Family businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy—representing 64% of U.S. GDP and 78% of new job creation. Yet only 30% of family businesses survive into the second generation. What is the key to family business longevity? How should family businesses embrace their history and traditions while adapting to modern trends, strategies and technology? Learn how Merritt navigates the family enterprise through the third generation and where the companies are headed next.
Join us to hear Taylor share how Merritt is successfully navigating the enterprise through the third generation, their growth story and where the companies are headed next.
This event is sponsored by Kutak Rock
6:00 - 6:30 p.m : Cocktails/Networking
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. : Presentation
Tickets: $40. RSVP
Taylor Merritt is Chairman and CEO of the Merritt Family Enterprise, a values-driven organization that owns and operates industry-leading transportation equipment manufacturing companies; additionally, the organization has diverse investment holdings, primarily in commercial real estate and private equity.
Since 2016, Taylor has been Chairman and CEO of Merritt Aluminum Products Company (MAPCO), a Top 50 Family-Owned Company in Colorado and Top 100 Finalist for the Colorado Companies to Watch Award. Merritt Aluminum is North America’s leading manufacturer and distributor of after-market aluminum accessories for the trucking market. Taylor’s responsibilities include stewarding core values (both family and business), modeling high performance culture, leading strategic planning and driving results. Previously, he was CFO of Merritt Equipment Co., his family’s original manufacturing business (founded in 1951). Taylor started working at age 9, mowing around the facilities and sweeping floors, ultimately working in all areas within the company. Part of the 3rd generation in the family’s business history, Taylor is a seasoned investor and leads the family’s investments, concentrating on commercial real estate and private investments. He completed the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School and holds bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Management from the University of Denver.