Maui Meyer found Hood River in 1985 as part of the Windsurfing World Tour. He immediately fell in love with Hood River, and returned to live full time in 1991, after graduating from Cornell University, in Ithaca New York, where he studied food and beverage management, Finance, and Real Estate Development. More Less
"Post college, Hood River had a strong draw, and it literally came down to making a choice about love of a place over the ability to earn a living" says Meyer. "It was a great decision."
In 1991, Meyer opened the Sixth Street Bistro, and a few years later, with additional partners, began a construction company, Nisei, then Copper West, Oregon Growers and Shippers, and most recently, Celilo Restaurant and Bar. "Each of the Businesses focus on a small part of a successful small scale economy based on the Conservation model" Says Meyer. "Copper West isn't about Real Estate Sales as much as it's about being a trusted negotiator, and local "expert-advisor" to the process."
Meyer is a Hood River County Commissioner and is active in local and state politics, focusing on rural resource issues. He currently lives in downtown Hood River with his Wife Jan, Son Nathaniel and Daughters Julia and Emma.