Who's Who of Top Executives

Karen Frye

Title: Chief Financial Officer
Company: Catalyst Orthodontic Group
Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Karen Frye, chief financial officer (CFO) at Catalyst Orthodontic Group, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in accounting and human resources.

Ms. Frye has amassed a wealth of experience in accounting and human resource management, distinguishing herself as a proficient chief financial officer (CFO) at Catalyst Orthodontic Group. In her current capacity, she oversees a team responsible for collections, insurance, and bookkeeping activities, ensuring meticulous management of end-of-year, month, and quarter journal entries, as well as maintaining robust banking relationships for the company. She also plays a pivotal role in managing the annual review process, mentoring new managers, supervising cash flow operations, and facilitating mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Frye’s journey at Catalyst Orthodontic Group began in 2018 when she joined as the director of finance and accounting before assuming the role of CFO in 2022. Prior to her tenure at Catalyst Orthodontic Group, she cultivated her expertise through various roles. She founded her own bookkeeping business, refined her financial management skills, and served as a senior corporate accountant, staff accountant, bookkeeper, and human resource manager at Freeman Holdings Group from 2008 to 2013. During her time at Freeman Holdings Group, her contributions were instrumental in the development of a comprehensive employee handbook that was implemented company-wide, demonstrating her proficiency in human resource management.

Ms. Frye’s commitment to nurturing leadership within her teams has been a hallmark of her career. She takes pride in mentoring individuals to achieve their full potential, evidenced by the professional growth of team members who advanced to managerial roles under her guidance. This dedication to leadership development underscores her impact beyond financial management.

Ms. Frye initially earned a Master of Business Administration in human resources management from the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, earned in 2005, complemented by a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the same institution in 2002. She commenced her academic pursuits with an Associate of Occupational Studies in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Utica School of Commerce, graduating with honors in 2000.

Beyond her professional commitments, Ms. Frye actively engages in civic and philanthropic endeavors. She serves as a board member for the Women in Dental Support Organization and contributes as an annual donor to the National Arbor Association, showcasing her dedication to community and environmental causes. In recognition of her professional achievements, she was honored as one of the Top 25 Chief Financial Officers in Kansas by a finance and investment organization in 2023. This accolade underscores her impact and leadership within the finance industry.

Looking ahead, Ms. Frye aims to leverage her extensive experience within medium-sized companies to transition into larger corporate settings. She envisions assuming roles such as Controller or Director, further advancing her career as a Chief Financial Officer within a broader corporate landscape. As she continues to excel professionally, her dedication to excellence, leadership, and mentorship serves as a testament to her enduring impact in the field of finance and accounting.

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