Karla Mihm founded Karla Mihm & Associates LLC in January 2008 to provide retained executive search services to her clients in the South Florida market. Karla has over 10-years of executive search experience from both large and small firms. Karla works closely with her clients to understand their needs, develop an appropriate search strategy, and then personally execute each search. She strives to ensure the timely delivery of the most qualified candidates.
Karla was a Managing Partner at Virchaux & Partners, a Miami-based boutique executive search firm. Before that, she served as Senior Associate/Research Director at Heidrick & Struggles and SpencerStuart. Her first-hand knowledge of the "nuts and bolts" of the search business ensures a research-driven approach with thorough/systematic market coverage. She has performed numerous searches across multiple industries, nationally and internationally, for a variety of functions. Her successful placements include C-suite Executives, General Managers, functional VPs, and Directors in Marketing, Sales, Finance, HR, Technology, Operations, and Administration. Karla has worked for established companies such as BCBS of Florida, HBO, NCL, Sony Ericsson, Wyeth, and several start-up ventures.
Karla's transition into the executive search was natural due to her previous research-intensive roles at the Beacon Council and Arthur Andersen. As a research manager for the Strategic Planning department at the Beacon Council, the economic development organization for Miami-Dade County, Karla provided general information, business research, demographics, and marketing assistance to the staff, corporate partners, and representatives of Miami-Dade County government. As a senior consultant at Arthur Andersen's Real Estate division in Miami, Karla was a vital member of the group that provided tourism, hospitality, and real estate consulting for governments, non-profit organizations, and private companies in the US, the Caribbean, and Latin America. She performed numerous market feasibility studies for hotels, casinos, cruise ships, residential and mixed-use developments, and several tourism planning studies throughout the region.
Karla holds a Masters Degree in Tourism Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelors Degree in International Relations from Tufts University.
Karla has lived in Miami since 1992. She is married to Jeff, and they have two growing boys.