Kristin Johnson Karp
President & CEO
Kristin Johnson graduated Lawrence University in 1992 and in 1993 started a catering company serving corporate clients in Neenah-Menasha,Wisconsin. The catering operation became a 50-seat restaurant in 1994. Two additional locations were added in neighboring cites over the next 4 years. In 1994, Johnson sold the restaurants and became a consultant advising health spas and restaurants on healthier menu options with specific focus on vegetarian cuisine. Michael Karp, a 20-year vegetarian, hired Johnson to open a restaurant in Philadelphia in 1999. After the sale of Michael Karp’s telephone company, ATX Telecommunications, Johnson and Karp started Hotwire Communications together in 2000 to provide triple play telecommunications to residential customers within multi-tenant living environments. Since the founding, Kristin Karp has been directly responsible for managing the operations of the company including sales, engineering, product development and operations. Kristin Karp is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a board member of the Belmont Charter School.