Meridian Congratulates Raffle Winners at NBAA2016

The winners of the Meridian raffle proudly display their prizes after the drawing.  (l to r): Kirk Stephen, Jamie Santiago, Debi Carpenter, Ron Muller, Mike Moore, and MaKayla Hambek.

The winners of the Meridian raffle proudly display their prizes after the drawing. (l to r): Kirk Stephen, Jamie Santiago, Debi Carpenter, Ron Muller, Mike Moore, and MaKayla Hambek.

The Meridian team congratulates the winners of our big Amazon Gift Card raffle held at our exhibit last week during the 2016 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, FL.

The raffle winners were as follows:

1. $500 Grand Prize Winner was Ron Muller, VP of National Sales at KeyAir
2. $200 Second Place Winner was Jamie Santiago, Chief Brand Manager at Business Jet Center
3. $100 Third Place Winner was Debi Carpenter, Director of Marketing at SoCal Jets

To see the video of the drawing recorded on Facebook Live, go to our Facebook page at Meridian’s Facebook Page

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated! We wanted everyone to walk away a winner, so we also handed out Meridian Hayward t-shirts to the large crowd to help celebrate the opening of our new FBO at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) in Hayward, CA.

We look forward to seeing you again at the next show!

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Meridian Announces Hayward Opening at NBAA2016

Meridian was well-represented at the 2016 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, FL.  This year the focus was the opening of Meridian Hayward, the company's new FBO on the West Coast.

Meridian was well-represented at the 2016 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, FL. This year the focus was the opening of Meridian Hayward, the company’s new FBO on the West Coast.

Last week, Meridian was well-represented at the 2016 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, FL. Meridian, headquartered at Teterboro Airport (TEB), was proud to participate in the largest business aviation event of the year by sending a team of 13 associates to represent the company at its 400 sq. ft. exhibit to welcome customers, prospects, visitors, and friends. NBAA-BACE is held annually by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). NBAA’s 2016 convention took place from Nov. 1-3 at the Orange County Convention Center, and at Orlando Executive Airport (ORL).

This year’s convention was particularly important for the NJ-based aviation company because it recently opened a new FBO and hangar on the West Coast. The company took the opportunity of being in front of industry peers to announce that Meridian Hayward is now open for business at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) in Hayward, CA. In addition to press coverage in the convention dailies and print advertisements in major industry publications, the company also held an exciting and well-attended raffle at its booth to help generate the buzz behind Hayward. In addition, Meridian HWD t-shirts were given out to 150 lucky recipients.

The new facility features the services and amenities that discerning passengers and flight crews should expect to find when traveling through a Meridian FBO, including professionally-trained customer service and line service teams, an elegant main lobby, business center, conference room, pilot briefing area, pilot lounge, coffee bar, kitchen/catering area, sleep room, shower and locker room, rental cars, and crew cars.

EPIC Fuels, a leading fuel supplier in the general and commercial aviation industries, is the branded fuel supplier for Meridian Hayward. The company offers the highest quality jet and avgas, and the EPIC card is proudly accepted at this location.

A great location for business and charter aircraft, Meridian Hayward is located at an airport with no curfew and, like Teterboro, is a General Aviation-specific airport, with no commercial airline traffic. This initial opening features a newly constructed 6,300 square foot terminal with support offices, a 30,000 square foot hanger and 3.5 acres of ramp area.

Additional phases of construction are planned, and will include a second 12,000 square foot terminal, two 40,000 square foot hangers and an additional seven acres of ramp space. The facility will serve as a West Coast base for Meridian Air Charter and Meridian Aircraft Management. Aircraft maintenance support is also available.

While the FBO is now officially operational, Meridian Hayward will be celebrating its Grand Opening on December 15, 2016.

Ken Forester, CEO, was at the event and had this to say, “We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the opening of our new FBO, Meridian Hayward, at this year’s NBAA Convention. We are now pumping fuel and ready to serve our customers at Hayward Executive Airport. Our team is excited to share this news with our aviation partners and friends in the industry, and we hope they will help us to spread the word that we have a new location in the San Francisco Bay area. The genesis of this project began four years ago, and now it’s no longer a vision, but a reality. Hayward is the keystone of our long-term growth strategy, which also includes a new hangar project happening in Teterboro, and the continued expansion of our charter fleet.”

NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition is the country’s sixth-largest trade show, and the largest in the world focused on business aviation. Next year’s convention will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, from October 10-12, 2017.

Meridian's exhibit was among 1,100+ exhibitors at NBAA2016 in Orlando, FL.  The booth is 15' tall, covers 400 sq ft of floor space, has a reception counter, two kiosks with monitors, and a large conference room.

Meridian’s exhibit was among 1,100+ exhibitors at NBAA2016 in Orlando, FL. The booth is 15′ tall, covers 400 sq ft of floor space, has a reception counter, two kiosks with monitors, and a large conference room.

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Meridian Tops Last Year’s Donations to Bag-A-Lunch Program

Bag A Lunch Help A Bunch

October is the time of year for the annual “Bag a Lunch, Help a Bunch” campaign, sponsored by Table to Table. Meridian is a proud supporter of Table to Table, a community-based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations serving the hungry in Northern New Jersey. During the Bag-A-Lunch campaign, we ask Meridian employees to donate what they would normally spend on lunch for a day. Donating to the campaign is voluntary and the donation amounts are of each individual’s choosing. After the donations are tallied at the end of the program, the company donates a matching gift at 100%, effectively doubling the contribution.

The program, which ended on Wednesday, October 19, resulted in $810 of Meridian employee contributions. With company matching added to that amount, the total donations from Meridian brought the final tally to $1,620, surpassing last year’s contribution level. Kelly Manzo, HR Assistant, was the Meridian Team Captain, responsible for promoting the program at the company and coordinating with her counterparts at Table to Table. Ms. Manzo says, “The Bag-A-Lunch program is a great way for employees to help others in our local communities who are less fortunate. By donating what we would normally spend on lunch, each person’s individual contribution will double with the gift matching program, and ultimately have a much greater impact on those who need it most.” To help raise awareness of the campaign, donation bags were placed in several locations throughout the FBO, including the Break Room, Line Service, Jet Center, and Charter areas.

Did you know….

• 1 in 4 New Jersey residents do not earn enough to afford the basic necessities of food and housing.
• 1 in 5 children do not know where their next meal will come from
• This year, Table to Table will deliver 15 million fresh, nutritious meals (free of charge) to our hungry neighbors in Northeastern NJ.
• Last year, the success of the Bag a Lunch Initiative enabled Table to Table to deliver 3,000,000 of those meals!

Every day Table to Table picks up fresh, wholesome food that otherwise would have been discarded, and delivers it safely to non-profit organizations such as soup kitchens, homeless shelters and centers, programs for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, and programs that assist the working poor that serve meals to the hungry in Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Essex counties. With five refrigerated vehicles and dedicated drivers, Table to Table picks up food from a wide range of food establishments each day. This food is delivered on the day it is donated, avoiding the need for warehouse facilities and keeping Table To Table’s costs limited to the operation of the vehicles.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit: www.tabletotable.org

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