Peter G. Merrill is the President and CEO of Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC (CRDS) headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Merill is the past president of the Santa Fe area Home Builders Association and was the 2000 president of the New Mexico Home Builders Association.
He has a GB98 New Mexico Residential and Commercial Contractors License and has been a builder and remodeler since 1971. He received the “Builder of the Year Award” from the New Mexico Home Builders Association in 1996 and has received the “Remodeler of the Year Award” in 1997, 1999 and 2003 from the Santa Fe area Home Builders Association.
From 2002 to 2004, he represented the Construction Industry on the Federal Reserve Bank Community Development Advisory Council. He served on the NAHB National Construction Codes and Standards Committee from 2002 through 2006. He currently serves on the Green Building, Building Codes, Energy, Building Standards and the Residential Construction Performance Guidelines NAHB Subcommittees. He also served on the International Code Council Fire Code Development Committee in 2007.
Merrill retired from general construction in 2003 to devote all of his time to providing assistance to the construction industry in helping to solve the liability insurance crisis and to help contractors to keep themselves out of court while receiving fair and equitable settlements to construction disputes.
He personally conceived and developed the Expanded Dispute Review Board and Construction Settlement Panel processes and has presented his program to organizations such as the American Bar Association, Association of Attorney Mediators and other construction trade associations and organizations. The EDRB and CSP program has been published in various national trade magazines and newsletters.
His firm, CDRS, now has an established network of knowledgeable and experienced construction mediators and arbitrators located in every state in the U.S. and in selected foreign countries. Additional information about Merrill, CDRS and other dispute resolution processes can be found on the CDRS website: www.constructiondisputes-cdrs.com.