Jerry Meek (builder)

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Jerry Meek
Born (1958-09-11) September 11, 1958 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
OccupationGeneral contractor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author

Gerald “Jerry” Robert Meek (born September 11, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American general contractor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author.[1]

Biography[edit]

Jerry Meek is one of three children born to Gerald E. Meek and Ida J. (Bea Gardy) Meek, who is the eldest daughter and third born of 15 children. He has one younger brother, Richard Meek, and one older sister, Sara. He is the great nephew of the first U.S. Marshal of the Oregon territories, Joseph Meek.

Throughout his childhood, Meek was surrounded by music played by his father, a professional trumpet player and manager of the territory band Leo Peeper and His Orchestra, and his mother, who was a singer and signed recording artist with Decca Records Records.[2]

To support his family, Meek’s father began to work as a superintendent and owned G. Meek Construction [3] where he brought Meek to construction sites by the time he was 5-years-old.[4]

Career[edit]

In 1972, Meek, his parents, brother and sister settled in Arizona when Meek was a freshman in high school. By age 14, he'd started his first business in Tempe — a landscaping company.[5]

At age 18, Jerry forged a carpentry business with his father that serviced the custom home and commercial markets. At the urging of architect George Christensen, FAIA five years later [6] Meek and his father obtained their General Contractor's Licenses and founded Desert Star Construction on February 14, 1978.[7]

Desert Star Construction[edit]

Together with his father, Meek established Desert Star Construction (DSC) as a full-service construction services company in Arizona specializing in building luxury custom homes, commercial properties and renovations, and eventually sustainable "green" building.

Jerry became CEO and President of DSC at the age of 27.[8]

Sustainable Building[edit]

Since the early 1980s, Meek has built “green” custom residential and commercial projects with Desert Star Construction.

Meek built the first Net-Zero Energy custom home in Paradise Valley, Arizona[4] and the first LEED-certified new custom home in Paradise Valley.[8]

Meek led the renovation and sustainable retrofitting of Arizona’s first Gold LEED-certified full-service commercial restaurant El Chorro Lodge. [9]

Philanthropy[edit]

Meek led the renovation of The Phoenix Dream Center kitchen, a 1,200-square-foot breakfast bar into 4,000-square-foot, fully stocked kitchen that serves an average 750,000 people a year.[10]

Meek also led a major renovation project for The Phoenix Dream Center to design and rebuild ten “Dream Rooms” associated with The Rescue Project Program in support of human trafficking victims.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jerry Meek Bio - Arizona Luxury Homebuilder - Desert Star Construction. (2012, September 11). Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://desertstarconstruction.com/
  2. ^ New Talent Is Inked for 'X' (1954, February 20). The Billboard, p. 15. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from https://books.google.com/books?id=0h4EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA15&ots=ccLiK3anxN&dq=Bea Gardy Decca&pg=PA13#v=onepage&q=Bea Gardy Decca&f=false
  3. ^ Ducey, L., & Gonzalez, Y. (2011, June 19). Following In Dad's Footsteps. Retrieved from http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/print-edition/2011/06/17/following-in-dads-footsteps-phoenix.html
  4. ^ a b C. (2012, December 6). Jerry Meek: Talented and Thankful. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/people/entrepreneurs/jerry-meek-talented-and-thankful
  5. ^ Yara, G. (2014, March 6). 2nd-Generation Builder. Arizona Business Gazette. Retrieved from http://archive.azcentral.com/business/abg/articles/20140305nd-generation-builder.html
  6. ^ Magahern, J. (2015, February). Sustainable Luxury. Scottsdale Airpark News, 18-24.http://www.scottsdaleairpark.com/?p=2038
  7. ^ Discovering Local Builder, Desert Star Construction. (n.d.). Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/living/50-architecture/3177-discovering-local-homebuilder-desert-star-construction.html
  8. ^ a b Ayiers, S. (2011, March/April). Paradise Valley Gets The First Ever LEED Certified Home. Az Business Magazine.http://azbigmedia.com/ab/green/paradise-valley-gets-first-ever-leed-certified-home
  9. ^ Anderson, J. C. (2011, February 20). El Chorro Gets Green Honor. The Arizona Republic. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://archive.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/business/articles/20110220biz-insider0220anderson.html
  10. ^ Kissler, M. (2010, November 12). Most Outstanding Company Project: Small Businesses, 10-99 Employees. Phoenix Business Journal - Volunteerism, 14-14.http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/event/30791/2010/volunteerism-the-heart-of-business-awards-reception
  11. ^ Love, S. (2012, April 18). 10 Designers Dream Big With Phoenix Dream Center. Retrieved March 24, 2016, from http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/features/az-giving/2972-10-designers-dream-big-with-phoenix-dream-center.html

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