Mert was born and raised in Hutchinson. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree.
During his college years, Mert spent his summers working for Luminous Neon. After college he joined the Navy and was a Lieutenant Naval Aviator. He returned to Luminous Neon in 1960. In 1970, the company’s shareholders elected him President. He continues to be involved with the company’s operations.
Mert has devoted much time to public service. The following list is only a portion of his community involvement: Chairman of the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Hutchinson Hospital Foundation, founding member of the Hutchinson Human Relations Commission, founding member of the Hutchinson Community Foundation, and President of the Prairie Dunes Country Club Board of Directors.
Mert enjoys playing golf and working at his farm.