Friday, December 26, 2014

TOP STORY >> Broker celebrates 30-year career

Leader staff writer

Jack Meadows, an executive broker at Doug Wilkinson Realty in Jacksonville, recently celebrated his 30th year with the company.

Meadows, 78, joined DWR in 1984 after a 25-year career in the Air Force and four years as a social worker.

Meadows said he was retired and looking for a job with a flexible schedule. He wanted something interesting and to work with people. He bought his first home from Doug Wilkinson.

“I do it because I love it,” Meadows said.

“In real estate, you have to know yourself. It is a people business,” he noted.

Meadows thought about starting his own realty company, but chose to be a broker with DWR rather than deal with learning all the regulations.

“I could be retired, but I love real estate,” Meadows said.

He also said he works to keep himself active. Meadows plans to continue his career in realty for a few more years.

“I help out other agents when I can,” he said.

Meadows earned an Graduate Realtor Institute designation from the National Association of Realtors. He also has a certified residential specialist designation.

He has been a member of the education and grievance committee and is a life member of the North Pulaski Board of Realtors.

Meadows was living in Jonesboro when he dropped out school after the eighth grade to care for his aging father, a World War I veteran, and help raise his three younger siblings after his parents divorced.

He joined the Air Force in 1954. Meadows was a mechanic, an instructor at the Air Force Leadership School and a senior Titan II missile program instructor.

Meadows earned his General Education Development certificate in 1957. He started taking college classes in 1965 and graduated from Louisiana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in social science in 1974. He earned a master’s degree in human relations from Webster University in 1976.

“I enjoy learning and teaching. My goal was to serve in the military and get all the educational experience that I could,” Meadows said.