Editor's note: This podcast is produced by Innovate Fort Worth, a service of the UNT Health Science Center's Innovation Ecosystems. Cameron Cushman, assistant vice president of the Innovation Ecosystems, hosts the podcast. He also is member of the reader advisory council of the Fort Worth Report.


When it comes to putting smiles on faces, John Merris knows a thing or two about how to do that. Whether it is sitting around a campfire, kayaking on the lake, or even wearing some crazy shorts, he is building the lifestyle brand that brings family and friends together. As CEO of Solo Brands, the company that went public in the fall of 2021, John Merris shares how he became CEO of Solo Stoves, what it is like collaborating and acquiring three different brands, and how he is “creating good” through his products.

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