Prior to co-founding First In Focus, Karan was an active partner with her husband
in their technology firm, Enterprise Network Services, Inc. (ENS). She directed
the financial operations of the firm and served as a business consultant. The bulk
of her career, however, was spent in state and local government and the university
sector. While with the NC Budget Office, she was responsible for economic, revenue
and expenditure forecasts, demographic estimates and projections, statewide surveys,
and large scale information processing and dissemination, including all Census products.
She established and directed the State Data Center Program in North Carolina, one
of the first four states in the nation to participate in this federal state co-operative
with the Bureau of the Census. Her technical experience in economics, demographics,
statistical consulting, business management, research and survey design, particularly
questionnaire development, will prove useful in bringing a rigor to the qualitative
research environment. She has remained close to state government by serving on the
Board of the State Employees Credit Union for over a decade. Karan holds degrees
from North Carolina State University, including a BS in Applied Math, a Masters
in Management and two additional years of graduate training in Statistics.
After more than twenty-five years in the qualitative research field and seven years
as an owner and senior project manager for First in Focus, Betty has decided to
retire. During her tenure, she directed large and small scale projects including
standard focus group studies, ethnographies, taste tests, and central location studies.
She was active in every aspect of the focus group facility operation, from hostess,
to recruiter, interviewer, and project manager. Her broad experience with all types
of clients and diverse industry groups will be missed. Everyone at First in Focus
wishes her the best as she embarks on this exciting new chapter in her life.