Pamela Kauten Biography

Pamela Kauten is the Founder and President of PEAK Connections, Inc., parent company of Florida CareerLINK. Florida CareerLINK was launched nine years ago in Clearwater and is now the state’s top employment web site. The Company distinguishes itself from competitors in this increasingly crowded field by listing only local jobs from local employers, in support of its mission to attract and retain the best talent here in Florida.

Pam was born and raised in Wisconsin. A little over 20 years ago, when she was new wife and mother, her husband, Neil Kauten, moved the family to Sarasota where he had secured a new job. Pam decided to earn some extra income while raising the baby and started selling Mary Kay cosmetics. To her surprise, she fell in love with sales and soon became a regional sales director for the firm, driving around Sarasota in her pink car. Soon after, she opened her own cosmetics shop in Sarasota called Karisma with a K. Business was going well when her husband uprooted the family once again and moved them to Pinellas County. Pam closed the shop and thought about what to do next.

After transitioning to a very successful career in radio with Jacor Communications (now Clear Channel), Pam and her husband Neil launched Florida in 1997 with six employees. Florida CareerLINK is now a leading recruiting services and software company that develops and provides innovative recruiting solutions for local employers. One of Pam’s two sons, Adam Kauten, has graduated college and has joined Florida CareerLINK. He is charged with expanding the firm’s presence into South Tampa Bay and is being groomed to carry on the business his parents founded.

Pam is an active member of the TBTF Board of Directors, a frequent advisor to local workforce boards, an instructor on human resources and recruiting topics, and a mentor to other entrepreneurs. She is also passionate about the morale of her team at Florida CareerLINK – since these employees are her extended family. She is constantly taking the team on trips – both local and national – to help cement the bonds that make her group of ten such a happy and dynamic workforce.

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