Jeremy Ojerholm Joins Meridian Air Charter

Jeremy Ojerholm Joins Meridian Air Charter

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, is pleased to announce that Jeremy Ojerholm has joined its charter sales team as a Charter Sales Executive. Mr. Ojerholm will be based at the company’s newly opened sales office at Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Miami, FL. He will be responsible for growing the overall retail charter business as well as focus on business development in the South Florida market.

“We currently have charter sales offices in key areas of the country, including the West Coast and the Northeast Corridor, and the addition of a sales office in Florida is part of our growth strategy,” said Chris Battaglia, Meridian’s Director of Charter Sales. “Our enhanced presence in this major market area gives us more opportunities to reach new customers as well as serve our existing clients. Jeremy’s background and experience will be a great asset in our continued growth, and I am pleased to welcome him to our team.”

Mr. Ojerholm has worked in business aviation for over 17 years, and comes to Meridian with an extensive background in charter sales/operations, jet card membership programs, aircraft sourcing and scheduling, direct client and aircraft owner relations, and FBO services. He has prior experience with many well-known business aviation companies, including Bohlke International Airways, Alerion Aviation, M&N Aviation, Signature Flight Support, and Sentient Flight Group.

Prior to his tenure in aviation, Mr. Ojerholm worked at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts where he won many awards for Guest Services, including the coveted “Employee of the Year” award and Where magazine’s “Guest Ambassador of the Year” award for the City of Boston. Jeremy, who is originally from Boston, is an Honors Graduate of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. He currently resides in Miami and will work from Meridian’s new charter sales office located in Fontainebleau Aviation at Opa-Locka Executive Airport.

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Facility Maintenance Technician Petrika Robo Retires

Petrika Robo (center) is surrounded by colleagues at his retirement celebration.

Petrika Robo, Meridian’s longtime Facility Maintenance Technician, said his final goodbyes today to friends and colleagues before heading off to a well-deserved retirement after 11 fruitful years with the company.

Petrika has been an integral part of Meridian’s Building Maintenance team. He joined the company in 2007, moving east from Chicago. During his tenure, there were five members that worked in the department and, according to Petrika, their days and evenings were filled with a variety of big projects. The department is responsible for everything from the building exteriors to the hangar floors, which cover over 100,000 square feet!

Petrika is originally from Albania. He immigrated to the US in 1995 with his family, which includes his wife and two children. He said that he wanted his family to have more opportunities by coming here, and by all accounts he and his family have thrived. In fact, he recently celebrated the birth of his second grandchild. Petrika is very proud of his family, and was grateful that they had made the move with him to the US.

One of the things he liked most about working at Meridian was how well everyone gets along. “Meridian is also my family,” he says. “Working here was like being part of another family.”

The colorful retirement cake is looking quite delicious!

“Every day was different,” Petrika says, “with numerous projects and tasks in need of  completion. The winter was always the toughest time of year because we needed to make sure the ramp and other exterior areas were free of snow and kept as clear as possible, in addition to the department’s on-going responsibilities.”

Meridian works hard to ensure that the FBO and other parts of the Teterboro facility are always kept in excellent condition, and that employees and visitors alike feel comfortable here. The Building Maintenance team does an outstanding job in making sure that the facility operations at Teterboro run flawlessly each and every day. On his last day, Petrika expressed his gratitude for being part of this dedicated team and accomplishing everything they have done to make our facility shine.

We wish him all the best as he begins his well-earned retirement!

Colleagues from around the company gather together for some lunch while saying their goodbyes.

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Meridian Earns Top Spot at 2019 FlightSafety Golf Tournament

Team Meridian finished in 1st place at the 2019 FlightSafety Golf Tournament.
Pictured left to right are Nehemias Camacho, Herb Knight, and Bob Platten.

Meridian was proud to sponsor FlightSafety’s 22nd Annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament held on Monday, June 24, 2019. The company sent a team of people to meet and greet golfers at the sponsored hole, as well as a foursome to play in the tournament. Meridian sponsored the ‘Closest to the Pin’ contest hole on the Meadows course, which was hosted by two representatives of the company, Francisco Cabrera from Owner Services and Matthew Barclay from Marketing.

Francisco and Matthew welcomed golfers throughout the day, offering them water bottles, power bars, sunscreen, and Meridian golf balls. The Meridian foursome included Bob Platten, Nehemias Camacho, and our guest, Herb Knight. (The fourth golfer, Chris Battaglia, was recruited to play on another team at the last minute.) This year, Meridian took first place, scoring a 60 in the scramble format. The Meridian team finished 4 strokes better than last year.

Meridian sponsored the 5th hole, a par 3, on the Meadows course.

Overall, there were 154 golfers and over 220 total attendees that participated in the annual tournament.  In addition to a fun day on the links, there was also a charitable component – FlightSafety raised over $1,000 for Corporate Angel Network. Corporate Angel Network is the only charitable organization in the United States whose sole mission is to help cancer patients access the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer by arranging free travel to treatment across the country using empty seats on corporate jets.

Camacho attempting to sink a putt at the Meridian sponsor hole.

Michele Posey, Director of Sales and organizer of the event, had this to say, “The annual FlightSafety Golf Tournament is a fun way for us to thank our valued customers each year by providing a relaxing day on the golf course followed by a dinner with awards and prizes. We also want to thank our sponsors, like Meridian, for their generosity and support. Now that the 2019 tournament is behind us, we’re already planning for next year.”

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