Matt never considered another career: he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. His wish was fulfilled in 1994, when he earned an associate degree in opticianary from J. Sargent Reynolds Community College and was licensed as an optician. He worked for a national chain near Richmond and managed an optical dispensary,then came home to the family business in 2001. Matt has been with Merricks Optical since 2000. Matt is a third generation Optician, he has an A.A.S. Degree in Opticinary from J. Sargent Reynolds. He has held a Virginia Opticians license since 1994.
The son of Eldridge Merricks, co-founder of the Merricks Optical, Steve became interested in optics while still a boy. His interest evolved into aformal apprenticeship under his father, and he was certified as a licensed optician in 1974. Prior to joining the family business in 1977, Steve’s extensive professional experience included stints at an optical lab and an ophthalmology practice. He took over the family business when his dad retired in 1984 and has never wavered in Merricks’ bedrock commitment to customer satisfaction. Steve has been with Merricks Optical since 1977. Steve is a second generation Optician and has held a Virginia Opticians license since 1972.
Sharon is the staff’s junior member, having joined Merricks Optical in 2012. But she has more than 30 years’ experience as an optician, most of it in her native Martinsville area. Like Steve, she trained as an apprentice before passing the rigorous state licensing exams. Also like Steve and her other colleagues, Sharon shares a firm belief in quality products and customer service. “I feel like I’ve come home,” she says. Sharon Bolden has been with Merricks Optical since 2012. Sharon has spent most of her carrier as an Optician in the Martinsville Virginia area. Sharon has held a Virginia Opticians license since 1990.