President & Founder
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 Moody has held the position of CFO/Director of Leasing with Meridian Pacific, LTD since 2013. Formerly Director of Asset Management with RP Realty in Los Angeles, he started in the industry with Hahn/Trizec in San Diego during the Mall heydays.
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.
Lou Lebeau joined Meridian Pacific, Ltd. in 2016, bringing with him a comprehensive knowledge of property management and unparalleled operational leadership expertise.
As a real estate investor himself with over 15 years of experience in the industry, Lou understands what it take to own and manage investment properties. Knowing how and what an owner thinks is crucial. Understanding the outcome of financial decisions and the effects of those decisions on the bottom line, that’s what separates the proactive managers from the complacent. Lou has received IREM’s CPM designation – the most distinguished designation in the property & asset management industry. Lou received CPM of the year, an award given to 1% of the 9,000 members. Lou also holds a CCRM designation from CAA-SF, specializing in Apartment housing and Tenant/Landlord Law.
Full-Charge Bookkeeper/Corporate Manager
As Full-Charge Bookkeeper/Corporate Manager, Cindy Wilson oversees cash management, corporate management, and all aspects of professional bookkeeping for Meridian Pacific, Ltd.
Cindy started out as an International Banker for Security Pacific Bank, San Francisco at 19, and continued her bank operations trajectory with Australia's Westpac Banking Corporation, first in San Francisco and then in Sydney, from 1980-1990, culminating in foreign exchange dealing, both on the floor and as a corporate dealer, before "retiring" to raise her two children. After years of expanding her knowledge through volunteer work and continued education related to bookkeeping, she started her bookkeeping business in 2006, working with various clients. In June 2012, she took on Meridian Pacific Ltd., she thought, as a part-time client, but that immediately grew to full immersion in all aspects of the company over the last eight years.
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.
Vice President of Construction
A self-employed General and Millwork Contractor since 2011, Colin joined Meridian Pacific, Ltd. in 2017 with 22 years of experience in the construction industry. As Vice President of Construction, he is responsible for overseeing and executing all aspects of design and construction.
Colin holds an AA/AS in Carpentry Technology and is a member of both the Hawaii Island Contractors Association and the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. His professional accomplishments include being published in Building Industry Hawaii Magazine and being invited to speak at the Hawaii Community College 50 year Model Home Anniversary.
Raised in Hilo, Hawaii, Colin resides in Waikoloa, Hawaii, with his wife Sammie, and children Adriana and Rockie.