Merry Korn, President/CEO
Merry Korn, an experienced businesswoman with a master’s degree in social work, founded Pearl Interactive Network, a social enterprise that blends a for-profit business with a social mission that provides work opportunities to the people with barriers to employment. Through Merry’s leadership, the company anticipates employing 1,600 associates by end of 2021, and is registered to do business in 22 states. Pearl gained traction among the world’s largest federal government contractors and positioned the company as an expert comprehensive contact center with specialties in beneficiary and supportive care navigation services. Pearl provides federal prime contractors with mandated certifications such as small business, WOSBE, HUBZone and DCAA-compliant accounting systems Additionally, through her leadership, Pearl acquired a GSA ACN schedule, enabling Pearl to compete for federal contact center contracts while minimizing bid competition.
During her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, yoga, golf and is a board member for NASWASI, a for profit liability insurance arm of the National Association of Social Workers. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners Public Policy, the Ohio Women’s Coalition and a volunteer with the Women’s Small Business Accelerator (WSBA) and SocialVentures, a nonprofit that assists nascent social enterprises with funding.
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Jim Caldwell, CFO
Jim Caldwell is a CPA and has over 30 years of financial management experience in a variety of industries including professional services, higher education, distribution, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing. He also has experience in human resource management, benefit administration, information systems implementation and integration, risk management, business valuation and physical plant operations. Jim has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Xavier University and a BSBA in Accounting from Franklin University where he has served as an accounting adjunct faculty member for the last 15 years. Jim is the chair of the Kairos Prison Ministry Advisory Board at North Central Correctional Complex, discussion leader of Bible Study Fellowship and is a member of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club. In his spare time Jim enjoys biking, reading and traveling to historic sites and places of natural beauty.
Brenda Wingert, Vice President Operations
Brenda brings over 15 years of call center management to Pearl, including budget, facilities, IT and project management. Brenda successfully implemented a 600+ seat call operation, manages a 400 plus seat operation and is in the process of ramping up a 750 seat operation. Brenda started her tenure with Pearl as financial analyst for Pearl’s Kentucky contact center. She eventually assumed site manager and program manager roles and was recently promoted to Pearl’s Vice President of Operations. In addition to leading operations, Brenda oversees all facets of government contracting capture including mining and bid responses. During non-work hours, she enjoys quilting, crocheting and cooking.
Jean Murphy, Vice President, Federal Business Development
Jean Murphy joined Pearl Interactive Network as Vice President, Federal Business Development. Jean brings over 30 years of proven performance in Business Development, Capture Management and Program Operations for industry leading commercial Business Processing and Contact Center Providers and Federal Contractors. She has hands-on experience with winning capture efforts of multi-million dollar contracts with Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, Department of Labor, General Services Administration, Department of State, Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Senate.
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