The Great Recession (2007-2009) changed Merlin’s business philosophy. During the recession, Merlin was fortunate to have two clients/homeowners that were financially secure enough to finish their homes despite the recession. Those two projects, along with Steve, Bart and the entire staff reducing their income/salaries kept Merlin alive. Throughout the recession, Merlin was able to retain all but one employee while most of the other Las Vegas housing contractors had to let go of the majority of their teams. This gave us a great advantage when the market returned. We were fully staffed, yet lean and better business professionals.