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Merritt graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1985.


  • Ivy League Sportsman of the Year for all sports 1983

  • Played #1 Singles and Doubles on Men’s Tennis Team from 1981-1985

  • Inducted into Cornell University’s Hall of Fame for Men’s Tennis – 2010

  • Active member of the Off Campus Recruiting Team – interviewing high school seniors desiring to attend Cornell – past 20 years

  • Member of Cornell Society of Hotelman since 1985


Professional Associations

  • FBI Citizens Academy Graduate-Winter Class 2017

  • Former Chairman of the United Way Fundraising Campaign for Marcus Hotels & Resorts in 2009 raising a record $240,000 and over 30% more than has ever been raised in the Company’s 30 year participation.

  • Member of Urban League


Married to Wyana Merritt

Has 5 children, 2 Daughters, and 3 Sons.

Afton, Elle, Nathaneal, Luke and Jamison


Lives in Lakeway, Texas a western suburb of Austin known locally as the Hill Country.

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