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.

A word from our clients...

"I was looking for office space in Salisbury to relocate. I knew I wanted to be downtown because it is close to home and I like the environment. The Gillis Gilkerson property was the answer. As soon as I walked in the door – I was sold. Brad and Joey went above and beyond with keeping a historic face on an old property while renovating and freshening up the interior. I feel right in this space and connected with a thriving community."

"We as the States Attorney’s office wanted to make a statement to the community and our citizens with taking a run-down building in the heart of downtown Salisbury. We had reports that this building prior to our occupancy had criminal activities and we wanted to help fight blight in our own community that we serve. The building facade is something that our employees, visitors, and citizens can all be proud of."

"When treating children who are victims of trauma you can’t have a sterile atmosphere. We were given the opportunity to give input on the space and share our needs. They listened and now we have a kid-friendly space that is calming for the children and their families. We now have space for all advocates to come together to help these kids tell their story. It is a dream come true."

"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."