G. David Cheek
President | Co-Founder
Meridian specializes in value added acquisition, repositioning and development opportunities - originated, structured, capitalized and managed in-house.
Over its 24-year history, Meridian has acquired over 14 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and mixed-use space as well as over 800 acres for development - primarily in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This local focus, together with extensive industry experience and an unparalleled perspective, has resulted in Meridian's powerful record of value creation.
President | Co-Founder
David is President and Co-founder of Meridian and is responsible for the overall general management and corporate strategy of the firm. He serves as Chair of the Investment Committee. He also manages the development team and has managed the development of over 10 million square feet during his career. With over 35 years of experience, David began his career in 1979 in the real estate investment department at Prudential Insurance Company and worked in its Washington D.C. office for four years. He then managed the development of 3.5 million square feet of office for the Peterson Companies, a major Washington D.C. developer, for eight years. Prior to forming Meridian in 1993, David was Managing Director of the REO division at Riggs National Bank in Washington for two years where he managed and sold a $250 million real estate portfolio.
David received his B.A. from Centre College and M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He served on the board of trustees and executive committee of the Darden Foundation for six years and also served on the board of directors and executive committee of the University of Virginia Foundation for six years. In addition, David is a former president and chair of the board of a non-profit land conservation organization. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and NAIOP.
Executive Vice President |
Managing Director |
The Executive Vice President, Managing Director, and Co-founder of Meridian, Bruce is a member of the Investment Committee and is responsible for investment strategy, acquisitions, asset management, and dispositions. He has almost 30 years of commercial real estate experience and four years of investment banking experience, where he specialized in corporate finance and mortgage finance transactions involving investments totaling several billion dollars.
Bruce worked for two years as an Associate at Morgan Stanley Realty in Washington, DC before joining Riggs National Bank. As the Vice President of the REO division, he worked closely with David Cheek in handling the management, value creation, and disposition of a $250 million real estate portfolio. In 1993, he and David formed The Meridian Group. Bruce is also a CPA and previously worked in the tax department at Arthur Andersen in Washington, DC.
Bruce received his B.S. cum laude from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Partner | Chief Investment Officer
Gary is the Chief Investment Officer and a Partner of Meridian. Gary is responsible for acquisitions, capital activities and investor relations. He is also a member of the Investment Committee. Gary led the fundraising and investing efforts of Meridian Realty Partners I and II, Meridian’s discretionary private equity funds raised in 2012 and 2016. Between these two funds, Gary has completed in excess of $2.5 billion in investments with over $1 billion of equity in 15 transactions.
With almost 30 years of industry experience, Gary represented Meridian in its first three years of investments as a partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP in Washington, DC. He then headed up the Real Estate Fund’s Acquisitions Group as a partner at The Carlyle Group, where he led and completed over $12 billion of investments with $3.4 billion of equity in nearly 200 transactions. These included the acquisition, development, structured financing, and recapitalization of office, hotel, retail, residential, industrial, land, senior living, and mixed-use properties. He also led the firm’s efforts in the formation of Carlyle Realty Partners I, II, III, IV and V – an aggregate of over $5 billion in investor commitments – before joining The Meridian Group in November 2007.
Gary received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.
Tom focuses on development activities at Meridian, and has over ten years experience in development, asset management, and office investment. Formerly with JLL, he underwrote and marketed office assets as an associate with the firm's Chicago-based capital markets group. Before joining JLL, Tom was an associate with Clark Realty Capital, a diversified real estate development, construction, and investment company based in the Washington, DC area. There he was responsible for the design, development, construction, and asset management of Washington DC area assets. Tom is a LEED AP and received his B.A. from Harvard College and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Senior Fund Accountant
Taylar is responsible for fund management and financial reporting at Meridian. Prior to joining Meridian, Taylar was a Senior Accountant with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP as part of their tax and assurance group construction/real estate segment, where she was responsible for the tax reporting and compliance for a multitude of real estate and private equity clients. Taylar received her B.A. in Accounting from Lynchburg College and is an active CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Andrew is responsible for managing construction projects at Meridian. Prior to joining Meridian, he was a project manager at Davis, a highly regarded commercial general contractor in the Washington, DC area. Andrew has over 7 years of experience overseeing and managing a diverse portfolio of large construction projects. He received a B.S. in Building Construction with a concentration in Real Estate and Land Development from Virginia Tech.
KC is responsible for fund management and financial reporting at Meridian. She works closely with Meridian’s asset management group and property accounting team to monitor capital needs and compliance at the fund level.
Prior to joining Meridian, KC was a Senior Accountant with the Corporate Private Equity fund accounting team at the Carlyle Group, where she was responsible for the fund and investor level financial reporting for over $1 billion in assets under management in their Buyout and Financial Services funds. She began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, where she was involved in the audit of companies in the Technology and Mass Media industries. KC received her B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from the College of William and Mary.
Senior Vice President
Cassi is responsible for fund investor relations and company operations at Meridian. She manages all investor, marketing, and corporate communications, events, and special projects, and directs the internal organization and administration of the firm.
