The business owner…

Merit Gest has more than 20 years of experience working with companies to grow revenue, increase profitability and reduce turnover.   Merit’s work experience and certifications in both Emotional Intelligence and cultural transformation give her a unique perspective for hiring, onboarding, selling and retaining top talent.

Prior to forming Merit-based Professional Development, Merit was the Senior VP of Sales for a nationwide sales training organization and the youngest General Sales Manager for a start-up radio station in the country’s third largest market.

In her various roles as a business owner, trainer, coach, consultant and keynote speaker, she has worked with CEOs, business owners, entrepreneurs, sales management teams and professionals across a wide variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, engineering, professional services, technology and even pest control.

The keynote speaker…

Merit Infuses more than two decades of human dynamics, sales and leadership experience into power-packed, humorous keynotes on sales, leadership and communication. A Certified Speaking Professional, Merit has earned the highest designation in the speaking industry, achieved by less than 12% of speakers worldwide… your insurance policy that you are getting a real pro. Your attendees invest their energy, time and money to go to the event.  They deserve a high energy, content rich, engaging speaker who understands how to capture attention, inspire people into action and make ‘em laugh.

Her presentation style is a blend of content, connection & comedy.  All of Merit’s work is specifically designed for each unique client.

 

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The adventurer…

A true adventurer, Merit pulls business and life lessons from her experiences backpacking around the world on her own, bungee jumping, sky diving, ice climbing, scuba diving, paragliding and crashing.   She’s likely the only person on the planet who’s broken a left foot in Israel and a right leg in Croatia, but somehow she’s walked away from both with inspiring messages that enable people to create new possibilities in business and life.

 

The personal…

Merit has a Communications degree from Michigan State University. Her son Jake is a math whiz, “Little Mr. Fix It” and a future Heisman trophy winner (or maybe just a really big football fan).

In her spare time Merit can be found at a day spa or a comedy club… in the audience or on stage!