Executive Team
Kenneth Forester Kenneth Forester, CEO
Ken is owner and CEO of Meridian, and son of Ken Forester, Sr., founding father of today's Meridian. Ken has over forty years of experience in the aviation industry. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and served in the U.S. Air Force flying the F102. After the military, he later joined his father's company at Teterboro Airport. Ken honors his father's legacy by continuing to grow the company from its aircraft maintenance roots into a full-service private aviation company.
Steve Chandoha Steve Chandoha, President of Meridian Teterboro
Steve started his career with Meridian in 1988 after earning his MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He began his tenure as Flight School Manager and progressed to General Manager, Vice President and currently holds the office of President of Meridian Teterboro.
Dennis O'Connell Dennis O'Connell, President of Meridian Air Charter
Started with Meridian in 1984. Graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Background in FBO management, flight training, aviation maintenance and flight operations. Type rated in the Gulfstream II/III/IV, Cessna Citation, and currently qualified in the Gulfstream GIV. Responsible for Air Charter, Aircraft Management, and Aircraft Maintenance operations.
John Langschultz John Langschultz, VP of Meridian Jet Center
John has served the aviation industry for over thirty years. He has been with Meridian since 1995, when he started as the facility manager. John graduated from Teterboro School of Aeronautics and serves on the board of the local PAMA chapter at Teterboro, of which he is also a member.
Aida Libiran Aida Libiran, VP of Accounting
Aida began her career with Meridian in 1985 as bookkeeper. In 2002 she was promoted to Vice President of Accounting. Aida earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of the East (Philippines) with a major in Accounting.
Mike Moore Michael Moore, VP of Aviation Sales
Michael joined Meridian in 2008. Michael's career in aviation started in 1992 with a concentration in charter sales that advanced to aircraft management, sales and acquisitions. Mike is a pilot and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Betsy Wines Betsy Wines, VP of Customer Service & Human Resources
Betsy started her career at Meridian in 1985 as a flight school dispatcher and was promoted to Customer Service manager shortly thereafter. Since then, she has risen to become the Vice President of Customer Service & Human Resources. She is currently an FBO Advisor to the CAA Board. Betsy has been recognized as the #1 CSR by the Professional Pilot PRASE survey 16 times.
Chris Battaglia Chris Battaglia, Director of Charter Sales
Chris is a charter sales executive with 13 years of aviation experience and is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He began his aviation career in 2002 with TAG Aviation starting as a Charter Services Representative. In 2009, he continued his career at TWC Aviation, where he was promoted to VP of Charter Sales. Chris started with Meridian in August 2015, and is responsible for managing the long-term sales strategy and the daily operations of the Charter Sales team.
Emil Iannone Emil Iannone, Director of Operations
Emil was previously with Meridian for over ten years before rejoining as Director of Operations. Emil started flying in the mid-1980s at TEB before attending American Flyers Academy. After graduating and earning his CFI, he returned to Meridian as an instructor pilot, moving up the ranks to Chief Pilot. In 1994, Emil was promoted to Director of Operations. He is type rated in a wide variety of aircraft, including Gulfstreams, Learjets and Cessna Citations.
Per Karlsson Per Karlsson, Director of Maintenance - Meridian Jet Center
Per has been with Meridian since 1999. Throughout his career Per has worked with a range of aircraft as an aircraft technician, lead technician, and Meridian Jet Center’s Crew Chief. He was trained and educated in Sweden, Canada, and the US. He is an experienced flight instructor.
Lou Ramm Lou Ramm, Director of Quality Assurance - Meridian Air Charter
Lou has served the aviation industry for over thirty years, his experience has included both fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft in general aviation, corporate, and charter. For ten of those years, Lou served in Army Aviation as a Crew Chief / DS Maintenance Platoon Supervisor. He currently holds FAA Inspection Authorization.
Robert Santangelo Robert Santangelo, Director of Maintenance - Meridian Air Charter
Robert’s aviation career started in 1989 during his enlistment in the US Navy performing the duties of a helicopter electrical technician. After the military, he attended the Teterboro School of Aeronautics while working as a line serviceman and technician at a local flight school. Robert joined Meridian in 1997, initially as a technician in the repair station, and then as Charter Department Lead Technician. In 2000, he assumed the role of Director of Maintenance.