SAN DIEGO – Sept. 5, 2018 – Innovative Employee Solutions (IES), a San Diego-based nationwide provider of outsourced payroll and human resources administration services, is pleased to announce Kara Hertzog has been promoted to chief operating officer (COO). Kara will lead the sales/marketing, customer success and operation divisions, while keeping a pulse on the ever-changing gig economy to allow the company to remain market leaders and deliver enhanced technology to maintain the organization’s well-known seamless service.
“Kara’s extensive skill set and history with IES makes her the best candidate for this role,” said Peter Limone, president and CFO, Innovate Employee Solutions. “Her passion and dedication to our team and clientele is incomparable. We look forward to seeing her innovative thinking and vision put to work to enhance the strategic direction and growth of the company.”
Kara’s mother, Karla Hertzog, is second generation and current CEO of IES, making Kara a third-generation member of the IES team. She has been closely connected to the company for many years, and officially joined the family business in 2006 as a client services representative. In 2009, Kara was promoted to business development manager and then later to national business development manager. In 2013, she scaled back her career at IES to focus on her own endeavors but stayed involved in a leadership advisory capacity. Kara returned to IES in 2017 as vice president of strategic marketing.
Prior to her leadership at IES, Kara developed her business and management skills, and account service experience working in both the financial and nonprofit sectors in a variety of roles, including senior project manager at Fleet Financial and director of development for Angels Foster Family Network.
“Watching this business built from the ground up, with it now recognized as one of our city’s largest women-owned businesses not only inspired me to be a strong business leader, but also encouraged me to help other companies reach their full potential,” said Kara. “It is an honor to continue our family legacy, and I look forward to supporting our IES team and clientele by providing strategic leadership for a company that has a reputation for being one of the best in the industry.”
Kara received her Bachelor of Science in business administration – management from Villanova University, and a master’s in education from Chestnut Hill College. A San Diego native, she has also played an active role in numerous local nonprofits and community leadership programs, including LEAD San Diego and serving on the board for the YMCA of San Diego Counties’ youth and family services division. Kara currently splits her time between San Diego (Point Loma, 92106) and Philadelphia, Pa., and enjoys spending time with her family and friends when she is not traveling the world or growing fresh vegetables in her garden.
About Innovative Employee Solutions (IES)
Since 1974, Innovative Employee Solutions (IES) has grown to be one of San Diego’s largest women-owned businesses and has served as the Employer of Record for thousands of employers and recruiters nationwide, offering superior outsourced payroll and HR administration services. IES’ innovative, streamlined contingent workforce solutions consistently help clients save time and resources, increase revenue and reduce risk. The company services over 300 companies in the U.S. and Canada, and payroll for over 3,400 employees annually across a wide range of industries. IES was named one of San Diego Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” for ten years in a row (2008 to 2017). For more information, please visit www.innovativeemployeesolutions.com, connect on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, or call (858) 715-5100.