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Merlin Global Services executive Jeremy Watrous has scale models of the unmanned aircraft his company supports in his office.

= Merlin Global Services executive Jeremy Watrous has scale models of the unmanned aircraft his company supports in his office. Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle.

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Merlin Global Services gives new employees a copy of the cocktail-napkin agreement that created the company.

MERLIN GLOBAL SERVICES

CEO: Brian Raduenz

Revenue: $41.9 million in 2017; $28.3 million in 2016

No. of local employees: 43

Investors: Trive Capital of Dallas holds a controlling interest; the other partners are undisclosed

Headquarters: Solana Beach

Year founded: 2006

Company description: Defense contractor offering services related to manned and unmanned aircraft

— “Bob, 51 & Brian, 49, will start a company to support Big Safari and make things happen, with planning starting in 2007 and operations in 2008...

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