Karen Floyd | Palladian Group CEO - Former Chair of SC GOP
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“If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.”

– Warren Buffett


Karen Floyd has led eight affiliated yet distinct companies, all under The Palladian Group banner she founded in 1997. Recognized as one of the most dynamic CEOs in the Southeast, Floyd is a high-demand speaker and consultant on a variety of corporate and business development issues.


Karen Floyd earned her juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina Law School, where she was elected President of the Student Bar Association, before embarking upon a successful legal career. Floyd’s legal expertise is a critical asset for her business interests as well as for many of her clients and for the boards and organizations she serves.


The first woman to be elected chair of the South Carolina Republican Party, Karen Floyd has long been regarded a political leader in her home state and beyond. She has been nationally recognized as the “first” woman elected in many categories including Chief Magistrate, Chairwoman of County Council and State Party Chairman.

Service, Honors, Awards

Public Service

  • South Carolina Republican Party Chair
  • Spartanburg County Council Chair
  • Spartanburg County Chief Magistrate
  • Prosecutor for the 7th Judicial Circuit

Honors And Awards

  • The Order of the Palmetto
  • Republican Woman of the Year
  • Woman of the Year, Business and Professional Women’s Club
  • Woman of the Year, Spartanburg Community College
  • “Toast of the Town” Honoree, The Salvation Army of Spartanburg

Board Service

  • S.C. Ports Authority
  • Governor’s Leadership Forum
  • Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Spartanburg Development Council
  • S.C. Department of Natural Resources
  • National Council of Chain Restaurants
  • Susan B. Komen Upstate Race for the Cure (Founding Board Member)
  • United Way of the Piedmont Annual Campaign
  • Spartanburg Area Department of Mental Health
  • Children’s Coalition Against Sexual Abuse
  • Children Shelter of the Upstate
  • SAFE Homes Network
  • Piedmont Area Girl Scouts
  • Greater Spartanburg YMCA
  • The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg
  • Spartanburg County Little Theatre
  • Share the Vision

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