campaigns have been cited by a number of influential media ranging from Ad Age and CBS-TV to Fortune and USA Today for setting the standard in travel and lifestyle marketing and public relations, and she has won numerous awards.
Named one of the "Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds" in hotel sales and marketing by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), Karen is a sought-after speaker and author of the internationally syndicated Luxury Travel & Lifestyle Trends newsletter and blog. She also serves in leadership positions with a number of South Florida community organizations.
Prior to forming KWE Partners, Karen was the public relations director for Hilton International, and was a contributor to the Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe. Early in her career, Karen was an English professor in Bogota, Colombia. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and conversant in French. A self described "foodie," Karen includes culture and the arts among her hobbies - and of course, a passion for travel. She writes a blog on quality food, fashion and culture called MiamiCurated which is one of the top ranked food blogs in Miami.