Prior to her work in the publishing industry, Carol established the private consulting and software development firm Mersch-Bacher Associates Inc. (MBA), where she served as president from 1989-1999. In 1992 IBM selected MBA products as worldwide standard system support products for the IBM AS/400, making MBA the smallest company to enter into a strategic alliance agreement for the development of software products in the history of IBM. The events of this nine-year partnership were chronicled in a book authored by Carol, SUCCESS THROUGH ALLIANCES.
In 1996, two additional operating companies were formed to deploy the latest technology in internet-based services, WebZone, one of the largest regional ISPs in the Midwest, and Enviryx, a high-tech service for online EPA/OSHA reporting for Fortune 500 and fortune 1000 companies. All three firms were sold in 1999/2000 to private and publicly traded companies, offering Mersch the unique opportunity to follow her passion for writing.
In recognition for its efforts, Carol’s firm was awarded the 1998 National Blue Chip Award by NATION’S BUSINESS MAGAZINE and Mass Mutual Corporation and was subsequently featured in nationally televised broadcast by the PBS national news networks out of Washington D.C.
The contributions of Carol’s company in the development an internet-based community website for animal welfare and rescue earned MBA the 1998 IBM International Award for creative website development by a selection committee comprised of members from around the world, including China, Australia, Europe, and the U.S. The award was presented to Carol by IBM in the Las Vegas Convention Hall before a gathering of over 2000 IBM Business Partners.
Carol is well respected in the business and professional community for her contributions in the field of information systems. She served as a member of Leadership Tulsa, United Way Venture Grant Panel, and Chamber of Commerce Small Business Development. Her other recognitions are as follows.
Nominated by IBM and award the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce 1992 “Business Woman of the Year.”
Listed in “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry” and “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.”
Awarded the 1994 City of Tulsa “Pinnacle Award” by the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women for contributions to her field of endeavor, risk taking, and community involvement.
Chairman, City of Tulsa Information Technology Advisory Board 1990-1995, where she led the development of the strategic plan for overhaul of the City’s information systems technology into an integrated system network to meet 20th century information requirements. The resulting comprehensive plan encompassed all facets of City information and reporting, including integration of administrative, public works, police/fire, and courts systems.
Authored the commercially accepted “Systems Development Life Cycle,” a management guide detailing the procedural processes for sound systems development. This methodology was adopted by major US enterprises, including Citicorp, and was selected as the subscribed procedural systems development methodology for the City of Tulsa.
Featured in business and community publications, WILLIAMS WORLD “The Professional Female,” OKLAHOMA WOMAN “Toward a Definition of Career Woman,” and TULSA MAGAZINE “New Corporate Climbers.”
Contributing author for major computer industry trade publications and noted for her ability to transpose complex systems issues into reader-friendly nomenclature. She has authored articles on systems management and system standards for MAINFRAME SYSTEMS, IBM AS/400, and DATAMATION magazines.
Featured in 1999 in the NY Times for her extraordinary efforts in developing leading-edge business technology in the Midwest.
Awarded the 1999 Family & Children Services Award for “Special Parenting” as a single-parent who achieved success under conditions of extreme adversity and financial hardship. Carol’s daughter accepted the award on her behalf.
Carol lives in Oklahoma where she is commits her time to writing non-fiction books and consulting. She enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with close friends.