Learn more about the people behind Mind Your Business.

About Karen Caruso

Founder and CEO of Mind Your Business, Karen Caruso's mission is to help her clients to make better, more informed hiring decisions. Through her dedication to accuracy, high-quality service, and excellence, Caruso has created a company that empowers her clients, her employees, and her community. Thanks to these values, Mind Your Business has become a leading provider of background investigations, EEO investigations, and drug-screening services. 


Karen Caruso is a licensed private investigator with over 25 years of experience in investigations/security management, background reporting, executive protection, physical security, vulnerability assessments, and surveillance detection.

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Allen Shumaker

Head of Business Development
Allen Shumaker is head of Business development at Mind Your Business Inc. He is a graduate of The Atlantic University of Chinese Medicine and holds a Doctorate of Oriental Medicine. He coordinates continuity of sales and production including cost analysis, implementing new technology and overseeing customer satisfaction. His varied career achievements have given him over 30 years of experience in small business administration, sales, marketing, and customer service. He also built and grew his own successful hospitality business in Asheville for 18 years. Allen enjoys spending time with his daughter Ali and son Walker. He also enjoys traveling and working on his trucks. You can contact Allen at 828-698-9909 or by email ashumaker@mybinc.com.
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Shelby Caruso

Sales/Marketing Executive
Shelby Caruso is the Sales Executive at Mind Your Business, Inc. She graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Religious Studies. Her focus is new client acquisition, including networking to develop leads, identifying target customers, determining customer needs and capabilities, and presenting how MYB products provide a significant return on investment. Shelby has enjoyed following in her mother’s footsteps and learning this industry from the best. She is active in the community by being a foster parent for adoptable pets through the Blue Ridge Humane Society. You can contact Shelby at 828-223-9935 or by email scaruso@mybinc.com.
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Lauren Harrell

Director of Operations
Lauren Harrell is the Director of Operations at Mind Your Business, Inc. She attended Western Carolina University and holds both a National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) FCRA Basic and Advanced Certification. She has been with MYB for over 13 years. Her breadth of knowledge in this industry as well as in our internal operating systems keeps MYB’s daily operating running efficiently. She also oversees management of all employees and she leads our information security program. She is a mother of three who loves to attend sports events, especially her son’s football and basketball team and her daughter’s softball team. You can reach Lauren at 828-698-9906 or by email lharrell@mybinc.com.
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Christina Beckworth

Technical Writer/Contract Specialist
Christina Beckworth is the Procurement Specialist at Mind Your Business, Inc. She graduated from UNC Charlotte Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance. As a Procurement Specialist, she researches, analyzes, and responds to local, state, and federal government proposal solicitations to help grow MYB’s footprint in the government sector. She loves to travel, especially with her dog June. You can reach Christina at 828-698-9915 or by email cbeckworth@mybinc.com.

Renee Heider

EEO Program Manager
Ms. Renee Heider serves as the COTR/ EEO Program Manager Assistant for MYB for almost five years. Ms. Heider is a Certified EEO Counselor and Investigator. Ms. Heider holds a B.A. in Legal Studies, A.S. in Administrative of Justice. Ms. Heider works with Ms. Patton to ensure quality control. Ms. Heider responds to EEO call order requests and serves as Contract Manager for all EEO cases. Ms. Heider and Ms. Lee Patton work together to assure the highest levels of quality in all work products.
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Mabel Machin

Mabel Machin is MYB’s controller since 2018. Mabel holds an active Certified Public Accountant license (CPA- FL, NC, and WA) and a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA) certification. She has worked in corporate accounting and as a CPA since 1994 and with an emphasis on small business. She holds an MPA (Master Accountancy) with specialization on e-Commerce and Accounting Information System from Seattle University, Seattle, WA. Prior to MYB, Mabel held a tenured position as the accounting program director for Valencia College (Kissimmee Campus) and as accounting professor for Columbia College, Florida Tech (graduate program), University of Central Florida (UCF) and Seminole State CC. In her free time, Mabel enjoys reading, traveling, volunteering, ballroom dancing and spending time with family and friends.

Mind Your Business Inc. 5000 Profile

Earlier this year, we were proud to announce that Mind Your Business, Inc. had been listed by Inc Magazine as one of the top 5000 fastest growing businesses in America.


Interviews & Recognitions

Mind Your Business places a wealth of innovative technology, people, and services at your fingertips.

North Carolina Small Business of the Year

Mind Your Business was named North Carolina Small Business of the Year in 2011.

Honored by Congressman Shuler

Karen Caruso was recently honored by Congressman Heath Shuler on her recent achievement as the 2011 NC Small Business Person of the Year.


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Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Business

Mind Your Business, Inc. was named one of the fastest growing businesses in America by Inc. 5000.

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Uncompromised Accuracy

Contact our team to get a free, custom quote for your specific screening needs. From small businesses to government agencies, MYB has a custom package of solutions for any organization.