An integral part of the fundraising team for Meridian's initial fund, Cassi has over ten years of professional experience, eight of which are with Meridian. Prior to joining the firm, Cassi worked on Capitol Hill as an assistant to former U.S. Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University.
Director of Operations
With over 25 years of property management experience, Jim is responsible for the firm's property management, development, and capital projects. He has negotiated and managed vendor contracts, prepared annual budget and monthly variance reports, recommended and overseen capital improvements, communicated with tenant representatives, and reviewed and approved tenant construction.
Previously, Jim was a chief engineer for Beacon Management, where he was responsible for engineering the operations and tenant build-out of multiple buildings totaling over one million square feet, as well as managing the budgeting and oversight of $10 million in capital projects. Jim also worked on the due diligence team for Beacon Management and was involved in various projects throughout the country. Jim majored in business at BCCC and has multiple certificates in the mechanical field.
Adam is responsible for the accounting processes and financial reporting of the Meridian funds. He has six years of experience in accounting, tax, and finance. Prior to joining Meridian, Adam was a Senior Accountant with The Carlyle Group, a DC-based private equity firm, where he was involved in financial reporting and day-to-day operations of their Real Asset funds. Adam began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, auditing public and non-public companies. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Accounting and is a CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Caroline primarily focuses on the development projects at Meridian. Prior to joining The Meridian Group, Caroline was with Washington REIT, where she worked in office and retail asset management for portfolios across the D.C. metropolitan area. She also assisted in underwriting potential acquisitions and development opportunities. Caroline received a B.S. with honors in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University.
David is responsible for the firm's asset management, portfolio management, and development activities. He has 14 years of commercial real estate experience in acquisitions, development, asset management, and portfolio management. Prior to joining Meridian, David was a Senior Vice President with the JBG Companies, a DC-based private equity investor and developer, where he oversaw a portfolio of over three million square feet and worked on the development and repositioning of several large mixed-use properties. David received his B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and his M.B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Ajesh focuses primarily on financial analysis to support the acquisitions and asset management teams. Ajesh evaluates offerings currently in the market and monitors the performance of assets under Meridian's management.
Ajesh previously interned for Morgan Stanley’s Leveraged Finance Division, where he assisted in the execution of high-yield acquisition financings, recapitalizations and refinancings. Ajesh graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a double major in Finance and International Business
Senior Project Manager
Russell focuses on construction management and development activities at Meridian. He has over 18 years of commercial real estate experience in development, construction, and program management. Prior to joining the firm, Russell worked with several real estate and construction companies including VERSAR and JLL, where he was responsible for the design, development, and construction of more than 4 million square feet. Russell received his B.A. cum laude from Virginia Tech and his Master of City and Regional Planning from the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University.
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Mark is responsible for investor reporting and oversight of the accounting and finance function for the firm. He has over 13 years of experience in accounting, tax, and finance – working with foreign investors and large real estate, development, and private equity companies – with significant experience in commercial, retail, mixed-use, multi-family residential, student housing, low-income housing, and military housing.
Prior to joining Meridian, Mark was with Clark Realty Capital, a diversified real estate development, construction, and investment company based in the Washington, DC area. At Clark, he was responsible for the tax operations and asset performance of a multi-billion dollar real estate portfolio. Before joining Clark, Mark was a manager at both Ernst & Young and Deloitte, where he assisted foreign investors, real estate, and private equity clients with acquisitions, dispositions, tax structuring, and compliance-related matters.
Mark is a CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Masters of Accountancy from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary.
Lydia is responsible for the day-to-day accounts payable, accounts receivable, and cash management for Meridian. She has over 40 years of experience working as an accountant in the real estate industry, 17 of which have been with Meridian. Lydia holds a B.S. in Accounting from Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines.
Wil focuses on asset management at Meridian and has over 14 years of experience in commercial real estate including asset management, investment management, acquisitions, dispositions, and development. Prior to joining Meridian, Wil was with Monday Properties where he oversaw a portfolio of 11 properties totaling more than 3.5 million square feet and completed 10 transactions totaling $4.25 billion. Wil received his B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina.
Kyle focuses primarily on financial analysis to support the acquisitions and asset management platforms. Kyle evaluates offerings currently in the market and monitors the performance of assets under Meridian's management.
Previously, Kyle was an Associate with Cushman & Wakefield’s Washington, D.C. investment sales team where he underwrote and marketed more than $1 billion in commercial transactions across Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. Before Cushman & Wakefield, Kyle worked as an Analyst for J.P. Morgan Private Bank in New York City. Kyle received his B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and is a native of Philadelphia, PA.
Mike focuses primarily on financial analysis to support the acquisitions and asset management teams. Mike evaluates offerings currently in the market and monitors the performance of assets under Meridian's management.
Mike was previously with Wells Fargo’s Washington, D.C. commercial real estate team, where he assisted in the underwriting and origination of more than $400 million in commercial real estate debt transactions across the Mid-Atlantic. As a financial analyst, Mike managed a portfolio in excess of $900 million in loan commitments. Mike received his BA in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Virginia.
Morgan focuses on asset management and development activities at Meridian. Morgan has over 10 years of professional working experience spending six years working with real estate owners to identify opportunities to reduce operating expenses and increase property value through renovations and rehabilitations.
