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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Meridian Exhibits at NBAA Regional Forum in Fort Worth

Lindsay Berkel (left) and Nora Jacob (right) represent Meridian at the NBAA Regional Forum held at Fort Worth Meacham Airport (FTW) in Fort Worth, TX.

Lindsay Berkel (left) and Nora Jacob (right) represent Meridian at the NBAA Regional Forum held at Fort Worth Meacham Airport (FTW) in Fort Worth, TX.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company located in Teterboro, NJ (TEB) and Hayward, CA (HWD), proudly exhibited at its second NBAA Regional Forum this year. The Fort Worth Regional was held for the first time at American Aero FTW. The event drew 148 exhibitors, featured 27 aircraft on static display, and attracted more than 1,700 attendees.

Nora Jacob and Lindsay Berkel represented Meridian at the event. Nora is the Customer Service Supervisor at Meridian’s Teterboro Airport location, and her role is to help coordinate and manage the team of CSRs back at the FBO to make sure that we are providing exceptional customer service. Lindsay is one of our professional sales executives who is part of our Meridian Air Charter team. She reaches out to existing customers and prospects to provide competitive charter quotes, and assists our operations team in the trip planning process. Both have said that the forum was very productive and relevant.

“The regionals are great because it gives us a chance to meet our customers face-to-face in a professional environment”, say Nora. “We have many customers from this area who stop at Meridian when they fly into New York. It’s nice to see them in their local area.” Lindsay was also impressed, “I work with many retail and broker customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so this forum is a unique opportunity for us to catch up with them in person.”

The final NBAA Regional Forum of 2017 will be held on Thursday, September 7 at Morristown Airport (MMU) in Morristown, NJ. Meridian will also be participating at this one-day event with an exhibit and a team of representatives from every department within the company. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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