Merge

About Us

Merge was founded in Nevada in 2008 and expanded into Arizona under Merge Design & Construction (aka MDC) in 2018. Benjie Swenson, President & Creative Director of Merge and MDC, began as an in-house designer and project manager for Prime Group out of Los Angeles and San Francisco. With 15 years of experience in the design field, Merge expanded into construction in 2017. Benjie and her standout team of design and construction professionals provide exceptional results with an understanding of the market, to ensure clients are getting the best value for their investment.

Core Values:

  • Partnerships: We value our interactions with our clients as they are at the heart of everything we do. We are only successful if our clients are, so that drives us to do our best work.
  • Accountability: We work with a sense of purpose and responsibility. We build and own our collective results together. We honor our commitments. We do what we say we will do.
  • Curiosity: We like people who are open minded and are willing to learn and grow. We ask questions, study and look for new solutions in order to always get better at what we do.
  • Transparency: We are open, clear and direct. We build trust through candid communication and honesty.

Benjie Swenson

President & CEO

Benjie has been in love with art and design her entire life. After graduating from SDSU, she landed the position as the in-house designer with a large multifamily ownership group. In 2008, she ventured out on a solo career and Merge was born. When she isn't spending time with her sweet family, she is looking to wander off the beaten paths of the world with her husband, Golden.

Our Professionals

DESIGNERS

Viviane Vernon - Senior Designer

This native of Brazil graduated from BYU with a degree in interior design. Viviane always digs in deep and has a Brazillion ideas to create thoughtful, gorgeous designs. She also has cool shoes.

Haley Potter - Senior Designer

Haley is an energetic CA transplant and a FIDM graduate. She is a genius at solving difficult design problems. Haley works hard to ensure clients are happy and plays hard with her two sweet boys.

Kelsea Fulton - Designer

Kelsea is a newlywed and has a background in Residential & Commercial Design. A FIDM graduate, Kelsea has a kind heart, serious design skills and is always up for the job. Kelsea is adored by clients, her team and her 4 four-legged kids.

CONSTRUCTION

Eric Morris - Director of Construction

Eric has decades of construction experience. He comes to renovation from after years of pulling buildings out of the ground. Our Director of Construction is always providing (and sometimes pushing) the Merge team with ways to grow and improve.

Edgar Hernandez - Construction Manager

Our construction manager is the strong, silent, jujitsu-practicing type. This family man is the backbone of Merge. Smart and solid, Edgar is always pushing forward to ensure that projects are done right, on time and that our clients are satisfied with the final product.

Jessica Seckington - Construction Coordinator

Ahoy mate! Jessica is an Aussie American. Her talent was immediately apparent at her initial interview and she was hired before she could get out of Merge's office. She started as a Design Assistant and has grown into the Construction Coordinator role. Jess is the Gorilla Glue of the construction team.

OPERATIONS

Golden Swenson - CFO/COO

As well taking care of business as Merge's CFO/COO, Golden works behind the scenes on film & television projects. A traveler at heart, he has been to 50+ countries and counting. Always ready with a funny quip or an obscure fact, Golden is also a fan of Afrobeat, rare groove, electroclash, acid jazz, psychedelic art metal soundtracks. And Lady Gaga.

Tamara Nicolao – Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Tamara always navigates the office waters swimmingly. Hailing from the pedigreed Nicolao Olympic family, Tamara is always on task. This loyal, dedicated, hip-hop lovin’ lady makes sure Merge is TCB.