John Merris is the CEO of Solo Brands (NYSE: DTC), a Southlake, Texas based platform of direct-to-consumer lifestyle brands, including Solo Stove, Chubbies, Isle Paddlebords and Oru Kayak, which he led from humble positioning as a business with under 10 Solo Stove employees in 2018 to a successful IPO at a $2.1 billion valuation in 2021.
John, a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business MBA program, leads, operates, and innovates with a vision inspired by his diverse professional background across both B2B and B2C. Immediately prior to Solo Brands, John helped lead Ft. Worth based Clarus Glassboards to unprecedented growth, resulting in a successful exit via private equity. Before Clarus, John launched the first profitable managed service model for programmatic advertising in B2B media, as Vice President at Multiview.
John specializes in scaling the entrepreneurial potential of businesses, a passion that began with his first startup venture, a home automation brand he founded after college and successfully exited in 2013. John and his wife Cindy live in Southlake, Texas with their five children, and in addition to being active members of their church, together founded Fostering Hearts, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to supporting foster children through their participation and education in the arts.
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