The “firm” was started in 1969, when Bill Meikle, Dail’s father, retired from the Air Force. He was a pilot and flew fighters & bombers for 13 years, and although he loved flying, he was ready to begin the next chapter of his life. The family settled in Phoenix and Bill began working for New York Life Insurance Company, selling insurance. Bill had grown up in Winslow, Arizona, so made many trips there to work with his friends that still lived there. He also continued earning his Air Force pension by flying tankers for the Air National Guard.
During the early years, Bill had an associate that convinced him of the value of “buying term insurance and investing the difference”. He left New York Life and opened his own office, practicing what would eventually be called “financial planning”. “William D. Meikle & Associates” eventually settled on 23rd Avenue and Northern in Phoenix. Bill worked for many years with just one assistant. In 1983 Dail joined the firm, and over the years the firm grew.
In 1997 Bill retired from the business, and in 2001 Dail left the office on Northern and moved to the Deer Valley Financial Center on 19th Avenue and Williams. When he moved, he had an assistant, Diana Carriger, who was instrumental in the move and helped shape the firm in the first years after the move. In the years since, the firm has grown to 5 full-time and 2 part time employees. The firms serves over 600 households, many of which have become great friends in the years of association.