Prior to joining Meridian, Morgan was a Development Executive with Clark Energy Group, a Washington, D.C. area based energy service company, where she led business development, sales, and managed project execution for federal and multifamily clients. Morgan received her B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering with honors and received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She currently serves on the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors and is Chair-Elect for the Industrial & Systems Engineering Advisory Board.
Andrew focuses primarily on financial underwriting to support the acquisitions and asset management platforms. He evaluates offerings currently in the market and monitors the performance of assets under Meridian's management.
Andrew was previously with Cushman & Wakefield's Washington, DC investment sales team, where he was involved in more than $1 billion in commercial transactions within the DC metro area. As a financial analyst, he was responsible for property-level asset underwriting, creation of offering materials, and coordination of the sales process from marketing to close. He received his B.S. in International Economics from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University.
Senior Vice President
Jason is responsible for overseeing the firm’s construction activities. He has been in the design and construction industry for over 14 years in the Washington DC market. Prior to joining Meridian, Jason was with Hines Interests for almost 9 years, where he oversaw design and construction at CityCenterDC, a three million square foot premier mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Washington DC. Previously, Jason practiced architecture for several years in the Washington DC market. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona, a M.S. Architecture from M.I.T and a J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Jason is licensed to practice both architecture and law.
Director of Real Estate Accounting
Nelson is responsible for property level financial reporting, accounting processes, and compliance at Meridian. He works closely with Meridian's asset management group and fund accounting team to monitor the performance and manage the cash needs of each property.
Prior to joining Meridian, Nelson worked with both Clark and CohnReznick LLP. A CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia, he has over 16 years of experience in audit and accounting. Nelson received his B.S. in Accounting from Liberty University and a Masters in Real Estate Development from George Mason University.
Senior Vice President
Salem is responsible for acquisitions and investment activities for the firm. He has over a decade of professional experience in acquisitions, development, debt placement, and asset management.
Prior to joining Meridian, Salem underwrote senior mortgage investments in multi-family properties throughout the country at Beech Street Capital during its start-up phase. Previously, Salem spent four years as a financial analyst and associate with the JBG Companies, a DC-based private equity investor and developer, where he was responsible for the pursuit of commercial, residential, retail, and hotel acquisitions, as well as financial analysis for development and asset management initiatives within their portfolio.
Caroline is responsible for providing administrative support – assisting with marketing, communications, and coordinating information while supporting each member of the Meridian team. Caroline received her B.S. with honors in Retail Management from the University of South Carolina.
Patrick is part of the real estate accounting team and is responsible for tax compliance and accounting procedures at Meridian. He works closely with various teams including fund accounting, asset management, and acquisitions to structure and monitor assets throughout the Meridian portfolio and ensure that all tax compliance requirements are being met. He also identifies process improvements and creative solutions that enhance the accounting functions at Meridian.
Prior to joining Meridian, Patrick worked with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP as part of their tax and assurance group real estate segment. Patrick has a broad and deep tax background working across a multitude of real estate clients. Patrick graduated from Lycoming College with a dual B.A. in Accounting/Business Administration and is an active CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Fallon is responsible for providing executive level support to the Meridian team and helps with internal organization, scheduling and communications. Prior to joining Meridian, Fallon was a Senior Account Manager at a boutique marketing firm in Bethesda, Maryland. She received her B.A in History from the University of Maryland.
Bruce Lane and David Cheek meet working at Riggs Bank – together they dispose of a $250 million portfolio of 30 assets.
David Cheek and Bruce Lane form The Meridian Group.
Gary Block establishes a relationship with David Cheek and Bruce Lane while working as a partner at Vinson & Elkins.
Meridian closes its first deal – the Dulaney Center in Towson, Maryland.
Meridian purchases the Candler Building, the second largest office building in Baltimore, Maryland's central business district.
Meridian purchases the BMC complex in Bethesda, Maryland.
Meridian surpasses $1 billion on total capitalization of investments.
Gary Block joins Meridian.
Meridian successfully closes Fund I with $160.2 million of discretionary capital.
Meridian purchases Greensboro Station in Tysons, Virginia and raises approximately $50 million additional equity.
Meridian closes its first Washington, DC deal, Anthem Row and raises approximately $160 million additional equity.
Meridian expands and moves into new office space on the 14th floor of 3 Bethesda Metro Center.
Meridian closes on The Boro purchase of roughly 14 acres representing approximately 3.7 million of developable square feet.
Meridian successfully closes Fund II with $231.6 million of discretionary capital.
Founded in 1993, The Meridian Group takes its name from the word’s less-known definition – a period of continued success and prosperity. Meridian has lived up to this designation, primarily as a result of hiring talented individuals who share common goals and embrace a culture underpinned by three key core values – teamwork, collaboration, and transparency.
The Meridian Group enables its employees to reach success – both personally and professionally – by providing challenging work and opportunities for growth within an engaging, fast-paced environment. Meridian’s office was thoughtfully designed to foster dynamic collaboration and on-going success – providing spaces for great ideas to come to life.
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