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Our Leadership

Wendy Albertini

Founder, President & CEO

Wendy Albertini is the founder and CEO of Merit321. Wendy was born and raised in Merritt Island, FL while her father worked as an engineer in the NASA Space Program. Merritt Island proudly posts a welcome sign that states Welcome to Merritt Island, Where Dreams are Launched. Wendy established Merit321’s reputation with her father in mind who embodied the dedication, ethics, and focus needed when shooting for the stars.  This resulted in Merit321’s tagline of Where Careers are Launched.

Prior to founding Merit321, Wendy spent twenty years working in a wide variety of areas within the healthcare industry, including clinical, healthcare IT and healthcare consulting where she advised healthcare practices on process improvement for growth and efficiency. After leaving healthcare, Wendy worked a decade in the M&A business assisting a wide range of clients, including those in the aerospace/defense and government services fields, with all steps of the mergers and acquisitions process.

Outside of the workplace, Wendy is an avid volunteer. She has held leadership roles within both the Greater Washington DC/Virginia chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, and the metroBethesda Rotary and she is a current board member of The Dwelling Place. Wendy's volunteer work also includes: KIND (Kids in Need Distributors), Bethesda Cares, and Wider Circle.

Larry Langston

Chief Operating Officer

Larry Langston is the Chief Operating Officer of Merit321 and an eighteen-year veteran of the staffing industry. With an eye rigorously focused on numbers, Larry ensures that projects, both internal and external, at Merit321 are done efficiently, and cost-effectively. He brings his attention to detail to all aspects of his work, ensuring the smooth execution of staffing placements.

Prior to joining the Merit321 team, Larry Langston co-founded Focus Technology Consulting, delivering expert IT services to commercial and federal clients. Larry has more than twenty-five years of management and operational experience, with fifteen of those years as an executive for MCI WorldCom, Bell Atlantic, and NETtel. As a Vice President of Operations for WorldCom, Larry managed an organization with more than 1200 people and a revenue-base of $3 billion.

Larry is an active participant in the metroBethesda Rotary and a frequent participant in KIND (Kids in Need Distributors) deliveries.

Kent Holtgrewe

Chief Financial Officer

Kent Holtgrewe is the acting Chief Financial Officer of Merit321.  In this role he brings years of financial accounting, managerial accounting, budgeting, and forecasting experience from his work at several not-for-profit associations and independent schools in the area.

Prior to Merit321, Kent spent 25 years and was a Founding Partner at Accenture LLP, a Fortune 200 Business Consulting & Technology firm.  During his time at Accenture, Kent delivered business and technology solutions to telecommunications clients in the United States and Latin America.  His industry expertise includes Network Design & Provisioning, Network Operations, Traffic Management, Customer Contact / Customer Care, Complex Order Management, Product Development, and Financial Management & Billing.  Clients included MCI, WorldCom, TelMex, Avantel, Verizon, AT&T, and Bell South.

Upon retiring from Accenture, Kent served the Bush and Obama Administrations as Deputy Chief Information Officer and Director of Policy & Planning for the US Department of Justice.  Kent’s responsibilities included managing the DOJ computing environment, directing IT Budgeting and spending, and managing IT initiatives across all major Federal Law Enforcement Components.

Kent is a Certified Public Account and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.