Founder & President
Gary L. Pinkston founded Meridian Pacific, Ltd. in 1988 as Principal Owner/President. Prior to the formation of Meridian Pacific, Ltd. Gary L. Pinkston was co-owner of The Walker Pinkston Companies. The Walker Pinkston Companies was a major design and building contractor that eventually evolved into one of the premier developers of neighborhood shopping centers throughout California. The firm developed some 55 shopping centers over a 10 year period.
From 1993 to 2009 Gary Pinkston was the financial advisor to the Hawaii Carpenters Union for all real estate matters. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. He is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the state of Hawaii and California, and also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Kansas State University.
Carol Brack has been with Meridian Pacific, Ltd. over the past 30 years. Carol was hired as Gary Pinkston’s Administrative Assistant for the Hawaii office in 1990. That position rapidly developed into her direct involvement in the acquisition and financing of several commercial and residential properties both on the mainland and in Hawaii, resulting in over $700,000,000 in funded transactions.
In 2002, Gary purchased Waipahu Town Center, a 154,410 sq. ft. shopping center located in Waipahu, Hawaii in which Carol became the Property Manager of, and eventually would lead her into the position as Executive Vice President. Her daily oversight of operations, leasing, accounting, maintenance, advertising and promotions kept her busy enough, but it was her countless hours of direct community involvement related to Waipahu Town Center, in which she was recognized and awarded two Proclamations from the Council of the City and County of Honolulu, and The House of Representatives – State of Hawaii.
In 2015, Carol and her husband of 34 years relocated to Tallahassee, Florida, where she continues to work remotely from home and is actively involved with the company’s current shopping center development projects on the Big Island of Hawaii, and other aspects of the company.
CFO / Director of Leasing
Tim is a proven Commercial Real Estate executive with over 25 years hands-on experience managing, leasing, buying, selling, financing and renovating shopping centers, office, medical buildings, mixed use and industrial properties. With strong communication and financial skills, he is adept at operations management and building cohesive management teams. He is experienced in direct and third party leasing and site selection, and holds a high standard of excellence and integrity in client, owner/partner and tenant relationships. Tim has received the ICSC’s CSM designation and has a BS Business Degree from National University.
VP of Lease Administration
Phil has been active in the retail real estate market since 1977. He was a Principal of and top performer with Charles Tingey Associates, where he leased over 7-million square feet of retail projects from Bakersfield to Modesto, and sold multiple shopping centers throughout Central California. This was followed by a 20-year stint with Zinkin Development, where his duties included project planning, entitlements, construction, leasing, and property management. During his time with Zinkin Development, Phil was involved in the construction and lease-up of a million square feet of retail space and a quarter-million square feet of Class A office space.
Phil attended California State University Long Beach and has taken many advanced real estate courses, including several at California State University Fresno. He is on the Board of Directors of the Central California Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Director of Sales & Marketing
A licensed real estate salesperson (known as “Kauai Josh”), Josh is a third generation Kauai resident. After graduating from Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, he returned to the island and founded and sold his first business, Kauai Coasters, a downhill bike tour from Waimea Canyon. Josh then spent 8 years in sales for the Marriott and Hilton hotels. In 2007, Josh founded Kauai Exclusive Realty & Management. Kauai Exclusive grew into one of Kauai’s most successful management companies, hosting thousands of island visitors, protected 100+ million dollars in vacation rental assets, invented a virtual front desk software application called RentalHost, trained rental agents to be “ambassadors of Aloha”, managed teams of real estate agents, while assisting home buyers and sellers.
Josh joined Meridian Pacific in 2022 to become part of the management team for the Kauai residential projects. Josh brings to the company over 25 years of experience in real estate and property management services, a mastery of the island’s unique zoning laws, and an abiding love and care for Kauai and its community.
VP Constructions – Kauai
Born in Honolulu and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Mike Mitchener has been building since he was big enough to swing a hammer. A second-generation carpenter, his father put him to work at the age of 13. In his early career, Mike cut his teeth on the construction of high-end homes along the Kohala and Hamakua Coasts of the Big Island. He first ventured into commercial construction in 2014 with Heartwood Pacific, for the construction of the St. Michael’s Church in Kailua, Kona. Late in 2015 he was given an opportunity at one of the largest contracting firms in the state as a Project Engineer. His combination of natural leadership skills, construction knowledge and high-level computer and communication skills made him a natural fit for management. Having contributed to a handful of high-profile projects with great success, Mike found himself running his own projects after just over a year.
One of those projects happened to be Malama Market in Pahoa, the notably successful and award-winning anchor of the now bustling Puna Kai Shopping Center, where Mike and Meridian Pacific would first cross paths. After 6 years at Nan, Inc. Mike’s plans to become a residential contractor were cut short by an offer to run projects at Meridian. Mike found himself on a plane and when he landed, he was Project Manager for everything Meridian had going on Kauai. Now VP of construction on Kauai, Mike’s purpose is to develop and maintain positive working relationships with all entities, construction, community, and government, while utilizing the vast pool of talent, knowledge and experience that Hawaii has to offer, to guide all ongoing and future projects to success.
Debbie Jirasek joined Meridian Pacific, Ltd., in July 2016 bringing over 12 years of commercial property management experience in the self storage, residential and commercial building sectors. As the general and operations manager for a regional self storage management company, her achievements included the acquisition of 10 third-party management contracts adding $5.5 million in gross revenue that increased company income by 86%.
Debbie’s extensive business background includes 10 years in the sales and distribution of licensed sports accessories and 4 years in the finance and development division of Summerfield Suites Hotels. Her career background also includes administration, marketing and operations experience with start ups to Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, Mitsubishi Electric Sales, and Rockefeller & Associates.
Jim Wilson joined Meridian Pacific, Ltd. in 2019 as Project Controller of the property developments on the Big Island of Hawaii. Jim brought with him years of experience in construction accounting, having worked with civil and building contractors.
Jim has extensive knowledge in the banking, insurance, and budgeting requirements needed to manage successful project developments. Jim’s approach is hands-on, with field operations from subcontractors through suppliers.
Jim received his BS – Accounting from the University of Illinois, and has previously been a licensed CPA in the states of Illinois, Virginia, Oregon, and Washington.
Born in Colorado and raised on California’s Mendocino Coast. Scott began his construction career out of high school with Sebastopol Ready Mix in 1986 as a cement finisher/foreman.
With a leap of faith, Scott relocated his wife and three children to the Big Island of Hawaii in 1993. He was employed by Willocks Construction for 17 years in various positions including grade setter, foreman, superintendent, and Vice President of Estimating and Engineering. He obtained his General Contractors license in 2004. After leaving Willocks, he worked with Mike Singer at Heartwood Pacific for 3 years, then joined Meridian Pacific, Ltd. – Hawaii Division in 2017 as RME (Responsible Managing Employee), bringing his strong background and skill set of handling major construction phases of the new 9-acre Puna Kai Shopping Center and 40-acre Waikoloa Plaza projects. Scott resides in Waikoloa with his wife Judy.