• Meet the Owners

    Karen          TonysHeadshot

    Karen and Tony Knuckles are the owners of Express Employment Professionals in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The office was opened in May 2007.  Express is a full-service human resources and staffing company.  It specializes in providing employment solutions to various types of businesses and organizations.  Express provides light industrial, administrative, and professional employment services.  Our services are offered on a temporary, evaluation hire, or direct hire basis.  Our mission is very simple: We help people and companies succeed.

    The Express Spartanburg office is ISO 9001 certified.  It is also designated as a small business by the SBA and is a certified minority and woman-owned enterprise. Express Employment Professionals has earned Inavero’s  Best of Staffing Diamond Award (presented by CareerBuilder) for achieving the highest service quality scores for five consecutive years

    Prior to opening the Express office, Karen worked for over 15 years in various human resources management and accounting positions.  She worked for eight years as the Sr. VP and Human Resources Director at Keybank in Cleveland, Ohio where she was responsible for human capital planning, recruiting, leadership development, performance management, and compensation administration. Karen also was a tax accountant at Eaton Corporation and a Johnson and Johnson affiliate company. 

    Karen earned an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor's in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Cleveland State University.

    As an active member of the Upstate community, Karen serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Vice-Chair of Diversity and Inclusion; the Advisory Committee for the Mary Black Foundation;  the Foothills Regional Advisory Council for the Carolinas Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (CVMSDC).  Some of her past affiliations and service include serving on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Piedmont, Board of Directors of the Spartanburg Village Network, Steering Committee of Michelin Economic Development Corporation and the Board of Directors of the Spartanburg Human Resources Association.

    Karen was recognized by the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce in 2013 as the Minority Business Person of the year and as the Volunteer of the year.  She was recognized in 2018 by the Spartanburg Herald Journal as a “Woman of Distinction”. 

    Karen and Tony are natives of Cleveland, OH.  They relocated to Spartanburg (the birthplace of Tony’s father) in 2007 and are pleased to call the upstate “home”.