R.D. Merrill Company Chairman Charlie Wright Named Family Business Executive of the Year

SEATTLE–R.D. Merrill Company Chairman Charlie Wright has been named the Family Business Executive of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Wright is a fourth generation Merrill Family member and has been company chairman since the inception of Merrill Gardens in 1993. The R.D. Merrill Company is the parent company of Merrill Gardens and sister company Pillar Properties.

Wright was honored at a recent event in downtown Seattle and featured in an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal where he talked about keeping a family business alive for many generations.

“Maintaining a family business long term can be challenging, and we are proud of our history that dates to the 1890s. It is easy to see how family companies could dismantle after a few generations or be purchased by larger public companies. It is a testament to the generations that came before me and those who will follow me that we are able to maintain and grow as a family enterprise,” he said.

Wright was among a handful of local executives honored for their commitment to excellence in leading their companies.

In addition to Wright’s award, Merrill Gardens was recognized as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Middle Market companies in the Pacific Northwest.