- With W. I. Champman & Sons, Charleston, 1956-1957, F. A. Bailey & Sons, Charleston, 1957-1966. Founder, James A. Merritt & Sons, Inc. (and predecessor company), Charleston, South Carolina, since 1967, president, chief executive officer, since 1981.
Served with South Carolina National Guard, 1951. Member Mechanical Contracting Association South Carolina, American Society of Heating, Military Engineers, Air Force Association American, Associate General Contractors American, Charleston Contractors Association, Carolinas Construction Training Council (chairman 1973-1979), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Repbulican. Club: Elks.