In 1981, Rick and Judy Meer, alongside their three young sons, relocated from Cedarburg, Wisconsin to Roswell. As a second-generation electrician, Rick quickly secured a position with an electrical contracting firm in Atlanta. Meanwhile, Judy adeptly transitioned the boys into their new school environment and became actively involved in the community by joining a tennis team and the Roswell Junior Woman’s Club.
By 1984, fueled by ambition and entrepreneurial spirit, Rick and Judy founded their own electrical business, initially operating from their home. This arrangement allowed Judy to seamlessly balance business responsibilities with overseeing their expanding family.
While the Meers initially focused on new commercial construction projects, they soon discovered a passion for assisting both homeowners and businesses with their electrical necessities. As the years passed, their eldest son, Peter, took a keen interest in the family trade. Balancing his college education at Southern Polytechnical College, where he delved into the intricacies of electricity, with hands-on experience during the summers, Peter became an invaluable member of the team. He now holds the title of Vice President of Operations, testament to his dedication and expertise.
Meer Electric proudly offers an array of services, ranging from repairs, maintenance, and installation of outlets, switches, light fixtures, and ceiling fans to more intricate tasks such as generator setup and phone, cable, and computer installations. Their proficiency also extends to outdoor lighting design, installation, and repair. Notably, with their advanced equipment, they are skilled in underground directional boring. This technique enables them to set up underground wiring for various applications without the need to disrupt lawns, driveways, parking lots, or roads.
After 39 years, Rick and Judy Meer retired. Peter and Kelly Meer have transitioned into second generation owners of Meer Electric.
As the family-run Meer Electric business expanded, the emblematic “Meer Electric Man” became a frequent sight on trucks throughout town, symbolizing the family’s growing involvement in local affairs. Since 1992, Rick has been a dedicated member of the Roswell Rotary Club. Meanwhile, Judy has held leadership roles in the Canton Street Merchants Association and the Roswell Junior Woman’s Club. In addition, she has presided over the Roswell Historical Society, contributed to the Roswell Historic Preservation Commission, and served on the Board of The Friends of Barrington Hall.
Peter dedicated over two decades to the Roswell Fire Department, retiring with the rank of Captain in 2013. For 21 years, he served both as a firefighter and an EMT. His commitment to the community is mirrored by his wife, Kelly. As a proactive member of the Roswell Junior’s Woman’s Club, she initiated the Safety Town Program in partnership with the Roswell Recreation and Parks Department in 2004. This commendable initiative has educated more than 12,000 young children, aged 4 to 6, on the essentials of street safety, stranger danger, and the protective roles of policemen and firefighters. Part of the program’s success is attributed to interactive sessions where children engage directly with uniformed professionals from both the police and fire departments. Complementing their parents’ community involvement, Kelly’s daughters, Cierra and Anna Marie, have been active members of the National Charity League Organization since 2013.
Meer Electric has proudly partnered with esteemed programs like Habitat for Humanity and Homes for our Troops. Additionally, we’ve sponsored community pillars such as Roswell North Elementary Foundation, Roswell High School sports initiatives, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, North Fulton Charities, and Friends of Bulloch Hall, to name a few. “Our deep roots in the Roswell community, reflected in our support for the very schools our children and grandchildren attend, has enriched our lives immeasurably. To us, our customers are more than just clients; they’re our friends. Every opportunity we get to make a difference brings us closer to this community we cherish, giving us a profound sense of belonging,” shares Judy Meer.