Staying on top Featured

8:06pm EDT June 30, 2011
Staying on top

Kemal Farid is always one step ahead of the competition, one of the big reasons Merrick Systems has been so successful over the years. After co-founding Merrick in 1989 as a software company focusing on regulatory compliance and pipeline-supply management, Farid soon realized that the spectrum of upstream operations was ripe for digital innovation.

Throughout the 1990s, he broadened Merrickā€™s focus to address additional aspects of the upstream business, including drilling, field-data capture, hydrocarbon accounting and technical data management.

As the new century began, Farid embarked on a series of technology acquisitions that included innovative approaches for operations, engineering and business functions across oil and gas production and drilling processes. Next up was global expansion, as Farid helped position Merrick to be a global player with projects and a presence in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific Rim.

These moves grew revenue, until the economy took a tumble. But Farid was able to lead Merrick through that time with smart decisions to shed noncore products and streamline operations. As a result, when the economy began to turn around, Merrick was ready to start growing again.

As president and CEO, Farid promotes a family environment in the workplace. He launched the business with his aunt, Samina Farid, and as a single father, raised his young daughter. And when Farid wed his wife, Sherry, in 2005, the entire Merrick team celebrated with the couple at the wedding.

Today, the company continues to grow and prosper thanks to an attitude of persistence and commitment that Farid seeks to impart to his people and throughout the organization.

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