Development Team


Meredith Mears

Meredith Mears is widely known as a business and economic development professional with expertise in the commercial real estate industry. For more than 20 years, Mears has successfully led companies, governments and communities through change, solidifying her position as a heavily experienced, trusted and reputable resource on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Mears presents her community with a distinctive combination of skill, resources and relationships, thereby creating results that drive businesses and communities forward. Understanding the unique needs of her clients and delivering consistent results that go beyond expectation is a cornerstone of Mears’s community development, brokerage and consultancy businesses.

As a strategic leadership and project specific consultant who works with both the public and private sectors, Mears has collaborated with agencies at the state and county levels, as well as small and large companies operating across the United States.

Mears’s work in the commercial real estate industry has resulted in closed large-scale corporate tenant leases for government properties as well as multi-million dollar investment transactions. Her real estate affiliation has collectively brokered over 400 commercial real estate transactions, and has participated in a sales volume exceeding $500 million in brokerage and development deals. Mears’s professional background is multifaceted, providing her clients and community with a dynamic level of insight into the development and brokerage fields.

Mears remains very active in her community, serving as Regent for the University System of Maryland, and on the Boards of Leadership Maryland, Atlantic General Hospital and Maryland Capital Enterprises. In 2020, she was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, honoring her community contributions in business and mentoring. Mears is a graduate of Salisbury University and lives in Salisbury, Maryland with her husband, Jon and son, Gabe.


Bradley Gillis

Mr. Gillis is a Principal with Gillis Gilkerson Construction and Development Company and NAI Coastal. Bradley specializes in the adding value to commercial real estate. Gillis has a history of sales and leases of Medical/Professional Office, Industrial and Investment Properties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware.

Starting his commercial real estate career in 2004, Gillis has secured well over 300 transactions resulting in a career volume in excess of $300 million. Notable clients that Gillis has worked with include Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, University of Maryland Medical System, Walgreens, CVS, Zoetis and Safran.

Active in his community, Gillis is Past President of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, and the youngest ever to serve as President. Gillis is a member of the Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development, Greater Salisbury Committee, the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center Commission, and, in addition serves on the Career Advisory Board for Salisbury University. He holds the industry’s most prestigious designation, Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

Bradley earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HI. Mr. Gillis lives in Salisbury, MD with his wife Kim and sons Jackson and Beau.


Joey Gilkerson

Mr. Gilkerson is a Principal with Gillis Gilkerson Construction and Development Company and NAI Coastal; he has been involved in the Real Estate industry for a decade. Joey has participated in over one hundred commercial real estate transactions since the inception of his career.

Gilkerson specializes in Tenant and Buyer Representation for Office and Industrial users of Real Estate in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In addition to brokerage activities, Joey leads the Accounting, Tenant Retention and Portfolio Management efforts on behalf of the Gillis Gilkerson team.

Joey is a community advocate with a passion for philanthropy; he is active on several downtown-related committees and boards and Wor-Wic Community College’s Foundation Board. Formerly, Gilkerson has served on the board for Habitat for Humanity as chair of the site selection committee in Wicomico County, and the Chair for the Young Professionals of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Gilkerson is a graduate of Salisbury University and lives in Salisbury, Maryland with his wife Lauren and their son Roman.


Chris Gilkerson

Mr. Gilkerson is a Principal with Gillis Gilkerson Construction and Development Company and NAI Coastal and brings over 15 years of experience in construction management to the table. Chris has experience working with all aspects of the construction process since he began his career in 2001. He has overseen and participated in over one hundred construction and development projects.

Chris has experience with many building and product types, including: Industrial, Residential/Multifamily, Retail and Professional/Medical Office. Notable projects include the oversight of the construction of Delmarva Health Pavilion, a 50,000 sq ft medical office building in Millsboro, Delaware and the redevelopment of a 200,000 sq ft industrial building re-purposed to a Medical Office complex locally known as Shore Health Pavilion in Easton, Maryland. He has also overseen several intricate redevelopment projects of historic downtown buildings. In addition to having a focus on construction management, Chris is a licensed real estate sales person and represents Tenants and Buyers of Industrial and Office properties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Mr. Gilkerson is a graduate of Salisbury University and lives in Salisbury, MD, with his wife Ashley and children Leo and Alexandra.


Kathy Shubert

Kathy Shubert is a Development Associate with Gillis Gilkerson and NAI Coastal. She works alongside Chief Development Officer Meredith Mears.

Previously in her career, Kathy worked as an Administrative Assistant for Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) assisting the Director and Deputy Director in their daily operations. Prior to working with WCED, Kathy served as Executive Assistant for a tableware design business where she planned and coordinated special events and trade shows in cities such as Atlanta, New York, London and Paris.

In her current role, Kathy specializes in office management, administrative support and customer service. She is responsible for maintaining the office’s database and assisting in organizing events and company outreach. Kathy is highly adept in data mining and prospecting and uses these skills to conduct market research used to track local trends and source development deals.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys biking, baking, baseball and spending time with her new grandson, Walker. She currently lives in Ocean Pines, Maryland with her husband, Henry.

A word from our clients...

"Through our shared network we discovered the Naylor Mill property was going to become available and when we learned Gillis Gilkerson could bring in Zoetis, we wanted to be a part of the deal. This opportunity was advantageous for the customer, Gillis Gilkerson, the bank and the community."

"Back then I owned Mangles, a women’s clothing store and Gumby’s Galleria next door. I needed a builder – I was just a real estate guy. I sold it to Palmer Gillis and he made it look beautiful. We re-did the whole site and transformed it into a functional space that contributed to the energy and activity on The Plaza."

"Gillis Gilkerson saved us, that’s for sure!  We have a great working relationship and consider Gillis Gilkerson business partners because they listen to our needs, provide solutions and have helped us grow over the years.  We are looking at expanding again soon and won’t hesitate to turn to Gillis Gilkerson for help."

"The thing we respect the most is how Gillis Gilkerson creates an atmosphere in which everyone feels a part of the “team.” It is refreshing to do a project in which pricing is competitive, the schedule is aggressive and yet the atmosphere on the job remains professional and cordial. Such a situation is few and far between in the construction industry."

"I am writing to express our thanks and appreciation regarding Headquarters Live. The building looks fantastic and Bayside Fire Protection was proud to be associated with the project. The project was as well run as any we did last year. Chris Gilkerson’s involvement with fire sprinkler issues began prior to design to the end of the project with the accelerated occupancy permit issue. It is rare that an owner/developer/general contractor immediately addresses problems and makes decisions."