Meridian Recognizes Carlos Rodriguez for His Outstanding Work

Ken and Susan Forester with Carlos Rodriguez at Skywest Golf Course

Ken and Susan Forester with Carlos Rodriguez at SkyWest Golf Course

This past week a luncheon was organized by Ken and Susan Forester to recognize Carlos Rodriguez for his incredible work ethic as an employee. Carlos currently serves as Operations Manager for Meridian Hayward, our newest FBO in Northern California. As the Operations Manager in Hayward, Carlos is responsible for overseeing and managing the line and customer service staff, including daily operations, training, performance, employee relation issues, interviewing, scheduling, and attendance.

Mr. Rodriguez began his career at the company in 2002 when it was known as Million Air Teterboro. Through hard work and determination Carlos eventually became our Training & Safety Coordinator. In 2015, when Meridian had decided to expand its operations to Hayward, it needed a motivated leader to head its operations and get things off the ground. Because Carlos had excelled in his role as a Training & Safety Coordinator, and his interest in moving West, Meridian promoted him to Operations Manager.

While Carlos was excited to receive this honor, he wanted to make sure that the credit for his work and Meridian Hayward’s success was shared with his fellow employees. He humbly said, “Thank you to the entire Meridian staff for the continued support. I appreciate the recognition, but the credit must go to the staff and the rest of the Meridian Team. I wouldn’t be able to do it without the team. From Ken working the phones and being on call on the weekends during his stay out west, Susan running around taking care of our purchasing needs, Camacho and Ines coming out for support, to the staff here picking up extra shifts and training new employees. Steve and Betsy for their invaluable guidance.  It is a total group effort to make the operation seamless. It is truly my pleasure to work side by side with the most extraordinary team in the industry.”

We at Meridian are very proud of Carlos and his accomplishments!

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Meridian Sponsors Team for 20th Annual Teterboro 5K

The Meridian 5K Team poses for a shot before the big race.

The Meridian 5K Team poses for a shot before the big race.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, proudly sent a team of 8 runners to the 20th Annual Teterboro 5K. This year, the “must-run” summer event attracted nearly 1,000 participants as well as hundreds of volunteers and spectators. The USTFA-sanctioned course offers athletes a unique experience of being able to run on one of the busiest general aviation runways in the country. With the New York Skyline and dozens of private aircraft in the background, runners we’re tasked with a flat course that consisted of 5 turns, 2 water breaks, and mile clocks. While the course itself may not seem challenging to a seasoned runner, the summer heat reflecting from the sun-drenched tarmac is often the biggest challenge.

Team Meridian had an impressive performance this year and ended up placing 3rd overall in the team results! These results are calculated by using the top 3 running times from each team. Our final team score was 1.21.26 and our average finish time was 27.08.94. Below are the full results of all of our team members:

Peter Tomaszewski 23:45.63* (96th Overall)
Justin Schiraldi 26:14.32* (168th Overall)
Rachel Pennington 31:26.87* (300th Overall)
Kanhai Nelson 32:20.35 (318th Overall)
George Remache 33:02.79 (327th Overall)
Samir Varela 33:04.42 (328th Overall)
Maggie O’Connell 36.43.53 (328th Overall)
Dennis O’Connell 43:59.73 (423rd Overall)

For more information on the race and its results visit:

The event itself is organized by and for Bergen County’s United Way and all proceeds benefit their “Compassion Fund”. The fund provides emergency financial assistance to families struggling to meet basic needs, including rent, utilities, medical, child care, and other foreseen emergencies that threaten the family’s stability and well-being. Since the dawn of this 20-year tradition, the Teterboro 5K has raised an astounding $750K for families in need. A special thanks to all who sponsored, supported, and participated in this important and timely philanthropic mission.

To learn more about Bergen County United Way, please go to:

Meridian proudly displays its award for winning 3rd place in the 20th Annual Teterboro Airport 5K.

Meridian proudly displays its award for winning 3rd place in the 20th Annual Teterboro Airport 5K.

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Meridian Hayward Video Exemplifies Commitment to Service

An aerial view of Meridian Hayward at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD).

An aerial view of Meridian Hayward at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD).

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company with FBO locations at Teterboro Airport (TEB) and Hayward Executive Airport (HWD), is pleased to announce the launch of a new video featuring Meridian Hayward. The video is an introduction to its recently-opened facility situated on the San Francisco Bay in Northern California. It provides an overview of the terminal and hangar while also explaining the convenience and benefits of Hayward’s location for business aviation. The video gives a first-hand look at the vast array of services and amenities offered to passengers and pilots. The video’s length spans 2 minutes and 13 seconds.

Kirk Stephen, Director of Marketing, was excited about the launch. “This video offers viewers an in-depth perspective into our new FBO in Hayward, while also creating awareness to the advantages of flying into HWD. Our customers who know us from Teterboro will recognize that we have brought the same attention to detail and high level of customer service with us to Hayward. Whether you fly on the East Coast or West Coast, we want people to know that the Meridian brand is the same everywhere.”

The video can be viewed here: Meridian Hayward Welcome Video. It can also be found on the home page of the Meridian website (, as well as on Meridian’s YouTube channel (

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