Bill Pettit is the president and chief operating officer of the R. D. Merrill Company with responsibility for Merrill Gardens and sister company Pillar Properties. Merrill Gardens is one of the most respected assisted living operators in the country with 70 communities in 20 states. Pillar Properties is an award-winning developer, owner, and operator of multi-family housing with 1,700 units in operation and the developer for all Merrill Gardens new communities.
Pettit joined the R.D. Merrill Company in 1992 after 18 years in the banking industry and he was instrumental in the formation of the companies. He directed the rapid growth and timely execution of acquisitions and developed the policies that speak to the Merrill Gardens and Pillar Properties commitment to quality. Pettit was a 2018 Seattle Business Magazine Executive Excellence Award winner and under his leadership the R.D. Merrill Company was named the 2020 Family Business of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal for its commitment to residents, team members and community service.
Pettit earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton and a M.B.A. from the University of Oregon. He was the first Senior Living Executive in Residence for Washington State University. He serves on the Argentum Board of Directors and he is the past Chairman of the Executive Board of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA).