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IES Team

Kara Hertzog

A third-generation member of the IES team, Kara has been closely connected to the company for many years, but officially joined the family business in 2006 as a Client Services Representative.  In 2009 Kara was promoted to Business Development Manager, and later to National Business Development Manager. In 2013, Kara scaled back her role at IES to pursue a long-held passion for early childhood development. After completing her Masters in Education in 2015, Kara launched Nest Chestnut Hill, a creative playspace and upscale child enrichment center in the Philadelphia area.  Currently, she contributes to IES in a consultative capacity, lending her expertise to the IES sales, service, and marketing departments, as well as to oversight of the IES sales process.

Prior to her leadership at IES and Nest, 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 in Boston, and Director of Development for Angels Foster Family Network in San Diego.

Kara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Management from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, and her Masters 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 board membership for the YMCA’s Youth and Family Services division.