Merrick graduated from The University of Iowa with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. He helped lead Iowa’s Ice Hockey Club to a conference championship where he established numerous scoring records and was named team MVP. Merrick went on to earn an MBA from The A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

Merrick took over the operations of Windy City Lighting in 2001 after its merger with Bulbs!Bulbs!Bulbs!. In nearly 10 years of experience in working with energy-efficient programs throughout the Midwest, he has overseen thousands of lighting projects.

Merrick is married with two children. He and his wife Sheila love to be involved with their kids’ activities. His daughter Meghan participates in volleyball, pom-poms, track, and dance while his son Blake plays both travel hockey and baseball. A little known tidbit is that Merrick is a “Life-Master” competitive bridge player.