Chris Meek

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Chris Meek
Chris Meek.jpg
Born (1970-09-30) September 30, 1970 (age 43)
Elmira, New York, U.S.
Residence Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Alma mater Syracuse University and Pace University
Political party
Republican
Religion Presbyterian
Website
SoldierSocks.com

Christopher Douglas Meek (born September 30, 1970) is a philanthropist and American businessman. Meek is a Financial Services Executive and is the founder and Chairman of START Now![1] and Soldiersocks. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Career Resources[2] (Bridgeport, Connecticut) and the World Affairs Forum.[3] Meek is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Yerwood Center (Stamford, Connecticut). He also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at St Luke's LifeWorks[4] and is the past Chairman of the Development Committee as well as the Life Long Learning Committee there. Meek is also currently serving as the Chairman on Stamford's Urban Redevelopment Commission [5] Chris Meek lives in Stamford, Connecticut.

Early life[edit]

Meek was born in 1970 in Elmira, New York to Douglas and Camille Meek. After his parents divorced in 1972 and after a brief time in Florida, Meek and his mother moved back to Elmira, NY and lived with his grandparents, George and Marion Giroux, until 1981.

Education[edit]

Meek attended and graduated from Elmira Free Academy.[citation needed] In 1992, Meek graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Syracuse University)[6] A member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Meek earned a degree in Financial Management at Pace University (New York, New York) and later graduated with a MBA in 1999.[citation needed] While attending Syracuse University, he interned for U.S. Senator Al D'Amato from 1990-1992 in his Syracuse Regional Office.[citation needed] This internship led to Senator D’Amato asking Meek to take a senior role in his Central New York Re-Election campaign committee during the 1992 Senatorial Race against New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

After graduating from Syracuse University in 1992,[7] Meek worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Syracuse, New York from 1992–93 and then for Dean Witter Reynolds from 1993-95. In October 1995, Meek moved from Syracuse to New York City and began working for Hull Trading Company, a Chicago-based options market-making firm.[citation needed] In July 1999, Hull was acquired by Goldman Sachs and Company. Meek ran the firms’ floor-based trading operations from 1999-2002.[citation needed] Since then, Meek has served as a Financial Services Executive in New York City.[where?]

Community activism[edit]

In April 2009, Meek held his first in a series of loan modification events at the Yerwood Center in Stamford.[8] The event consisted of five banks and several agencies offering foreclosure assistance. The program enabled 36 families to modify their mortgage, avoid going into foreclosure and losing their homes.[9] Meek created the not-for-profit START Now! in May 2009.[10]

In July 2009, Meek received a request asking for help in obtaining hygienic items for our American soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. This led him to create the not-for-profit Soldier socks.[11][12]

In June 2012, Soldier socks launched a scholarship initiative partnering with the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. That July, Soldier Socks expanded its efforts launching the new Soldier Socks Veterans Grant Foundation to help those returning from the frontlines of battle.[13] A year later, in July 2013, Soldier Socks again set focus on returning veterans and further expanded the scope of the not-for-profits’ efforts.[14] Partnering with Ekso Bionics,[15] the latest efforts are aimed at raising money to give paralyzed veterans returning home the ability to walk again.[16] In October 2013, Soldier Socks launched a fundraising campaign to raise funds to provide these mechanized suits to veterans.[17]

In the spring of 2014, the Milwaukee VA Medical Center (Wisconsin) hosted Ekso Bionics to demo the mechanized suit.[18] After the event, SoldierSocks donated the suit to a wounded veteran seeking treatment at the Milwaukee VA. SoldierSocks plans to deliver its next suit to the VA Boston Healthcare System. On April 2, 2014, Chris Meek was presented with the Orange Circle Award for the groups' philanthropic work.[19] Presented by Syracuse University, the award recognizes members of the SU community who have done extraordinary things in the service of others.[20]

Politics[edit]

On August 24, 2010, Meek was sworn into a 3-year term by Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia as Commissioner on the City's Urban Redevelopment Committee (URC) and was elected Chairman of the Commission on December 13, 2012.[21] In October 2011, Chris was awarded the 2011 March of Dimes Franklin Delano Roosevelt Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award.[22]

On October 17, 2011 Meek announced his candidacy to represent Connecticut's 4th congressional district.[23] Meek had previously been mentioned[24] as a potential candidate for the United States Senate in 2012. Connecticut Magazine's inaugural [25] "40 under 40" honoring the state's next generation of leaders named Meek as one of the forty new young leaders who are "full of energy, ideas and the determination to steer an unswerving course into the future".

References[edit]

  1. ^ START Now!
  2. ^ http://www.careerresources.org
  3. ^ http://www.worldaffairsforum.org/about_us.htm#BOARD%20OF%20DIRECTORS
  4. ^ http://www.stlukeslifeworks.org
  5. ^ http://www.cityofstamford.org/content/25/50/2234/default.aspx.
  6. ^ http://www.maxwell.syr.edu Maxwell School of Syracuse University.
  7. ^ http://sumagazine.syr.edu/2009fall-winter/alumnijournal
  8. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/5174186/US-clutches-at-straws-of-recovery.html "US clutches at straws of recovery"
  9. ^ "Together we can accomplish anything"
  10. ^ http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Goldman-Sachs-exec-brings-foreclosure-counseling-1253022.php "Goldman Sachs' exec brings foreclosure counseling show to Bridgeport"
  11. ^ http://www.connecticutplus.com/cplus/information/news/Local_2/Stamford-resident-launches-non-profit-organization-to-aide-troops-serving-abroad63176317.shtml
  12. ^ http://www.stamfordplus.com/stm/information/nws1/publish/News_1/Fedele-to-help-local-group-pack-items-for-troops6816.shtml
  13. ^ http://www.greenwich-post.com/2599/vineyard-vines-helps-soldier-socks-expand.
  14. ^ http://www.thehour.com/stamford_times/stamford-s-founder-of-soldier-socks-helps-troops-in-need/article_d4ca9d91-181b-50a3-8b54-3a9ae11e2ce9.html
  15. ^ http://foxct.com/2013/06/13/bionic-suit-could-help-paralyzed-soldiers-walk-again/
  16. ^ http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/06/24/stories-from-main-street-stamford-based-charity-tries-to-help-paralyzed-vets-walk-again/
  17. ^ http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/The-Ekso-makes-its-Greenwich-debut-4883071.php
  18. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/03/04/helping-paralyzed-soldiers-take-their-first-steps/
  19. ^ https://www.syr.edu/alumni/awards/orangecircle/orange-circle-recipients.html
  20. ^ http://news.syr.edu/orange-circle-awards-to-be-presented-april-2-87318/
  21. ^ http://www.cityofstamford.org/content/25/50/2234/4368/4384/default.aspx.
  22. ^ http://www.marchofdimes.com/connecticut/1498_27480.asp
  23. ^ http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Activist-starts-4th-District-campaign-2275088.php
  24. ^ Roll Call reference to Chris Meek
  25. ^ http://www.connecticutmag.com/Connecticut-Magazine/March-2011/40-Under-40/index.php?cparticle=8&siarticle=7