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Vistra Communications, an award-winning industry leader providing integrated marketing, communications and consulting services, is pleased to welcome a new human resources director, Karen Hanes, MBA, SPHR.

“We are excited to bring Karen onboard as a new strategic HR business partner,” said Brian Butler, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vistra. “Karen’s impressive credentials, expertise, and experience are a strong asset as we continue to grow to achieve our goals for our new five-year strategic plan. She instinctively understands and is committed to championing our core values of client success first, quality service, positive community engagement, respect for others and developing and maintaining meaningful relationships.”

Hanes, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), brings more than 20 years of applied and instructional HR business experience to Vistra. Her background includes work with several Fortune 500 companies and international HR, including IBM, General Electric, BE Aerospace and Nabisco. She served as director of human resources or as a senior HR business partner for Matter Brothers Furniture, PAYCHEX and Wendover Art Group.

“I am thrilled to be joining such an energetic, talented, growing team at Vistra,” said Hanes. “I was intrigued by the name, the mix of federal, corporate and non-profit clients, and I think the core values say a lot about what the senior leaders truly value and expect the team to uphold at all times. A lot of organizations have core values printed up and that is the end of it. Throughout the interviewing process, these values were exemplified and clearly personified the character of the team at Vistra. I knew then, this is a team I want to be a part of.”

Hanes added, “Sometimes you just know when you are at the right place at the right time. That is exactly how I feel about joining Vistra. I am anxious to get started and become an integral part of taking Vistra to the next level.”

Hanes earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Central Florida at Orlando and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a Spanish Minor from the University of Tampa.  She is a certified Zenger Miller trainer.