Merle Riepe, PhD


In co-founding SOLVE, Merle saw an opportunity to help companies increase profitability through their people based on proven psychological and leadership approaches. SOLVE promotes science, not fads.

When he’s not developing client relationships or leading a team of exceptional psychologists, he is an executive coach, team-builder, and a hiring guru – ensuring the best hire through assessments and behavioral interviewing (from the front line to the C-suite).

Merle has managed a wide range of projects over the last two decades. Every project provides a new challenge and the opportunity to work with exceptionally bright people to solve a critical problem. Merle takes great privilege in collaborating with clients who are excited about and value the services he loves providing. This passion to get to the core of an issue is the impetus for our company’s name: SOLVE.

Merle’s knowledge of human behavior, expertise in assessment and experience in facilitating change enable him to provide innovative, practical, and principled consulting services that are crafted to meet our clients’ critical needs. His relentless commitment to a successful outcome is unparalleled.

Merle’s coaching extends beyond the C-Suite. His love for basketball and playing at the collegiate level has transitioned to coaching high school athletes. If you see him after a game, feel free to strike up a conversation about team building – with teens or executives!


Doctor of Philosophy | Consulting Psychology
Alliant International University | San Diego, CA 

Master of Science | Consulting Psychology
Alliant International University | San Diego, CA

Bachelor of Science | Psychology
Nebraska Wesleyan University | Lincoln, NE 

Professional Affiliations

Community Involvement

Experience Matters | Board of Directors
Merle Riepe