John Peck Jr. graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1966 with a BS in Business. He spent the next three years in the US Army as an ordinance officer stationed in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the States in 1969, he worked for RCA and Intel while pursuing an MBA at Depaul University. In 1976, John joined Meridian Leasing as employee number 5. In 1994, John (now CEO) and a Partner purchased Meridian Leasing and grew the company to 150 employees. John’s share was bought out in 1997 and he started investing in commercial real estate with an emphasis on large multifamily properties. Currently, John is doing less land development work and he believes that the “New Wave of the Future” lies within the biotechnology community. At present, he has invested in 7 Biotech firms.