John D. Merritt, Jr.
John is a General Partner of Optima Properties, LLC.
is a land development and investment company that specializes in building sustainable communities in resort residential areas.
To date, Optima
has developed over 3,000 acres representing $85 million in real estate value in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
is responsible for deal origination, underwriting, and the management of the company's North Carolina and Virginia projects.
Additionally, John serves as the CFO and leads business development activities for Envirolink, Inc.
is a utility management company that specializes in water, wastewater, and public works management for small municipalities across North Carolina.
actively pursues investment opportunities in various industries including real estate, alternative energy, technology, utilities, and business services.
John is currently a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, the past Young Leaders Chair of the Triangle Urban Land Institute where he also served as an Executive Committee Member, the Building Committee of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, and is active in other local community organizations.
John graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina.