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Karla Hertzog

Founder and CEO, Innovative Employee Solutions

Karla Hertzog is the majority owner of Innovative Employee Solutions, serves as an adviser and takes part in major decisions. She began her career with TOPS Staffing Services in Denver in 1971. The company was started by her father in 1956. She came to San Diego in 1974 to open a new branch of the company and eventually purchased the firm from her father. Today, she serves on the boards of a number of civic organizations, including the YMCA of San Diego County, the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Angels Foster Family Network.

ALMA MATER: Colorado State University

BEST PART: Mentoring and being an adviser.

LOOKING FORWARD: Staying involved in the community and watching her daughters prosper in their careers.

FUN FACT: In high school, she was voted “most likely to be a merry homemaker.”