Kent L. Karosen is President and Managing Member of Karosen Strategic Partners, LLC. and has spent the last 16 years with the financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, serving in the office of the Chairman as a Managing Director and Partner.
Throughout his tenure with Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Karosen has worked closely with the Chairman in resolving numerous special situations by utilizing his long-standing expertise in a myriad of business arenas. Before working in the office of the Chairman, Mr. Karosen was instrumental in the development and success of the Securities Lending Desk at Cantor Fitzgerald. Prior to joining Cantor Fitzgerald, Mr. Karosen was a commercial real estate developer in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mr. Karosen’s skills and efforts proved critical to Cantor Fitzgerald’s recovery after the September 11th attacks destroyed the firm’s headquarters in the World Trade Center. The day after the tragedy, he organized and managed the Crisis Center to aid the 658 families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Additionally, Mr. Karosen headed the team to secure temporary headquarters for Cantor Fitzgerald and directed the search for their permanent headquarters. Mr. Karosen was instrumental in the lease negations for Cantor Fitzgerald's 190,000 Sq. Ft. new headquarters as well as Cantor's public incentives to rebuild in New York City. Concurrently, Mr. Karosen has been a principal in securing for Cantor Fitzgerald and other firms directly affected by the 9/11 attacks between 30 and 40 million dollars in federal, state and city aid to rebuild.
Born in Kansas City, Mr. Karosen graduated from Kenyon College with an AB in History and with extensive study in economics. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Intrepid Museum Foundation and serves on its Executive Committee. As a founder of the Museum’s Society, he created the Salute to Freedom Award and dinner in 1992, a tradition that has raised over $20 million for the museum. The award has honored leaders such as Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton; Prime Ministers Thatcher and Rabin and Secretaries Cohen and Powell. In May of 2001, Mr. Karosen was named an Honorary Commodore in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary for the 1st Southern Region. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Michael Stern Parkinson’s Foundation and serves as the Chairman of its Investment Committee. He is a member of the board of directors and Treasurer of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Center. In 2006, Hon. Scott Stringer appointed Mr. Karosen as his representative to the Times Square Alliance board. He is a member of the board of the New York City Fund for Public Advocacy. He is a former board member of the Midwest Chapter of the Leukemia Society, United States Coast Guard Foundation and of Wilbraham Monson Academy.