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2011 Forty Under 40: John Merriweather

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About me...
John Merriweather
President
Go Cos. USA Inc.
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Web sites:
Social media:
On my hip:
Droid 2
Most-used apps:
ESPN
NFL Mobile
Fitness Tips
Fandango
Tip-Calculator
Bible
Favorite stuff:
Colts football; professional development books; movies; Pandora; Judge Judy; all types of music; coaching youth sports
 

John Merriweather went from the Army at 18—he earned a Commendation Medal in Desert Storm (“Just being a good soldier,” he said. “I didn’t do anything heroic.”)—to a small company in Carmel where he learned all facets of the business, from warehousing to quality control to sales.

But that’s not where he wanted to end up. So during his off-hours, he created Go Cos. USA Inc., which helps Indianapolis-area companies recruit, relocate and retain top talent. The Carmel-based service is described as “an all-inclusive welcome wagon to Indianapolis for domestic and international professionals.”

Merriweather said the idea came from studying potential clients and their needs. Eli Lilly and Co. was Go’s first contract.

“We courted them and looked for ways to provide a service for them, to develop a relationship,” he said. “That’s why we built the service. Having Lilly as a first client was a great steppingstone. For others in the area to see Lilly investing resources in recruitment,relocation and retention, it made it a lot easier to get into other corporations.”

Go has now welcomed more than 2,500 people to central Indiana on behalf of organizations such as Roche Diagnostics, the NCAA, the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Pacers. Earlier this year, Merriweather won a supplier of the year nomination from Lilly, and his company has boasted a 97-percent satisfaction rating since 2003.

When he’s not helping others at work, he’s helping them at play. Merriweather and his wife have two children. He’s active in Carmel Dads Club, and the AAU fifth-grade basketball team he coaches won the national championship this year.

“As coaches, we were happy that the kids won the championship against the best fifth-grade talent in the country after making it to the Final Four each of the previous three years,” he said. “… It’s an extraordinary achievement that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”•

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  1. I think the poster was being sarcastic and only posting or making fun of what is usually posted on here about anything being built in BR or d'town for that matter.

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  3. So disappointed in WIBC. This is the last straw to lose a good local morning program. I used to be able to rely on WIBC to give me good local information, news, weather and traffic on my 45 minute commute.Two incidents when I needed local, accurate information regarding severe weather were the first signs I could not now rely on WIBC. I work weekend 12 hour nights for a downtown hospital. This past winter when we had the worst snowfall in my 50 years of life, I came home on a Sunday morning, went to sleep (because I was to go back in Sunday night for another 12 hour shift), and woke up around 1 p.m. to a house with no electricity. I keep an old battery powered radio around and turned on WIBC to see what was going on with the winter storm and the roads and the power outage. Sigh. Only policital stuff. Not even a break in to update on the winter storm warning. The second weather incident occurred when I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm a few months ago. I had already gotten a call from my husband that a tornado warning was just southwest of where I had been. I turned to WIBC to find out what direction the storm was headed so I could figure out a route home, only to find Rush on the air, and again, no breaking away from this stupidity to give me information. Thank God for my phone, which gave me the warning that I was driving in an area where a tornado was seen. Thanks for nothing WIBC. Good luck to you, Steve! We need more of you and not the politics of hatred that WIBC wants to shove at us. Good thing I have Satellite radio.

  4. I read the retail roundup article and tried Burritos and Beers tonight. I'm glad I did, for the food was great. Fresh authentic Mexican food. Great seasoning on the carne asada. A must try!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

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