Meridian Hosts Students From North Bergen High School STEM Academy

Students were welcomed by FBO President, Steve Chandoha and Line Service Manager, Nehemias Camacho.

On Tuesday, March 19, Meridian hosted students from the North Bergen High School STEM Academy, a preparatory school for students pursuing careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.

Students learned about the many facets of business aviation and FBO operations, and the various factors involved to ensure that everything runs smoothly.  Many students were surprised to learn how much was involved in business aviation.  Our VP of Jet Maintenance, John Langshultz, gave an overview of jet maintenance and spoke about how diverse our jet mechanics’ skillset must be in order to keep a jet flying.

The students were also given a tour of our Teterboro FBO and met with our CEO, Ken Forester.  The Academy told us that they thought very highly of the tour and felt the trip to Teterboro was among their most exciting.  We hope that we’ve sparked an interest in the Business Aviation industry, and hope to see them again in the future!

Our CEO, Ken Forester, spoke at length about the aviation field, and the career opportunities available for STEM specialists.

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Meridian Holds First Town Hall of 2019

The Management team at Meridian held its first Town Hall meeting of the year on Wednesday, March 20.  The meeting was hosted by Emil Iannone, Director of Operations, who made the session available to all employees, including those based locally at the Teterboro office and those offsite who were able to call-in remotely.

These meetings provide employees with an informative venue to hear updates about company performance, afford a glimpse into future projects, and offer a unique opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

A few highlights include the upcoming makeover of our Teterboro lobby, a redesign of our IT and Human Resources’ offices, and the growing success of Meridian Hayward, which has improved significantly over last year.  Steve Chandoha, President of Meridian Teterboro, provided updates about FBO performances in both Teterboro and Hayward.  Dennis O’Connell, President of Meridian Air Charter, offered recent insights about Air Charter, Aircraft Management, and Jet Maintenance.

Our CEO, Ken Forester, wrapped up the session by elaborating on some of the key topics and thanking everyone for their continued efforts and hard work.  The next Town Hall meeting will be held at the end of the 2nd Quarter.

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Meridian Exhibits at Houston Regional Forum

On March 14, 2019, Meridian sent a team of three to the NBAA Regional Forum, held at William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU) in Houston, TX.  The company was well-represented with people from various departments, including Customer Service, Charter Sales, and Marketing. The sold-out forum was a major success, buzzing with over 1,800 attendees, over 160 exhibitors, and a dynamic static display featuring 21 aircraft, one mock-up, and three ground vehicles.

Meridian sent a team of three to represent the company at the NBAA Regional Forum in Houston. (l to r): Saqiba Parveen, Matt Barclay, and Lindsay Berkel.

Aside from the business aspect of the forum, many representatives from the state of Texas, including Gov. Greg Abbott arrived at the hangar to highlight the positive impact that business aviation has for the local economy and disaster relief efforts for the whole of Texas. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, commented that “In Houston as elsewhere, business aviation is about jobs, and it’s about lending a helping hand in times of crisis.”

Local college and high school students were invited to attend special classes geared towards young professionals and those looking to enter the industry.  One student said, “I’ve really enjoyed getting to meet with so many business aviation professionals today; I want to be a pilot and it’s been great to be able to talk to people with real-world experience about what to expect in this line of work and how I can be prepared for my career.”

Meridian was proud to participate at this event in this important market for business aviation. Our representatives had the opportunity to network with industry colleagues, meet with new prospects and customers, and showcase our services while at the show. The next Regional Forum will be held at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, NY, on Thursday, June 6.  We hope to see you there!

The Houston Regional featured over 20 business aircraft for its static display.

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