Development Team

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Meredith Mears

Meredith Mears is the Chief Development Officer of Gillis Gilkerson.  Mears’s responsibilities include leading construction and development projects, creating and executing marketing strategy, and facilitating strategic growth for the company.  Working in economic and real estate development for more than 18 years, Mears is heavily experienced in senior-level strategic advisement as well as commercial real estate development ranging in use from industrial and medical to mixed-use and retail.

Mears leads RFP, RFQ and other large opportunity responses through the appropriate assemblage of teams (architects, engineers, project managers and subcontractors) and the establishment and execution of project goals and milestones.  Working to bolster development through commercial real estate acquisition and lease-back and/or sale, Mears prepares financial pro-formas and development models, and assists in commercial brokerage activity for development.  Specializing in sourcing and structuring large scale construction and development projects, Mears is recognized as a high-level producer in the industry.

Throughout her career, Mears has served in leadership capacities to grow the communities, organizations and companies she serves.  She actively serves on the Boards of Directors for several organizations, including Leadership Maryland, where she is among a selected group of Maryland’s best and brightest leaders enlisted to create actionable, positive change in the State. Mears holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing from Salisbury University.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

"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."

"During all phases of the Headquarters Live project, from meeting with Chris for the initial design to completion, it was evident that his enthusiasm for a successful revitalization of Downtown Salisbury was at the forefront of his plan. Chris’s desire to make a Landmark for the Old Firehouse as Headquarters Live has come to life and will only add to the many amenities we have in Downtown Salisbury."

"In the banking business I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Gillis Gilkerson as a financial client. Both Brad and Joey are very professional, motivated and easy to work with. They are detail oriented and make sure they have every “I” dotted and “T” crossed."