President and Chief Executive Officer
Zorn’s of Bethpage

Merrill Zorn is president and chief executive officer of Zorn’s of Bethpage, and the fourth generation to treasure the traditions and secret recipes of her 83-year-old family-owned business.

Zorn’s of Bethpage is recognized on Long Island for its authentic made-from-scratch food and commitment to customer service. Merrill Zorn’s promise to her community and staff was to move into the future while holding on to the values of the past. Her innovative managerial skills, excellent business insight and knowledge keep the business going strong.

Zorn has been working in the business since she was six years old. After graduating college with a bachelor of science in business management and minors in biology and psychology, Zorn rejoined the family business. She has loved working in all aspects of day-to-day operations, from the cashier to the kitchen, to the counter, and on to office management.  This has provided her with the solid foundation needed for her role today as president and chief executive officer.

Her varied interests include skydiving, ballroom dancing and classic cars, among many others.

Exemplifying the spirit of kindness, Zorn is proud to be a part of a business that gives generously. She is dedicated to a variety of charities and local organizations and is an active member of multiple boards and business associations.

Zorn’s of Bethpage has been granted status as a New York State Women Business Enterprise as well as listed on the New York State Historic Business Preservation Registry, which honors businesses that have been in operation for at least 50 years and have contributed to their community’s history.

She notes, “We use the same recipes and cooking methods as my grandfather. Some of our traditions are looked upon as old-fashioned by today’s standards, but this is how we maintain our high quality and consistency.”

Zorn adds, “There is always a Zorn in the kitchen making sure that the original recipes passed down from my grandparents, are still prepared with the same quality and pride that they were 83 years ago!”

She believes herself to be “the luckiest person in the world,” noting, “I love what I do; my co-workers are my family and our customers are amazing. Our name stands for family tradition and quality…I am so fortunate to be a part of that.”

This profile is part of LIBN’s Influencers: Most Dynamic Women Leaders list. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree.

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