Merrick launched his career at the inception of the team building industry when he cofounded Team Builders Plus in 1991.
Over the years, he created more than twenty team building programs and a dozen leadership training courses. He learned long ago what it means to truly engage training program participants. As a facilitator, he recognizes that “turn to a partner, have a two minute discussion, and then report out to the group” is not interactive training. He gained first-hand experience that training programs need to involve people on the physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual levels to create long-lasting change. This background served him well when Merrick worked with his worked with the Take Flight Learning staff to reimagine the DISC styles.
Merrick co-authored Taking Flight: Master the DISC Styles to Transform Your Career, Your Relationships…Your Life as part of his personal vision to bring the DISC styles into the mainstream. For too long, DISC hasn’t been a model with a brand…and it’s time to change that. He founded Take Flight Learning in 2012 to share his new approach to teaching the DISC styles with people all around the world. With his book now in eight languages and a growing global network of certified Taking Flight distributors, his dream is quickly becoming a reality. His company, Take Flight Learning, delivers world-class DISC training programs and materials that engage participants in a new kind of DISC session.
Merrick has worked with people at all levels, from line staff to mid and senior managers to CEOs. He is an experienced facilitator, executive coach, author, and entrepreneur.
He received his MBA specializing in Organizational Development from Drexel University who selected him as the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year. As President of Team Builders Plus, he repeatedly led his organization to be selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia region. Under his leadership, Team Builders Plus was selected as the New Jersey Business of the Year by NJ Biz magazine.
Merrick is also an engaging speaker and presenter. He has been a featured guest on many television and radio shows across the country. He has spoken for organizations such as: TEDx, ASTD, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Project Management Institute, the International Society for Performance Improvement, the Employer's Council, the American Society for Quality, and Vistage International.
Merrick has worked with more than half of the Fortune 100 companies in 45 states and around the world. He has led sessions with small and large organizations in a wide variety of industries. Some of the companies he has worked with include: AAA, Adidas, Alstom Power, Aramark, Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Campbell Soup Company, Chase, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, CIGNA, Colgate Palmolive, Comcast, ExxonMobil, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard, InterContinental Hotels Group, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, L'Oreal, Lufthansa, Mars, Nabisco, National Institute of Health, NBCUniversal, Nestle Purina, Novartis, PECO Energy, Pepsi, Philadelphia Eagles, Roche, Samaritan Hospice, Temple University, United Way, Verizon, and W.L. Gore & Associates. Merrick has also worked with government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Interpol, Social Security Administration, US Forest Service, as well as the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
Merrick has been published in numerous publications including, ASTD’s Training & Development magazine and Training magazine.