Our Leadership

Mario Antwine, Chief Executive Officer

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Mario Antwine is Chief Executive Officer of Pearl Interactive Network, a BPO contact center with multi-channel capabilities including health and beneficiary care and behavioral and mental health counseling. He is responsible for developing and executing the firm's vision, strategy, and growth, as well as overseeing the operations, performance, and culture. Pearl has a deep focus on hiring people with barriers to work, such as people living in economically challenged areas and HUBZones, persons with disabilities, Veterans, and military spouses. The company has earned the highest level of Federal agency accolades for its service delivery.

Mario holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BBA from Howard University. In addition to his role as CEO, Mario co-chairs an alumni board at the Yale School of Management and serves as the Regional Vice President of the Robert Toigo Foundation. Mario is a lifelong fitness enthusiast, actively cross-training, biking, and discovering new hiking trails.

Merry Korn, Chief Strategy Officer

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Merry Korn, an experienced businessperson with a master’s degree in social work, founded Pearl Interactive Network as a social enterprise that blends a for-profit business with a social mission that provides work opportunities to the people with barriers to employment. During Merry’s time in leadership, the company grew to employ over 1,100 employees and registered for business in 31 states. Pearl gained traction among the world’s largest federal and commercial BPOs and positioned the company as a contact center with specialties in health care and beneficiary services.

During Merry’s 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 Committee, the Ohio Women’s Coalition, and a volunteer with the Women’s Small Business Accelerator (WSBA) and held a board position with SocialVentures, a nonprofit that assisted nascent social enterprises with business plans and funding.

Brenda Wingert, VP Operations

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Brenda Wingert has over 20 years of commercial and government contact center management experience. The scope of her responsibilities include budget, facilities, talent acquisition, IT, and project management. Brenda successfully implemented multiple government virtual and bricks and mortar contact center operations ranging from 400 to 800 seats. Included in the cadre of contact center experience is oversight of construction of a multi- million-dollar bricks and mortar contact center on time and within budget. Wingert assembled a team of expertly skilled contact center professionals charged with managing day to day contact center operations and talent acquisition.

Brenda tenured with Pearl as a financial analyst on a 400 + seat, multi-year federal contact center contract. Drawing from her previous operational experience in contact centers, Wingert  progressed to site program manager prior to assuming the position of Vice President of Operations at Pearl. Brenda honed her extensive government budget analysis experience through engagements with large federal contractors such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin. In addition to leading Pearl’s operations, Brenda enjoys, golf, quilting, crocheting, and cooking.

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