Director of Key Accounts
Ernie Merritt has been a member of the UNITED family since 2014. He has worked in the Coca-Cola system since 1991. Ernie has held many roles including Bottler Account Manager, On Premise Area Manager, Director of On Premise Initiatives, Vice President of Food Service, Director of Small Store and most recently Director of Key Accounts for the Central Region.
In Ernie’s current role he leads the Central Region execution of strategy and planning with National Retail Accounts, manages all Regional Customers to include negotiations and program execution, and develops Customer Marketing Agreement guidelines for Central Region. In addition, he works closely with Director of Operational Marketing on new product introductions and marketing initiatives.
Ernie attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a Business Administration degree from Columbus State University. He is a member of the Petroleum and Convenience Marketers of Alabama Association. He and his wife, Stephanie, currently live in Auburn, Alabama.