WFLA Names LT COL (RET) Karen Mertes A 2023 Outstanding Girl Finalist

Karen Mertes Fulfill Your Future 2023 Outstanding Girl


Tampa, FL (March 13, 2023)— Every year the WFLA Outstanding Girl Franchise seeks nominations for girls who’ve made an incredible distinction in group impression, self-achievement, exhibit innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. An ideal match for this nomination was Lt Col (Ret) Karen Mertes; and WFLA agreed! On March 8, 2023, WFLA shared the information that Karen was named one in every of their 4 finalists for his or her 2023 award. Mertes’ life-story embodies the 5 parts of the WFLA Outstanding Girl.

Finalist Lt Col (Ret) Karen Mertes was simply months away from fulfilling 20 years of service in the US Air Pressure and on course to develop into a full colonel when her life all of a sudden modified. Touring on Interstate 75, Mertes’ automobile was rear-ended by a drunken driver touring at over 100 mph.

“He broke my axle, shoved that into my transmission, so I didn’t have brakes or steering. I slid the equal of three football-field lengths earlier than ever coming to a cease,” says Mertes. The horrifying accident left Karen along with her mind bleeding inside her cranium, a traumatic mind harm (TBI), and a determined promise to God that if her life have been spared might spend the rest serving to others.

Mertes retains that promise by motivational talking, authoring books and devoting a lot of her life to her non-profit, Fulfill Your Future and its signature initiative, the $1,000 Enterprise Builder Grant program. Mertes seems for native entrepreneurs whose lives can be meaningfully impacted by a $1,000 grant meant to assist them take their enterprise to the following stage.

Karen generously invitations locals and companies to associate with Fulfill Your Future by sponsoring a grant. Sponsorships could be nameless or can embody the donor in all promotions and bulletins of the sponsored grant. Sponsorships are tax-deductible and are personally matched 10% by Karen Mertes. For max publicity, Mertes invitations companies to include the awarding of the grant into one in every of their occasions or conferences. Mertes makes this tax-deductible alternative simple and a win-win for all. Fulfill Your Future does all of the behind the scenes leg-work and requires little or no from the sponsor. She understands that entrepreneurs are busy and over time has perfected this system with an utility and choice course of. Please take into account partnering with FYD and sponsoring an upcoming grant.

WFLA Information Anchor Rebecca Barry interviewed Karen at Josephs Tea Room and Store in Clearwater. Homeowners, Shannon and Gerby Joseph are former Fulfill Your Future grant recipients. WFLA will proceed to disclose the remaining three finalists at 4pm every Wednesday all through March; culminating on Mar twenty ninth with their announcement of the native winner on their 5pm present. Tune in every Wednesday to be taught extra about every of those WFLA Outstanding Girls Finalists. Watch WFLA on Wednesday, March twenty ninth and be taught who they’ve chosen as their 2023 Outstanding Girl who will then go on to compete on the nationwide stage.


Fulfill Your Future provides a “Second Probability” to residents whose capability to work has been minimize quick by harm or unexpected circumstances. Working with zero administrative overhead, we lengthen assist to underserved residents with nowhere to show. Since 2010, now we have supplied “Second Possibilities” enabling residents to attain independence and fulfill their future. Fulfill Your Future’s signature program is its ‘Enterprise Builder Grants’. Fulfill Your Future has pioneered ‘Enterprise Builder Grants’ awarding these grants to confirmed entrepreneurs who’ve skilled life altering occasions and want to take their companies to the following stage.

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