After serving in the Air Force for 20 years, a near-death experience in 2007 forced Karen Mertes to change her life.
She was hit by a drunk driver going over 100 mph and received numerous injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. During her recovery process, she realized the importance of helping others.
Today she runs the non-profit organization Fulfill Your Destiny, which awards $1,000 grants to people who are going through a crisis.
Watch the interview here.
Karen Mertes always jumps at the chance to inspire groups with her story. She recently spoke at South University in Tampa to the graduating class. Here is a snippet from the letter that Campus President James McCoy sent her —
“Your story of overcoming life’s challenges was an incredible message to our graduates, who will all face challenges/adversity in the years ahead. Additionally, your message was a source of inspiration to so many and provided a road map of how we all should promote ourselves.”
Karen R. Mertes turned a life altering tragedy into a life purpose with her organization, Fulfill Your Destiny. Karen is a Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) from our United States Air Force, serving as the Squadron Commander in two back-to-back command tours as well as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a $169 million dollar budget at an overseas base.
In 2007, Karen’s car was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph on I-75 resulting in Karen suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Facing the consequences of this life-changing injury, this would be the genesis which led her to create Fulfill Your Destiny. Its signature program awards ‘Business Builder Grants’ to local entrepreneurs desiring to take their businesses to the next level.
Karen is a highly regarded Professional Speaker; Award Winning, Best Selling Author; Certified Entrepreneur, Leadership and Business Consultant all to benefit Fulfill Your Destiny. Karen is the creator of Fulfill Your Destiny’s annual premiere event, Spring Chari-Tea held each year in March.
With our 2017 Chari-Tea event just a month away, we wanted to recognize that Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2017 Spring Chari-Tea is being presented by American Momentum Bank. Here are some facts about American Momentum Bank:
– American Momentum Bank is committed to providing financial momentum to those in the communities it serves.
– As one of this country’s strongest and most secure banks, American Momentum Bank offers innovative financial solutions, products, and services for businesses and individuals.
– American Momentum Bank has 15 full-service banking centers in Florida, including Tampa, Orlando, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Naples and Winter Garden.
– With total assets over $1.1 billion, American Momentum Bank’s strong capitalization, superior asset quality, and experienced management teams position it as one of the premier banks in the state.
Fulfill Your Destiny is so thankful for American Momentum Bank’s generosity and we are looking forward to another successful event in on March 25, 2017, at The Empress Tea Room from 2:30 – 5:00 PM.
We hope to see you there!