As for bouncing back, her folks had owned a steel company back when Jessica was coming of age, in the nineties. Cassie had been CEO. (Jessica says in an aside, “She wore fabulous suits. I used to sneak in to her closet and steal them to wear to school.”) Gregg was COO. However, that was a terrible time to be in the steel business: it was in the 1990s that Asian nations, particularly China, decided to make enormous government investments in steel production, ultimately taking over the majority of the world’s steel production. The Meyers’ steel company wasn’t spared, but, Jessica explained, her folks’ entrepreneurial spirit showed through: “My dad designed an electric vehicle meant for places with vacation resorts. They’d been using 2-seater versions to rent to people, but those weren’t big enough for a whole family. So he designed one with room for the kids. So they shifted gears and went into the electric vehicle business, not only retaining their staff but keeping a small business running in Oklahoma.”
Late last year, Jessica came from her home in Oklahoma to visit her folks at Silveridge. It was during her visit that her dad got Covid, then her mom, and then Jessica. That experience, especially watching her parents deal with illness, made her realize that she wanted to live closer: “Watching that, I realized that we needed to find me a place to live nearby. I started looking at condos and apartments. Then, the place right next door to my parents came up for sale. It felt almost divinely driven. So naturally, I bought it, went home, packed up, and moved in May 1st.” And so Silveridge added one of its newest residents.
THE ONLY GIRL ON THE TEAM
But let’s back up and fill in some background on Jessica’s life and career before coming to Silveridge.