Trendsetter to Know: Johnathan Meade, Chief Operating Officer at Meade Engineering

Name: Johnathan Meade


Title: Chief Operating Officer

Married/Single: Married

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes… a lot of variety. I set out every day with a plan of what I intend to accomplish. However, every day brings something new or unexpected. It keeps me on my toes.

I was born… in Phoenix and into an amazing family.

My favorite thing about Arizona…is the business community. Meade Engineering works with a lot of different companies in the Valley and we have established strong long-term partnerships. We look out for each other and grow together. I’m fortunate to be a part of it.

I’m listening to… three audiobooks currently: The Talent Code, The Boutique, and CEO Excellence.

My family… is the foundation my life is built on. I’m fortunate to be part of a big family that’s so diverse. There are consistent themes that exist among us, but everyone is also unique. It keeps things interesting for sure.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… My grandfather. He passed away when I was a year old, and I didn’t get a chance to know him directly. He was a 747 Captain for a major commercial airline and an acrobatics instructor. Given my passion for aviation, it would’ve been amazing to have his influence throughout my life. 

One thing I cannot live without… a thrill! I am an adventure seeker and that’s what helps keep me excited about life. 

When I was younger, I wanted to be… a fighter jet pilot

I’m inspired by… innovation. I enjoy the journey that innovation offers as much as the outcome. The perpetual pursuit of perfection is something that gets me going every single day. 

The person/people who motivate(s) me is/are… My team, my family and friends are all motivational in my life. Outside of that, I absolutely have been motivated by Jocko Willink. 

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… I’d add an hour or two to each day. 

The perfect day would be… the perfect day is a day that makes progress towards our biggest life goals. 

My first job was… At Meade Engineering!

My favorite escape… the beach. Or something connected to nature. The combination of nature and exercise brings me happiness and peace.

My life… has included so many meaningful experiences that define who I am today. Up until this point in time, I look back at my life and my purpose continues to be refined and clearer. I am a believer that everything happens for a reason, and we must make a conscious effort to reflect on the experiences we have- good, bad, or indifferent.   

I’m currently working on… my family, my health, my business, and my pilot’s license. 

Always… listen to your intuition. If your gut is speaking to you, chances are there is truth in that feeling. Find that truth. 

Never… underestimate what you are capable of accomplishing. The belief that it can happen is half the battle. 

Favorite Quote… ”Success is never final, and failure is never fatal”

Biggest Dream… is to have a truly positive impact on society at a global scale.

My Pet Peeve(s)… problems without an effort to seek solutions. 

Bio-on yourself/company: Arizona native Johnathan Meade, MBA, COO of Meade Engineering in Phoenix, carries extensive corporate finance, strategy development, digital product management and early set, hands-on industry experience under his father, Meade Engineering’s original owner. Initially drawn to economics at Arizona State University, he redirected his educational path to business and finance. Johnathan then achieved his MBA at Pepperdine and began his journey through the corporate realm. Johnathan honed his financial expertise during a tenure at Charles Schwab, where he played a pivotal role in an internal team of consultants advising on Charles Schwab’s strategic initiatives. His leadership and strategic prowess earned him recognition as an innovator within the company. In 2022, Johnathan Meade decided to return to his roots at Meade Engineering. Since then, he has assembled a team of highly experienced professionals dedicated to crafting cutting-edge designs for electrical infrastructure. These innovations provide critical electricity solutions to mission-critical facilities nationwide, solidifying Johnathan’s position as a leader in the field.

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