Karen Kaminski, senior vice president, human resources, TravelCenters of America

Karen Kaminski

Kaminski, JD, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SC, is senior vice president of human resources at TravelCenters of America. In this role, she leads the HR function for more than 25,000 employees at 500+ locations in 43 states. 

Prior to TravelCenters, Kaminski worked for Caesars Entertainment. She hired a human resources team to staff and train more than 1,600 new team members at Horseshoe Casino, Ohio’s first casino. She led the hiring and training of almost 900 more new employees at ThistleDown Racino. Prior to Caesars, Kaminski worked at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores where she helped lead and grow the HR function over a 12-year period.  During two tenures with Jo-Ann, she championed training, ethics, workforce planning, store openings, policy and procedure development and labor relations.

Before originally joining Jo-Ann, she began her career at May Company Department Stores as a file clerk in HR and then joined Clark Refining & Marketing as employee relations manager. She worked at Duvin, Cahn & Hutton (now Littler Mendelson) while pursuing her juris doctorate degree. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cleveland State University, a juris doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and an Executive MBA from Kent State University.