Meridian Celebrates Employee’s Hard Work With Annual Barbecue

On Friday, July 12, Meridian hosted a cookout in appreciation of all of its employees. The barbecue was held in three shifts so that everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the food and festivities.

To accommodate everyone, we had three shifts of grill-masters.

The barbecue featured all the traditional fare: burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, as well as potato salad, chips and other side dishes. Meridian CEO Ken Forester was present for every shift to ensure that he could personally thank everyone for their hard work. The company went as far as having two cakes so that each shift had the chance to enjoy a slice.

The BBQ was a fun day filled with food and music.

With almost 200 attendees, the day was a tremendous success. “It’s a great opportunity for everyone to take some time to relax and enjoy the day with their coworkers,” said Steve Chandoha, President of Meridian Teterboro. “This event gets better with every year, and we look forward to hosting it again next year.”

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Jeremy Ojerholm Joins Meridian Air Charter

Jeremy Ojerholm Joins Meridian Air Charter

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, is pleased to announce that Jeremy Ojerholm has joined its charter sales team as a Charter Sales Executive. Mr. Ojerholm will be based at the company’s newly opened sales office at Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Miami, FL. He will be responsible for growing the overall retail charter business as well as focus on business development in the South Florida market.

“We currently have charter sales offices in key areas of the country, including the West Coast and the Northeast Corridor, and the addition of a sales office in Florida is part of our growth strategy,” said Chris Battaglia, Meridian’s Director of Charter Sales. “Our enhanced presence in this major market area gives us more opportunities to reach new customers as well as serve our existing clients. Jeremy’s background and experience will be a great asset in our continued growth, and I am pleased to welcome him to our team.”

Mr. Ojerholm has worked in business aviation for over 17 years, and comes to Meridian with an extensive background in charter sales/operations, jet card membership programs, aircraft sourcing and scheduling, direct client and aircraft owner relations, and FBO services. He has prior experience with many well-known business aviation companies, including Bohlke International Airways, Alerion Aviation, M&N Aviation, Signature Flight Support, and Sentient Flight Group.

Prior to his tenure in aviation, Mr. Ojerholm worked at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts where he won many awards for Guest Services, including the coveted “Employee of the Year” award and Where magazine’s “Guest Ambassador of the Year” award for the City of Boston. Jeremy, who is originally from Boston, is an Honors Graduate of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. He currently resides in Miami and will work from Meridian’s new charter sales office located in Fontainebleau Aviation at Opa-Locka Executive Airport.

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Facility Maintenance Technician Petrika Robo Retires

Petrika Robo (center) is surrounded by colleagues at his retirement celebration.

Petrika Robo, Meridian’s longtime Facility Maintenance Technician, said his final goodbyes today to friends and colleagues before heading off to a well-deserved retirement after 11 fruitful years with the company.

Petrika has been an integral part of Meridian’s Building Maintenance team. He joined the company in 2007, moving east from Chicago. During his tenure, there were five members that worked in the department and, according to Petrika, their days and evenings were filled with a variety of big projects. The department is responsible for everything from the building exteriors to the hangar floors, which cover over 100,000 square feet!

Petrika is originally from Albania. He immigrated to the US in 1995 with his family, which includes his wife and two children. He said that he wanted his family to have more opportunities by coming here, and by all accounts he and his family have thrived. In fact, he recently celebrated the birth of his second grandchild. Petrika is very proud of his family, and was grateful that they had made the move with him to the US.

One of the things he liked most about working at Meridian was how well everyone gets along. “Meridian is also my family,” he says. “Working here was like being part of another family.”

The colorful retirement cake is looking quite delicious!

“Every day was different,” Petrika says, “with numerous projects and tasks in need of  completion. The winter was always the toughest time of year because we needed to make sure the ramp and other exterior areas were free of snow and kept as clear as possible, in addition to the department’s on-going responsibilities.”

Meridian works hard to ensure that the FBO and other parts of the Teterboro facility are always kept in excellent condition, and that employees and visitors alike feel comfortable here. The Building Maintenance team does an outstanding job in making sure that the facility operations at Teterboro run flawlessly each and every day. On his last day, Petrika expressed his gratitude for being part of this dedicated team and accomplishing everything they have done to make our facility shine.

We wish him all the best as he begins his well-earned retirement!

Colleagues from around the company gather together for some lunch while saying their goodbyes.

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