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 has grown to more than 500 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 a GSA schedule. Merry is actively working with her team to develop a presence in the insurance and IT verticals. During her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, yoga, spinning; and volunteers at the Center for New Directions – a non-profit that assists displaced homemakers with job readiness. Merry is available to speak about social enterprises, among other topics. 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.