Chris Mercado Named in Fast Company’s Annual List of  the 100 Most Creative People in Business

Chris Mercado Named in Fast Company’s Annual List of
the 100 Most Creative People in Business

Chris Mercado joins the list of 100 women and men from Tesla, Amazon, Netflix, Instagram, Twitter, Frito-Lay, Universal Music, Google, Disney, the NBA, and Lyft.

[Oceanside, CA], May 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fast Company today announced its annual list of the Most Creative People in Business for 2018, honoring an influential and diverse group of 100 leadersfrom a vast range of global industries including tech, design, entertainment, healthcare, media, government, nonprofit, finance, food, and more.

The Most Creative People in Business list recognizes individuals whose work might not necessarily be quantifiable by numbers, but who are nonetheless having a measurable impact on the world. These scientists, executives, programmers, comedians, founders, designers, musicians, writers, and activists have accomplished something new this year within their field that’s driving their industries forward—and solving global and societal problems in novel ways.

I am honored and humbled by this recognition,” says Chris Mercado, “however, this is really a celebration of the team’s collective efforts. Together, we have achieved something very special and I’m proud to be part of such an amazing team.
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In the fall of 2014, a late-night call sparked the idea for Objective Zero. Justin Miller was struggling after his transition out of the military, he was suicidal and needed support. Justin reached out to Chris Mercado, a fellow combat veteran and friend, for help. Without any type of mental health background or training, Chris did what any friend would do, he listened. That call kept Justin from ending his life and highlighted the power of peer connection. Chris then brought together a team of classmates from Georgetown University to brainstorm ideas on how to tackle the problem of veteran and service member suicide and ultimately came up with the Objective Zero App, offering peer connection and access to resources at the touch of a button. 

In late 2017, the Objective Zero App was released. With contributions from co-founders Blake Bassett, Kayla Bailey, Justin Miller, Amy Eastman, and Betsey Mercado, as well as hundreds of volunteers, the Objective Zero Foundation has been able to connect hundreds of veterans, service members, their families, and caregivers to a nationwide network of trained suicide prevention Ambassadors. 


Fast Company editors and writers spend a year researching candidates for the list, scouting every sector of business: technology, fashion, cybersecurity, biotech, entertainment, beauty, social good, food, data, consumer goods, and more. The people selected have all accomplished something truly innovative within the past 12 months or so that is having a meaningful effect within their industries. They’re also discoveries; none has ever been profiled in Fast Companybefore. Taken together, they represent where business is heading right now.

“Other titles catalog wealth, corporate power, or company size,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company.“Only Fast Company identifies and celebrates leaders, many unsung, who are making an impact with their creativity.” 

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Introduced in 2009, the Most Creative People list was quickly established as one of Fast Company's most esteemed franchises. Each year, the magazine's editors present an all-new list of 100 people chosen according to a proprietary methodology. This year's honorees join the expanding community of Fast Company's Most Creative People 1000. 

Fast Company is one of the world's leading business media brands, with an editorial focus on creativity, innovation, social impact, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company ispublished by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at


The Objective Zero Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects service members, veterans, their families and caregivers to wellness resources and a community of their peers via text, call, and video chat. More information can be found at

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