Merc was a founder and CEO of CDM Optics, Inc., which in 2005 was purchased by OmniVision Technologies, Inc. Merc holds a Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has over 50 years of managerial experience in high-tech companies. He has helped found a number of companies, including the predecessor of Ball Aerospace and Technologies, Inc., Ball Brothers Research Corporation. He has been a director of numerous companies public and private including three NYSE companies.