Mark Merrill
Founder, Family First



  • Discovering Leadership's Unseen Essential

    In this message, Mark takes men and women of all ages on a journey to a place they may not have gone before...a journey where they'll explore their hearts and minds and discover some things about themselves that will expand their capacity to lead with greatness.

  • Live Life in the D.A.S.H.

    What a person does in the "dash" - the dash between the year someone is born and the year they die has eternal significance. In this message, Mark challenges young men and women to positively influence the lives of others by living their life in the dash with Determination, Awareness, Service and Humility.

  • Parent with Purpose

    Parent with Purpose is a fast-moving presentation by Mark Merrill for women and men who want to be better parents. This experience includes clips from popular big screen movies that parents can really relate to.


As President and founder of Family First, Mark Merrill is an experienced and passionate advocate for the family. He speaks to millions of people each week through the Family Minute with Mark Merrill daily radio program. The radio feature is heard on over 150 mainstream radio stations in 37 states, Canada, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and American Forces Radio Network worldwide. Mark also touches many lives as he speaks to businesses, government, civic and religious organizations on topics regarding parenting, fatherhood, marriage and leadership. Keynote addresses and workshops are his specialty.

Mark has appeared on numerous ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC network affiliates and network radio programs including NPR, CBS Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Network. His comments and writings have appeared in many publications including USA Today, the Washington Times and Sports Illustrated.

As an energetic advocate for the family, Mark speaks at conferences and events for companies such as Chick-fil-A, JPMorganChase, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. He also speaks at major events hosted by NFL teams, and at special engagements for dignitaries like First Lady Laura Bush and Governor Jeb Bush.

Before founding Family First in 1991, Mark practiced law in Florida for seven years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree as a Phi Beta Kappa in 1981 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida.

Mark, his wife Susan, and their five teenage children live in Tampa. For more information about Mark Merrill, please contact Legacy, LLC at 407-705-3460.

"The message you delivered at our national Chick-fil-A conference was just what we ordered - practical, meaningful and inspiring. I hope thousands of others will have the opportunity to hear you." S. Truett Cathy, CEO & Founder, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

"Your presentation hit the bull's eye. Our team loved it! We hope to have you back soon." Juan Oria, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.


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Legacy, LLC
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