PETER G. MERRILL
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PETER G. MERRILL
PRESIDENT & CEO
Peter G. Merrill received a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in accounting and minors in business administration and economics from the State University of New York at Albany. Upon graduation, he worked for the CPA firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. (now known as KPMG). During his years with the CPA firm he specialized in tax accounting and auditing. He also learned a great deal of financial information that relate to the construction industry including items such as cash flow and cash management, accounts receivable, inventory control, cost and depreciation methods of inventory control, job estimating, job costing, and other financial information relating to profit and loss statements and balance sheets.
Over the years, Mr. Merrill has taken many courses related to the construction industry and he has received several certifications in various specialized fields. He continues to attend seminars at various National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conventions, meetings and related programs. He also attends seminars and educational programs of other organizations such as the New Mexico Home Builders Association, the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the New Mexico Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the American Institute of Architects, the Associated General Contractors Association of America, and other construction related associations.
He is an active member of the NAHB and continues to increase his construction related knowledge by serving as a member of or attending meetings of the Construction Codes and Standards Committee and several related subcommittees such as the Green Building, Construction Standards, Building Codes, Energy and Conventional Construction Subcommittees. He also serves on the Residential Construction Performance Guidelines Work Group who is rewriting and updating the current issue of the guidelines. Mr. Merrill finds that by staying current on building codes, construction standards and performance guidelines, he can be a very effective and knowledgeable mediator and arbitrator or provide CDRS mediators and arbitrators advice when appropriate.
Because of his background, his mediation experience and his mediation training, he was selected to attend the Advanced Mediation Training Intensive Program at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law located in Malibu, California. The Straus Institute is widely known as the best Dispute Resolution Graduate School program available in the United States. In addition, he was able to enhance his arbitration knowledge by attending the week-long Arbitration Training Institute conducted by the American Bar Association at the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California. Mr. Merrill continues to attend mediation and arbitration programs to keep him current on any legal or procedural changes related to the dispute resolution process, including advanced mediation training programs at the University of New Mexico School of Law.