LES ALLEN / Founder & Chairman
Over the past three decades Les has successfully developed dozens of cutting-edge projects in greater Vancouver and throughout the province of British Columbia. Les’ strength in real estate development draws on his strong background in finance, construction and land development. Les prides himself for taking on leading-edge projects and executing them with a creative and positive management style. Les is a graduate from the University of British Columbia with a diploma in Urban Land Economics.
KIRK ROMERO / CEO
Kirk has experience managing both large multi-national organizations and smaller entrepreneurial companies. His diverse experience comes from positions as Publisher of Homes & Land magazines and websites, Chief Operating Officer for Trader Corporation, V.P. Operations, North America for Trader Classified Media, Chief Accounting Officer for Trader Classified Media in Paris, France and roles of increasing responsibility in the Finance Division of The Coca-Cola Company in both Atlanta, Ga. and London, England. Kirk began his career as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand in Houston, Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
PIERRE WESSELS / VP Manufacturing
Pierre is the driving force behind the cutting-edge engineering and innovative modular construction methodology used in all Meridian projects. He has a diverse background in a variety of industries spanning 20+ years including modular manufacturing. Pierre has led numerous companies through the implementation of strategic engineering and lean manufacturing best practices. Pierre has an Operations Management degree with Honours from British Columbia Institute of Technology.
LESLIE JONES / Office Administrator
After graduating from Capilano University with a diploma in paralegal studies, Leslie worked for 15 years as a paralegal with a major Vancouver law firm. In 2001 she joined the Allen Group as Office Administrator and Executive Assistant to Mr. Allen. Leslie's work with the Allen Group includes the day-to-day management of two commercial properties and one multi-family property. Between 2005 and 2008 Leslie also assisted in the management and over-sight of the build out of a 42-lot cottage development on the Sunshine Coast. Leslie has now assumed the role of Office Administrator for Meridian Resource Accommodations. She is an avid reader and long distance runner – born and raised in Vancouver.
MARY MCLAUGHLIN / Finance and Accounting
Mary has 30+ years of experience in all aspects of bookkeeping, financial statement and tax return preparation. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, Mary spent five years with the Canada Revenue Agency before taking a position with a Certified Accountancy firm in Vancouver, BC. Mary now uses the deep knowledge gained from these positions to provide Meridian with a full range of finance and accounting services.