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National Aquarium Appoints Robb Merritt to Board of Directors


(BALTIMORE)—The National Aquarium is pleased to announce the appointment of Robb Merritt, President of Merritt Companies, to its Board of Directors.

"Robb's impressive credentials in business development and management complement his family's deep roots here in Baltimore," said John Racanelli, National Aquarium chief executive officer. "He is dedicated to improving this community, which is abundantly evident in the many ways he serves the Baltimore region through the Merritt Companies and as a volunteer. I look forward to his invaluable perspective as a Board member as we continue to grow our urban conservation and community access initiatives in Baltimore City and throughout Maryland."

As president of Merritt Companies, Merritt oversees daily operations and management of the company, including Merritt Construction Services, Merritt Properties and Merritt Clubs. Merritt joined the family business in 1989 on the field construction crew, learning the business from the ground up as his father did, and taking over the expansion of the company in 2000.

Merritt sits on the President's Advisory Council for the Greater Baltimore Committee as well as the Baltimore County Economic Development Commission. His appointment to the National Aquarium Board of Directors accompanies his positions as board member to both the Maryland Business Leadership PAC and Living Classrooms Foundation.

Merritt also previously served as president of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and is currently a member of the Legislative Committee and serves as governor of the NAIOP Research Foundation.

Merritt is a graduate of the University of Colorado and received an MBA from Loyola University.