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.
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!