CPT(R) Tyler Merritt, was born in Greenwich, CT, and is married to Angela Merritt of Dothan, AL. They have three children, Brayden, Ryleigh, and Isabel. After graduating Valley Forge Military Academy, Tyler earned an appointment to The United States Military Academy at West Point. While attending West Point, Tyler majored in Engineering Management, graduating amongst the top of his class from the Academy. Upon graduation in 2006, Tyler was commissioned in the United States Army and reported to Fort Rucker for Aviation training. His proudest service was with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). He served as the Executive Officer (XO) of C Company, 3-160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. In June of 2014, CPT Merritt relocated to West Point, NY in order to attend the Master’s Program at Columbia University. He served as a West Point Tactical Officer (TAC) charged with the responsibility of developing and mentoring 145 cadets under his command. In 2017, CPT Merritt medically retired from the Army, after 11 years of service.
In 2012, while still serving on active duty, Mr. Merritt started Nine Line Apparel Inc., recognized by INC.5000 as one of the top 100 fastest-growing privately held companies in the US, growing at over 5,500% for the past three consecutive years. Nine Line is focused on doubling in size in the next 48 months and is focused on returning textile manufacturing to the US. In 2014, Tyler established the Nine Line Foundation, Inc., a 501c3, consisting of all volunteer members primarily from the Armed Forces. NLF has built 6 wheelchair accessible homes for severely wounded veterans, and created a Veterans Village in Savannah, GA with 24 homes. In 2014, Tyler started Merritt Investment Group (MIG) LLC, focused on the development and licensing of proprietary marketing intellectual property. MIG holds numerous trademarks, patents, and copyrights. In 2016, Merritt Land Holding LLC, was set up for commercial land development and is currently developing a 390-acre Light Industrial site. In 2017, Mr. Merritt developed Nine Line Media LLC, focused on creating new revenue opportunities for social media influencers.