Gerald Merfish

Gerald Merfish

Gerald has a 40+ year career as an entrepreneur and executive in a family business.
During this time period he has dealt with the following business challenges:

  • Managing a family business with multiple generations
  • Making acquisitions including, purchasing competitors
  • Vertical integration to source and manufacturing
  • Geographic expansion
  • Import and Export Transactions, including Letters of Credit
  • Financing growth
  • Developing and motivating a management team
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Supply Chain Distribution & Metrics
  • Developing and executing an Exit Strategy
  • Working as the CEO/minority partner with a Private Equity majority owner
  • Strategic Planning to develop Mission, Core Values and Growth-Profits Strategy
  • Oversight and reorganization of By-Laws and Board Governance
  • Mentoring young adults as they find their way, including members of the US Military as they transition into their post-military careers.
  • Member of a community bank Board of Directors for a bank that was sold to a competitor—served a Chairperson of the Director’s Credit Committee.

In addition to his business career, Gerald has extensive non-profit experience including Board and leadership experience with:

  • United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast
  • Jewish Community Center of Houston
  • National MS Society—Lone Star Chapter
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Houston & the Jewish Federation Endowment Fund
  • Houston Independent School District Foundation
  • Congregation Beth Israel & the Beth Israel Endowment Fund
  • National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors (NASPD)
  • American Leadership Forum (also designated as a Senior Fellow of ALF)
  • Co-managed a number of capital campaigns for numerous non-profits

Gerald is proud to have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas-Austin.

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