Meridian Kicks Off Summer with Pot Luck Lunch

Trays of delicious foods prepared by Meridian employees for the annual Pot Luck Lunch.

Trays of delicious foods prepared by Meridian employees for the annual Pot Luck Lunch.

On Friday, June 16, Meridian unofficially began summer by celebrating its 5th Annual Pot Luck Lunch. The company provided hot dogs and hamburgers, while employees contributed by bringing in homemade dishes that represented a wide range of diverse foods and cultures. The grill station was operated by Master Grillers, John Langschultz and Rob Santangelo. The Iron Chefs of Maintenance exhibited their culinary skills behind the burners for throngs of hungry people seeking grilled meats.

A table was set up underneath a canopy that featured trays of delicious dishes. Here is a list of some (yes, only ‘some’) of the many dishes prepared:

Cold Quinoa salad
Pasta salad
Hummus
Green salad
Jerk Chicken and Rice
BBQ Chicken
Coleslaw
Perogies
Stuffed cabbage
Rice and beans
Greek Meatballs and Zucchini balls
Mediterranean Lasagna
Cake
Coconut Layer cake
Baklava
Ice cream
Donuts

The luncheon, which began at noon, was set-up inside the first bay of the main hangar. A Pot Luck Dinner, which began at 5:00pm, was also prepared for the evening shift. Participation was stronger than expected, with about 75 people attending the lunch and 100 people attending the dinner. It’s safe to say that everyone walked away from both meals very full. Overall, it was a great way to end the week, and start the summer.

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John Langschultz (left) and Rob Santangelo (right) show off their grilling skills.

John Langschultz (left) and Rob Santangelo (right) show off their grilling skills.

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Meridian Exhibits at EBACE2017

Meridian was well represented at EBACE2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. (l to r): Kirk Stephen, Mike Moore, MaKayla Hambek, Art Disabunjong, and Chris Battaglia.

Meridian was well represented at EBACE2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. (l to r): Kirk Stephen, Mike Moore, MaKayla Hambek, Art Disabunjong, and Chris Battaglia.

Meridian proudly participated in the the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2017). The company sent five associates to the show to represent various departments, including Charter Sales, Charter Operations, Aircraft Management, FBO, and Marketing. The team was able to optimize its presence at the venue by meeting with customers and prospects, reconnecting with industry colleagues and friends, and identifying new opportunities.

Organizers said the show was one of the most successful in recent memory, reinforcing its reputation as the industry’s most important event in Europe. EBACE is jointly hosted by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). This year’s show took place from May 22 to 24 at Geneva’s Palexpo conference center and Geneva International Airport.

“Anyone who spent the last week at EBACE can see the passion and professionalism that define this industry,” said EBAA CEO Brandon Mitchener. “This show was full of energy and excitement for the future, with amazing technology on display, in-depth policy discussions and more than a few deals closed.”

Mitchener joined EBAA as CEO in April 2017, and this year attended EBACE for the first time. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this industry at such a pivotal time,” he said. “Business aviation in Europe is growing, and this show featured several new business models that offer new opportunities to grow the market further.”

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen agreed, stating: “This show was an all-around success for attendees, exhibitors and the entire industry. This week once again highlighted the enduring value of EBACE, and of business aviation around the world. Clearly, ours remains a forward-looking industry, and we are confident EBACE will continue to be an important part of its future.”

Bolen and Mitchener pointed to several indicators illustrating the strength of this year’s EBACE:

– 56 aircraft were on display at Geneva International Airport, including a number of first-time visitors to the tarmac such as the Cessna Citation Longitude, Piper M600, Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet and Nextant G90XT
– 3 more aircraft were displayed inside the Palexpo exhibit hall
– 413 exhibitors from 40 countries displayed their technologies, products and services
– Attendance was estimated to be about 13,000 attendees; on par with previous years.
– Many of the exhibitors unveiled new products and services at EBACE2017
– More than 450 journalists from Europe and around the world covered the event

The week kicked off with an inspiring Opening General Session address by solar aviation pioneer, Dr. Bertrand Piccard. As the first pilot to fly around the world entirely on solar power – aboard the groundbreaking Solar Impulse aircraft – Piccard predicted innovation would lead aviation toward a more sustainable future.

Panels and education sessions held throughout the show covered timely and important issues, such as the implications of Brexit for business aviation, expanding opportunities for young professionals, security and top advocacy priorities across Europe. The EBACE2017 programming also included two well-attended day-long seminars – with expert analysis and advice for aircraft transactions and business aviation safety. The first EBACE Careers in Business Aviation Day introduced more than 250 high school and university students, from about 120 area schools across Europe, to the broad range of opportunities in the industry.

“This was an incredible show, from start to finish,” said Mitchener. “As EBACE draws to a close, I know that our industry faces real challenges and thrilling opportunities, and I am confident that business aviation in Europe will rise to the moment, and that our future is brighter than ever before.”

Next year, EBACE will return to Palexpo and Geneva International Airport on May 29-31, 2018.

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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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