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Our Team

Led by Inova Payroll founder and CEO, Farsheed Ferdowsi, the Inova Payroll management team is comprised of payroll and HR experts with decades of experience serving employers. Many of our team members have worked together for much of that time, making Inova a connected group of professionals with deep industry expertise. We’re committed to working smart, championing fairness, earning your trust, and delivering a higher standard of service in this industry.

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Farsheed FerdowsiCEO
Farsheed Ferdowsi is Inova Payroll’s founder and CEO. Following a year of postgraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, Farsheed founded Access Data—a business software development firm in 1979. This was followed by a succession of other companies in the information technology and business services industry.

In 1991, he founded PayMaxx, a payroll service outsourcing company, which took off on the national scene reaching the rank of top-10 largest in the USA. PayMaxx was included in the prestigious Inc. 500 list for four consecutive years and was a five-time winner of the Nashville Area Chamber’s Future 50 Hall of Fame award. In 2005, PayMaxx combined its operations with CompuPay where Mr. Ferdowsi served as Chief Development Officer for two years. After a brief hiatus from his 30-year career in the payroll services business, he decided to reengage the industry he loves by launching Inova Payroll™.

Farsheed was recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 and is an alumnus of Leadership Nashville. Throughout the years, he has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Middle-Tennessee. These include the Red Cross, the Nashville Zoo, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Middle Tennessee YMCA, and the Rotary Club of Nashville.

He holds a master’s degree in structural engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University.

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Charlie WoodCOO
While the majority of his career has been spent in payroll outsourcing, Charlie brings more than 20 years of experience in operations, business analysis, customer care, and process improvement with technology driven organizations. His industry experience includes Financial, Healthcare, Academic, and Manufacturing. At Inova Payroll, Charlie oversees the operational teams who ensure that clients receive personalized, high-touch customer care.

Charlie has served in key management positions throughout his career including nine years with a national payroll organization where he oversaw the relationships of more than 2,500 clients. His diversified skills and focus on client satisfaction is a valuable asset and will help Inova Payroll maintain the highest satisfaction for our clients.

Charlie holds a master of business administration degree from the Massey School of Business at Belmont University.

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Mary Leveridge, CPAExecutive Vice President
Mary began her career as a certified public accountant and became a principal in a prestigious Atlanta CPA firm. Her expertise guided clients during the startup, growth, and transition stages of their businesses and allowed each client to tackle their day-to-day challenges.

In 2003 Mary founded Payroll Strategies with the goal of servicing her CPA clients with a level of expertise and customer service that was unheard of in the payroll outsourcing industry. Payroll Strategies merged with Inova Payroll in 2017, and today Mary serves as Executive Vice President of the combined organization.

A native of Hazard, Kentucky and a graduate of Georgia State University, Mary has practiced public accounting in Atlanta and Chicago and was intimately involved in mergers and acquisitions as an associate with a Chicago venture capital firm. Mary currently serves on the board of the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation, and on the pension committees for several clients. She is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, AICPA, NPMA, American Payroll Association, Independent Payroll Providers Association, and SHRM.

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Melanie Crow, PHR, SHRM-CPSVP Sales Enablement
Melanie is a thirty year industry veteran who brings big-picture perspective to her role at Inova Payroll. Having served in leadership positions throughout her career in the payroll and human resources industries she helped launch PayMaxx. She brings extensive expertise to provide hands-on and consultative solutions that help companies save time and money so they can focus on their core business.

A consummate professional, Melanie prides herself on establishing long term relationships with her clients, never taking a “hit and run” sales approach. Happy customers before, during and after the sale are important, and that’s what sets Melanie apart from the rest.

Melanie, along with Jordan and Coray, leads Inova’s HR and payroll sales efforts and is focused on providing solutions tailored to meet clients’ needs. Her experience in meeting the complex requirements of large employers makes her especially suited to bring value to major accounts. She holds a PHR certification through HRCI and a SHRM-CP certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. She is also an active member of the local chapter of SHRM where she has served on the Membership Committee.

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Anthony MyersSenior Vice President
Anthony (Tony) L. Myers began his career in the transportation industry, working for various companies in the Southeast and eventually starting his own transportation and freight brokerage company, which became one of the fastest growing companies in Georgia.

In 2000, Myers sold the company and began his insurance career. He was most recently a senior benefits manager with Atlanta-based Brown & Brown Insurance, where he worked for 14 years.

Bringing a wealth of knowledge to the Inova Benefits program, Myers is widely recognized and respected by his peers for his honesty, integrity, and straight-forward approach as it relates to both insurance vendors and his clients.

A Memphis State University graduate with an education degree, Myers enjoys spending time with his eight grandchildren, playing golf, weight training, and traveling the world with his wife, a Delta Airlines flight attendant for more than 25 years. Myers is an accomplished singer and enjoys performing at weddings and other events.

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Coray GroveExecutive Vice President
Coray Grove is Executive Vice President in charge of business development for Inova Payroll. Prior to Inova, Coray was Principal and co-founder of Integrated Payroll Services (IPS), based in St. Louis, Missouri, which merged with Inova in December 2021 to create one of the largest HCM companies in the US.

Coray’s responsibilities with Inova include the recruitment, development, and performance of a segment of Inova’s national salesforce, along with managing select strategic partnerships.

Prior to co-founding IPS, Coray was with Automatic Data Processing (ADP) for seven years serving in several leadership positions. During his career, Coray served as a Training Manager, Sales Manager, and most recently, a Major Account Sales Director responsible for new client development within ADP’s St. Louis Region of Major Accounts.

Coray received his BS from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis. Coray has also earned his Senior Professional of Human Resources designation (SPHR) from the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM).

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Jordan RushSVP Sales
With more than seven years’ industry experience, Jordan practices a consultative approach that focuses specifically on the client’s needs. Thus he delivers the optimum payroll and HR solutions to Inova clients that help them save time and money. His hands-on approach doesn’t stop after the sale; Jordan frequently reaches out to clients to make sure they are satisfied with the value they receive from Inova Payroll.
Along with Melanie and Coray, Jordan leads Inova Payroll’s national HR and payroll sales efforts. Customer loyalty and personalized service are extremely important to Jordan’s business philosophy, and he treats every client— no matter how large or small—with the same personalized service. Like the rest of Inova’s Executive Team, Jordan has a reputation of going the extra mile for our clients.