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.
Melissa Metzger, Chief Financial Officer
Melissa Metzger is the Chief Financial Officer for Pearl Interactive Network. As a key member of the executive team, she serves as the financial expert for the organization, and is responsible for leading the financial strategy, including accounting, budgeting, tax, and risk management activities. She led efforts toward obtaining SF 1408 Accounting System compliance, a set of federal rules and regulations that guide accounting and bookkeeping processes and procedures for federal market-facing businesses. Melissa has 20 years of accounting and financial management experience in several industries, including manufacturing, transportation, publishing, non-profit, and government. Throughout her career, Melissa has proven her ability to work within all areas of an organization to develop efficiencies, define and implement infrastructure/systems, and improve the effectiveness of processes. Melissa has a Master’s degree in accounting and financial management, with a background in compliance and regulatory fiscal management.
Tarah Ziogas, Vice President, Human Resources
Tarah Ziogas brings 20 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 the recruiting efforts for our niche workforce; and uses a multi-channel approach that includes accessing specialized nonprofits, job posting sites, and resume data warehouses. Her background includes leading teams, and developing and implementing training programs on full lifecycle recruiting, sourcing, interviewing, training, HR compliance, sales, and closing techniques.