Formally educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill, and the University of Phoenix, Mr. Holloway is the founder of NC 100, an organization that urges stakeholders in the community to make investments in assisting the underserved and underbanked obtain information about multiple pathways to financial success. He also is the Director for Regional Expansion (North Carolina) for the Community Purchasing Alliance, (www.cpa.coop) a social enterprise and local business cooperative, based in Washington, DC.

Always striving to hold true to values instilled in his heart from a father that served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and a mother who spent most of her working career as an educator in the Rockingham County Public School System, Merald is a passionate and dedicated advocate for economic empowerment and social justice within several North Carolina communities and business sectors. He has over 20 years of experience holding senior management roles in retail operations, staff development, non-profit management, community development, and diversity and inclusion practices, including 10 years directing internal support and external member services at Self-Help, a mission-oriented CDFI headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. Dedicated to building and supporting minority ecosystems of business enterprise, he serves on the board of directors for the Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce, an advisory board member for the Business Administration department at Durham Technical Community College.

His quest lives with how those values he shares with others shape the designs/changes NC 100 will make, and the direct results and impact that comes from the work. He shares his life with his longtime partner Sakeya, and their girls, Morgan and Kyra in Raleigh, NC.