Chris Pahlman

Chief Financial Officer

Chris strengthens every project by matching financial expertise with unflagging optimism.

With 10+ years of experience in accounting, Chris understands the need to pair skill with the will to succeed.

That’s what enables him to see what no one else can, from streamlining company-wide reporting to enhancing financial accuracy. For Chris, it’s not just about getting the numbers right; it’s about building a seamless process that benefits everyone.

In his spare time, Chris balances his life by cheering on his favorite Pittsburgh sports teams, spending time with his family and friends, and staying active. Whether he’s strategizing budgets or rooting for the Steelers, Chris loves the excitement of rising to the challenge.

Chris's favorite part about working at Merit?

The teamwork and culture. Everyone feeds off of the energy of one another to sustain growth in our work!

What is Chris’s favorite Merit value?

No assholes.

How does Chris define success?

Constantly challenging yourself in areas you might not be comfortable. Consistent improvement will follow that, and as long as you consistently improve, you will be successful!

Chris’s life motto:

You never know what you can do until you try.