Jerry Meek (builder)
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|Born||September 11, 1958|
|Occupation||General contractor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author|
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.
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.
At age 18, Meek 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  Meek and his father obtained their General Contractor's Licenses and founded Desert Star Construction on February 14, 1978.
Desert Star Construction
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.
Meek became CEO and President of DSC at the age of 27.
Since the early 1980s, Meek has built “green” custom residential and commercial projects with Desert Star Construction.
Meek led the renovation and sustainable retrofitting of Arizona's first Gold LEED-certified full-service commercial restaurant El Chorro Lodge.
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.
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.
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