Leadership Bios

Steve Merryman - Founding Partner

Nashville native, I have served over 33 years in the Mechanical Contracting Industry. Having a strong desire to create a workplace where people can be motivated, mature in their field and be valued, I formed Merryman-Farr, LLC with Mark Farr in early 2001.

I am very passionate about people and the respect and opportunity that they deserve. I enjoy the opportunity to mentor employees and enjoy watching talented people discover their strengths. By having this foundation in place, collectively, we can best serve our clients.

Realizing our clients are very important to us, we place “client satisfaction” ahead of profit, while exercising complete integrity and commitment.

Mark Farr - Founding Partner

In 2001, Steve Merryman and I founded Merryman-Farr, LLC. Prior to that, Steve and I had worked together in the HVAC and Plumbing Industry for over 17 years.

I have always had an evident passion in the design aspect of our trade. I enjoy being able to provide the end-user with the most efficient and cost effective HVAC/Plumbing systems on the market today. I believe in earning trust from others by honest and consistent actions.

But, the most satisfying part of founding Merryman-Farr is having the opportunity to mentor those just starting in the mechanical industry: watching them grow in their careers, providing for their families and becoming the new leaders in the Mechanical Industry.

In the past 11 years, I have surrounded myself with a team of the hardest working people in our industry. Merryman-Farr is a true blessing in my life and for that I will never truly retire. Every day I find myself working alongside customers, I call friends and coworkers I admire and respect.

Jeremy Howard - President

Jeremy Howard began his career at Merryman-Farr in 2001 as a sheet metal apprentice. While developing his HVAC trade, he also acquired several skills in plumbing and service.

With this broad skill set, Jeremy continued to grow within the company serving in estimation & construction sales. Developing strong client relationships, he quickly escalated to becoming one of the company’s top producing salespersons. He is currently serving as the Director of Construction Services. This department currently has 72 employees. His responsibilities include overseeing field personnel, project managers, business development personnel, logistical operations and administrative staff.

Jeremy also served as PHCC of Middle Tennessee President in 2010-2011, and PHCC of Middle Tennessee Secretary – Treasurer in 2011-2012 and continues to stay an active member of PHCC.

PJ Mezera - Vice President of Business Development

PJ Mezera has twenty years of experience in the construction industry in Nashville, with a practical understanding of all aspects of the business.

After eight years in the HVAC industry, he joined Merryman-Farr as project manager/business development. Over the past nine years PJ has served in several roles including, the Service Department Manager, a Construction Project Manager, an Estimator and Designer. PJ is currently serving as the Director of Tenant Improvements. This department currently has 49 employees. His responsibilities include overseeing all field personnel, project managers and business development personnel.

PJ holds certifications in LEED AP and Air and Water Balance. He is on the Board of Governors for Nashville Chapter of ASHRAE and has served as an Instructor for the Association of Builders and Contractors HVAC for the past 9 years.

Darrell Dillard- Director of Service Operations

Darrell Dillard started in the HVAC industry in 1997 as a sheet metal apprentice. He went on to become a lead sheet metal mechanic & service technician prior to joining Merryman-Farr.

Darrell joined Merryman-Farr in 2005 and in 2006 was quickly promoted to Construction Project Manager. He used his past experience as a HVAC technician to effectively manage a wide variety of projects; ranging from tenant build outs, restaurants, and hospital renovations. Darrell is currently serving as the Director of Service Operations. His responsibilities include overseeing the service technicians, the sales & project managers, accounting & all client services.

Kim Hurless- Controller

Kim Hurless is a graduate of Murray State University and has called Nashville home for over 20 years. After gaining several years of accounting experience in other industries, Kim found Merryman-Farr by chance in 2002. With the majority of her experience in Relocation, the construction industry was a whole new world.

After working closely with the principles for the past 10 years, today she handles the in house accounting services, including financial statements and business taxes. She is also responsible for all receivables activities and serves as the head of the administrative office management.

Kim is a member of the Middle TN Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

Fil Harris, SSH, CSHO- Director of Safety

Fil Harris has an enormous wealth of construction experience totaling over 38 years. Prior to joining Merryman-Farr, Fil gained years of experience in planning, organizing & overseeing multiple projects.  He also broadened his knowledge base with the ability to hire, train & supervise those he managed.

Fil joined Merryman-Farr in 2003 as a Project Manager.  After a year, Fil was promoted to Operational Manager and after 8 years of service was promoted to the Director of Human Resources and Safety where he is committed to high work ethics and maintaining company policies and procedures.

Fil has served the community and our industry as a member of the Board of Directors with 4:13 Strong, working with the Jobs for Life Program, chairman of the ABC Training Committee and a member of the Executive Education Task Force for ABC. He has served with PHCC as Secretary-Treasurer, President Elect and is the current President of the local PHCC Chapter (2015-2016). he is also a Director on the PHCC State Board and the State Lobbyist Chairman. Fil was named the Contractor/Man of the Year for the state of Tennessee for PHCC in 2016.