Meredith (Merry) Mears is the Chief Development Officer of Devreco Development Real Estate Company and Gillis Gilkerson and brings more than 15 years of experience in economic, community and workforce development. Mears shares a passion for real estate development and building communities in ways that will ultimately benefit economic modernization, growth of local businesses and social well-being of its residents. She has structured a variety of business deals to help entities obtain financing from public and private lenders and has for years worked alongside bankers, investors and other financiers on loan committees with the commitment to move deals forward.
As the former director of economic development for Worcester County, Maryland, Mears provided leadership for business attraction, expansion and retention efforts while executing job creation strategy. Ms. Mears remains committed to her focus of building and sustaining strategic partnerships to establish and grow local industries and jobs for the communities she serves. Prior to joining Worcester County Economic Development, Ms. Mears was the workforce division director for the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland where she oversaw a $1 million budget for workforce development services in the region. As an active member of the Maryland Economic Development Association, Ms. Mears is engaged in statewide issues affecting infrastructure, jobs and industry.
She is a member of Leadership Maryland, a selected group of Maryland’s best and brightest leaders enlisted to create actionable, positive change in their communities, and she holds seats on several Boards of Directors including the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), the MEDA Foundation, Maryland Capital Enterprises, the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the Delmarva Water Transport Committee. Ms. Mears is also a Local Advisory Board member and Planning Council member for Wor-Wic Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing from Salisbury University.