Merle is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. His service included a stint in Beirut. Merle moved to the Myrtle Beach in 2002, working with Young Interiors Flooring Center since 2006. Merle manages incoming and outgoing inventory shipments in his role as Warehouse Manager. Before moving to Myrtle Beach, he was a Master Paper Maker in Philadelphia.