Merial is President of Gates Capital Management, LLC, the parent company of Gates Capital Partners. Prior to joining Gates Capital Management in 1998, she was responsible for managing private banking, trust and investments for the Rocky Mountain Region of a large, multi-state bank. Previously, she was a practicing CPA in both Texas and Colorado specializing in the extractive industries, hospitality and financial services. She served as the Chief Auditor for a large Colorado bank holding company. She is active in the family office community nationally and been recognized as The Family Office Executive of the Year by The 50, a leading family office collaborative. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Southeast Family Office Forum and The 50, is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the National Western Stock Show Association, the National Western Junior Livestock Auction Committee and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the National Western Scholarship Trust. Merial is also passionately involved in giving back to the community, serving on multiple nonprofit boards and committees. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and represents Gates Capital Management in the Institute of Private Investors. Merial holds a BSBA from the University of Denver where she graduated with honors.