With over 60 years of collective experience, the Merit Homes team has the knowledge, experience and customer-focused abilities to deliver the high-touch process that sets us apart.
Bert A. Getz, Jr. President
Oversaw all development at the Merit Club and The Reserve at the Merit Club. Mr. Getz actively manages real estate investments and commercial development for Globe Development Corporation. A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Master’s in Business from the University of Michigan, Mr. Getz has been in the family business since 1991 when he and his father, Bert Getz, Sr., initiated and developed their 325-acre Stonehenge Farms into the Merit Club project. A trustee of the Brookfield Zoo, Mr. Getz is also on the Board of Directors for Children’s Memorial Hospital, Cabrini Mission Foundation, Libertyville Bank and Trust and Wintrust Asset Management Company.
William P. Sandberg, Vice President
Entered the Construction Industry in 1976 and brings vast experience to his role at Merit Homes. Mr. Sandberg oversees production and quality control, as well as budgeting, customer service, vendor selection and contract negotiation. Among the many highlights of his career include the title of Senior Vice President for various Chicagoland builders and the prestige of owning his own building company. Strategic involvement in environmentally sensitive communities, energy efficient technologies and Green Building Practices are many of the strengths Mr. Sandberg contributes to Merit Homes. A graduate of Harper College with an AAD in Architectural Technology as well as other fields of studies associated with the building industry, he is an active member of The Homebuilders Association.
Jeri D. Szatko, Director of Sales and Marketing
Active in New Home and Home-Site Sales since 1979, Sales Management in 1990. She has been awarded numerous awards throughout her career for excellence in her field. Mrs. Szatko has been helping people design their Dream Home since 1997 for Merit Homes. She has an in-depth knowledge of interior and exterior design which allows her to expertly guide the client through the process of building seamlessly. She studied Business at the University of Dubuque and holds both the Certified Sales Professional (CSP) and National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) certifications.