Merry Korn, President/CEO
Merry Korn, owner, an experienced businesswoman with a master’s degree in social work, honed her business skills as senior vice president of marketing for American Health Holding, Inc. – a national medical management firm based in Worthington, Ohio. As part of a team of four founders, Merry grew American Health’s business from a startup company in 1993 to a firm that today has over 300 employees and 20 offices nationwide. In 2004, she founded Pearl Interactive Network, a social enterprise that blends a for-profit business with a social mission that provides work opportunities to the most challenged populations. Through Merry’s leadership, the company is scaling to 1,100 employees, and registered in 40 states. Pearl gained traction among the world’s largest federal government contractors, and positioned the company as a niche staffing and project management firm that provides federal prime contractors with mandated certifications and DCAA compliant accounting system. Merry is actively working with her team to launch a Supportive Care and Remote Monitoring solution, an end to end telehealth solution that combines people, process and technology to address the needs of patients with multiple chronic conditions. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, yoga, golf and is a board member for New Directions – a non-profit that empowers women in transition to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. She is a member of the NAWBO Public Policy Committee and a volunteer with the Women’s Small Business Accelerator (WSBA). Korn is a board member of NASWASI, a professional liability insurance company that protects social workers. To invite her to speak at your next event or conference, visit this page.
Jim Caldwell, CFO
Jim Caldwell has over 30 years of financial management experience in a variety of industries including professional services, higher education, distribution, logistics, healthcare, and manufacturing. He also has experience in human resource management, benefit administration, information systems implementation and integration, risk management, business valuation, and physical plant operations. Jim has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Xavier University and a BSBA in Accounting from Franklin University where he has served as an accounting adjunct faculty member for the last 15 years. Jim is a volunteer in the Kairos Prison Ministry, Bible Study Fellowship and is member of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club. In his spare time Jim enjoys biking, reading and traveling to historic sites and places of natural beauty.
Tarah Ziogas, Vice President, Human Resources
Tarah Ziogas brings 25 years of progressive recruiting and human resource expertise that spans industries including mortgage banking, IT, non-profit, and Fortune 500 companies. She is charged with leading our Human Resource efforts. She plays a major role in the company’s overall performance, leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness, and elevating team performance through innovative leadership. Including the talent acquisition team efforts for our niche workforce. She uses a multi-channel approach that includes accessing specialized nonprofits, social efforts, job posting sites, and uniquely innovative ideas. Her background includes leading teams, and developing and implementing training programs on full life-cycle recruiting, sourcing, interviewing, training, HR compliance, sales, and closing techniques. She knows how to infuse energy and lay the foundation for friendly, caring, knowledgeable and trustworthy teams. She embraces and has the ability to instill the Pearl values, vision and mission into others.
Brenda Wingert, Vice President Operations
Brenda Wingert received a promotion to Vice President of Operations for Pearl Interactive Network, Inc., a national government contracting firm based in Columbus, Ohio. In this new role, she will oversee all contact center operations, and support sales, bid and proposal processes for government contracting.
Brenda brings to Pearl over 15 years of call center management, including budget, facilities, IT and project management. Prior to joining Pearl Interactive Network, Brenda led and implemented 600+ seat call center operations. In the new role as Vice President of Operations, Wingert will continue to oversee Pearl’s 400-seat operation in Winchester, Kentucky and is charged with the implementation of a 750-seat operation in Tempe, Arizona for a Census contract. Brenda began her tenure with Pearl as a financial analyst for Pearl’s Kentucky contact center and went on to assume the site manager, and program manager roles. During her spare time Wingert is a consummate baker, cook and quilter.