Meridian Named #1 FBO in Northeast and at Teterboro Airport in 2017 FBO Surveys

The Meridian Teterboro staff is honored by the 2017 FBO survey results.

The Meridian Teterboro staff is honored by the 2017 FBO survey results.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, is pleased to announce that its Fixed Base Operation (FBO) in Teterboro has again been voted the top FBO in the Northeast by readers of Aviation International News (AIN) and by registered members of FltPlan.com in their 2017 FBO surveys. Readers of Professional Pilot (ProPilot) again recognized two of our customer service representatives among the top four in the nation in its annual PRASE Survey. Meridian was also voted the #1 FBO at Teterboro Airport in all three surveys. These industry surveys are well-respected and the entire staff is honored to be recognized for its exceptional service.

Meridian was voted in the top 10% of all US FBOs in the AIN survey, while FltPlan.com’s Pilots’ Choice Awards rated Meridian #8 among its Top 50 US FBOs. ProPilot readers ranked Meridian among the top 20 Best US FBOs. The AIN and ProPilot surveys also measure individual customer service, and the company is proud to say that both Betsy Wines and Victor Seda continue to be recognized for their outstanding efforts. AIN recognized Betsy Wines for going ‘Above & Beyond’, while ProPilot had both Wines and Seda ranked #1 and #3 respectively in the Best CSR category. This is the 17th time that Betsy has been voted Best CSR by ProPilot readers, and 2017 marks the 11th year in a row that Betsy and Victor have been together in the Top 5 of the category.

Steve Chandoha, Meridian Teterboro President, credits his team as the main reason for the continuing high marks the company receives. “Our entire FBO team, from Security to Customer Service to Line Service, understands that we must treat our customers as individuals. Betsy and Victor continuously demonstrate these values with their work ethic and attention to detail. I am very proud of them, and the entire staff of Meridian Teterboro.”

“Exceptional service is the cornerstone of our corporate culture here at Meridian, and we are very pleased that our customers and colleagues see and appreciate that commitment,” said Betsy Wines, Vice President of Customer Service & Human Resources. “We are honored that they have named us the top FBO at the airport, as well as recognizing us as one of the leading FBOs nationwide.”

Ken Forester, Meridian CEO, summed up his appreciation of these survey results by saying, “I am proud of the entire team that works to exceed expectations every day. It is important to us that every pilot and passenger feels welcomed and valued when they arrive at Meridian. We understand that customers have choices when they fly into Teterboro, and we truly appreciate their business.”

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Meridian Hosts 9th Annual Hayward Hero Awards Dinner

The Meridian Hayward hangar is filled with over 600 attendees for the 9th Annual Hero Awards Dinner organized by the Hayward Education Foundation.

The Meridian Hayward hangar is filled with over 600 attendees for the 9th Annual Hero Awards Dinner organized by the Hayward Education Foundation.

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, Meridian Hayward proudly hosted the 9th Annual Hero Awards Dinner in its new 30,000 sq. ft. hangar. The event was organized by the Hayward Education Foundation located in Hayward, CA. The Hayward Education Foundation launched the HEROES campaign in 2008 to acknowledge those who believe that children deserve the best education possible. Today, the organization’s everyday activities are building their future – Hayward Heroes are investing in their future.

Each year, the Hayward Education Foundation asks all schools in the Hayward community to choose a ‘hero’, someone in the school who has gone above and beyond his or her usual duties to serve the school. A ‘hero’ may be a volunteer, parent, custodian, office worker, parent, teacher, or anyone who the school community feels should be recognized for his or her commitment to the students and school in general.

The ‘hero dinner’ was the idea of community member and local philanthropist, George Pacheco, who had gathered support for the dinner during HEF’s annual fundraiser. In 2009, the first awards ceremony was celebrated with a small intimate gathering for lunch. The event has since evolved into a grand celebration growing every year in both attendance and number of heroes honored.

The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by welcome remarks from Rick Bartholomew (HEF Board President), Matt Wayne (Master of Ceremonies), and Mayor Barbara Halliday (City of Hayward). A dinner then followed with remarks from Community Heroes, then the Award Ceremony itself, and concluded with the announcement of auction winners. Total attendance was estimated to be over 600 people.

Carlos Rodriguez, Operations Manager for Meridian Hayward, had this to say, “We were honored that the Hayward Education Foundation had asked us to host their annual Awards Dinner at our facility. It is truly a great organization for honoring those individuals who make a positive impact in our communities by going above and beyond for the students and schools. We are proud to support this worthy cause and to be able to give back to Hayward and the local community.”

For more information about the Hayward Education Foundation and the Heroes Award Dinner, go to www.haywarded.org

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Meridian Sponsors West Coast Flight Safety Golf Tournament

The Meridian Team at the West Coast Flight Safety Golf Tournament, held at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, CA.  (l to r): Mike Moore, MaKayla Hambek, and Greg Johnson.

The Meridian Team at the West Coast Flight Safety Golf Tournament, held at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, CA. (l to r): Mike Moore, MaKayla Hambek, and Greg Johnson.

This year the 19th Annual West Coast Flight Safety Golf Tournament was held on Monday, April 17th at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, CA. The tournament consisted of an 18 hole scramble with a shotgun tee off and almost 200 registered golfers. Beautiful 75 degree weather contributed to it being a great day on the golf course.

Meridian was a proud sponsor of the Driving Range. In addition, we also had a branded sponsorship table near the clubhouse where Mike Moore and MaKayla Hambek greeted golfers throughout the tournament. Giveaways included Gatorade, snacks, and sunscreen, as well as Meridian’s famous jet comparison guides. Greg Johnson played a competitive round in the tournament with industry colleagues.

A delicious dinner followed the event which included an award ceremony for various competitions held throughout the tournament. There were many contests, including closest to the pin, longest drive, and best overall score. Among the various prizes handed out, Greg Johnson won a G600 model aircraft and Meridian was awarded a sponsorship trophy for its ongoing support.

The East Coast Flight Safety Golf Tournament will be held on June 26, 2017 at the Centennial Golf Club in Carmel, NY. Meridian will be proudly sponsoring a hole at this event, and we will also be sending a foursome to play. We hope to see you there!

Meridian is well-represented at the Flight Safety Golf Tournament.

Meridian is well-represented at the Flight Safety Golf Tournament.

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