Since he joined the then five-year-old Merritt Companies in 1972, Scott Dorsey has served in virtually every position in the Baltimore-based construction services and redevelopment company.
In the meantime, Merritt has grown to be one of the most experienced and largest construction companies in the greater Baltimore-Washington area, with more than 16 million square feet of commercial real estate properties.
“At this point in my career, I see every interaction with any of our younger team members as an opportunity to mentor, focusing on reinforcing our culture, the way we try to treat everyone with whom we interact, valuing the creation of long-term relationships rather than transactions,” Dorsey said.
Dorsey serves as chairman of the board for the Maryland Economic Development Corporation and the Maryland Business for Responsive Government, and on boards for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, the Young Life-Urban Baltimore Board and the Baltimore County Economic Development Commission, among other organizations.
Other Merritt employees also are active with various professional and civic boards, Dorsey said, and volunteer for community projects and donate funds to a host of charitable organizations, from the House of Ruth to Pathfinders for Autism.
“We have always believed that contributing to the well-being of the community is an imperative for all businesses,” Dorsey said. “We do what we can to encourage our political leaders to provide the opportunity for economic growth and prosperity for everyone while providing support for those in difficult circumstances who need help.”
He added: “We have always valued long-term relationships over a transactional mentality. If you sincerely value personal relationships with those with whom you do business, more than short-term profits, you will be successful, not only financially, but in life.”
Dorsey earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, in New York, and his MBA from Loyola University, in Maryland.
“We have always valued long-term relationships over a transactional mentality. If you sincerely value personal relationships with those with whom you do business, more than short-term profits, you will be successful, not only financially, but in life.”