brownbrandon_pbj Brandon Brown, reporter Phoenix Business Journal
Editor’s note: This is the first of five articles looking at the finalists of the Booming with Purpose contest.

When Les Meyers moved to the Phoenix area in 2000, he missed being involved in the community like he had been in northwest Indiana.

But today, Meyers, the winner of Experience Matter’s Booming with Purpose competition, is in contact with so many different area groups he has a hard time remembering all of them off the top of his head.

“I’m facilitating the creation of the White Tank Mountain Conservancy,” Meyers said. “I’m working with everyone involved in that mountain, in bringing them together.”

Meyers said he talks with all parties associated with the White Tanks, making sure the different projects can be completed while preserving the mountains and the animal and plant life that lives there. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Buckeye, DMB, Arizona State University and the Sonoran Institute are just some of the groups working in the White Tanks.

Meyers was presented as the winner at a luncheon hosted by Experience Matters Oct. 27 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Experience Matters is an organization that matches baby boomers with nonprofits based off their past experience. Meyers was matched to the White Tank Conservancy by Experience Matters.

“I knew I wanted to do something purposeful – I knew I had more in me,” Meyers said. “The conservancy wasn’t on my radar, but as soon as I heard about it, I knew that is what I wanted to do.”

Meyers, who had a long career in real estate in Indiana, said he has worked on projects similar to what he is doing with the White Tank Conservancy when he was a president of a chamber of commerce and working on an economic development commission.

“I have a lot of background in bringing teams together in order to finalize a project,” Meyers said. “My responsibility (here) is to contact every stakeholder that is involved in the surrounding properties of the White Tanks and any organization that is making an attempt to participate in the protection of the environment and habitat that is there.”

He said he would not be successful with the White Tank Conservancy without all of his past experiences.

“I guess it has always been in me,” Meyers said, “Since I was a member of the Audubon Society when I was 12-years-old.”