Karen Lennon is the President of Wessex 504 Corporation, a company she created to provide SBA mortgage financing for expanding businesses in Illinois. Through Wessex and its predecessor company, she has funded thousands of businesses with loans totaling in excess of $500 million.
Karen has also been the angel investor and co-owner of four manufacturing and design firms. Prior to forming her own companies, Karen was with a Chicago regional bank where her duties included the purchase of suburban banks, as well as the creation of venture capital and investment management subsidiaries. Other work experiences include serving as staff attorney for the state housing financing authority and as a consultant to a major steel company. Karen has taught mathematics at the high school, junior college, and college levels.
In addition to her law degree, Karen has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois.