Charlie Merrow

CEO, Merrow Sewing Machine Company

Charlie Merrow is a passionate entrepreneur and an experienced executive.  He is the Managing Director for Merrow, a business that encompasses the 180-year-old Merrow Sewing Machine Company and a range of cross-discipline startups engaged in technology, apparel, distribution, and international trade.  Immediately prior to this, Charlie served as President and CEO of the Merrow Sewing Machine Company for 12 years, before reorganizing the company to take a more central role in the development of new businesses.

In addition to its startups, Merrow is investing in an apparel development center in Fall River, Massachusetts, named TACTILE.  TACTILE is an IoT initiative, kick-started by Federal and state grants, in which the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is also participating.  TACTILE’s mission is to introduce next-generation fabrics and innovative product development processes to designers in the U.S. and abroad – essentially Textile 4.0. To support local apparel production facilities, TACTILE will also double as a work-force training program for machine operators and mechanics. 

Charlie serves on the advisory board for the University of Massachusetts Charlton School of Business, and on the board of directors of the Narrows Center for the Arts. He and his brother support many charitable organizations, most notably establishing a Turkish program to educate Syrian girls displaced by war; building a cycling center for the regional YMCA; and funding shelters for abused and displaced women in Massachusetts. 

Charlie is a graduate of Tabor Academy, Cheltenham College, and Depaul University. He has traveled extensively, often with a bicycle (at last count he'd cycled through 35 countries). In addition to managing Merrow, he owns and operates a farm in southern Massachusetts.