Meridian Exhibits at 2018 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference

The Meridian Team at S&D in Long Beach, CA. (Left to Right): MaKayla Gorski, Kirk Stephen, Chris Battaglia, Mike Moore, Bob Platten, Amber Salvatore, and Phil Boyer.

The Meridian Team at S&D in Long Beach, CA. (Left to Right): MaKayla Gorski, Kirk Stephen, Chris Battaglia, Mike Moore, Bob Platten, Amber Salvatore, and Phil Boyer.

This past week, Meridian proudly participated as an exhibitor at the 2018 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2018). This year’s conference was held in Long Beach, CA, from Tuesday, February 6 through Friday, February 9. The event demonstrated once again its continuing value as the premier educational and networking event for professionals involved in business aviation logistics.

The special 4-day show featured more than 550 exhibitors on a sold-out floor and more than 2,900 attendees (150 first-timers). Both numbers set new records for SDC. In addition, the program included dozens of innovative education sessions, various networking events and ample opportunities to give back to the local community.

“This is the place for a scheduler or dispatcher to go for professional development and education,” said NBAA Vice President of Operational Excellence and Professional Development Mike Nichols, “Especially for someone brand new to the industry, it’s one-stop shopping for what they need to know, not only with great education sessions, but also with peer-to-peer learning that happens outside of the education sessions on the trade show floor.”

SDC2018 included many new features, most notably an increased focus on educational opportunities. With more than 30 education sessions offered, SDC2018 had something for everyone. Tyler Austin, Manager of Professional Development at NBAA, made it clear that they were, “strategic in thinking through what we should offer in our 33-session program, and we listened closely to what attendees said they wanted- from the basics of scheduling to operating internationally, to starting their own business.”

Furthermore, SDC2018 also put emphasis on its charitable contributions. This year alone, three charities received support through the Pay It Forward Campaign, including Dress for Success, Pacific Gateway, and Clothes the Deal, all of which help less fortunate men and women in the Long Beach Community. In addition, dozens of monetary training scholarships were awarded at this year’s show.

In order to create brand awareness and draw traffic to our booth, the Meridian team held a raffle with a grand prize giveaway of an Apple iPhone X! Other prizes included Amazon gift cards. The raffle was a huge success as it drew a very large crowd of business aviation professionals to our location. The entire raffle was captured on Facebook Live.

The lucky winners were:

  • Dean Lynch of CTP Aviation (Grand Prize)
  • Shane Yuknis of Lyon Aviation
  • Rob Swan of Harrods Aviation
Congratulations to the Meridian raffle winners at S&D last week! The Grand Prize winner was Dean Lynch of CTP Aviation (3rd from left), with other prizes going to Shane Yuknis (left), and Rob Swan (2nd from right).

Congratulations to the Meridian raffle winners at S&D last week! The Grand Prize winner was Dean Lynch of CTP Aviation (3rd from left), with other prizes going to Shane Yuknis (left), and Rob Swan (2nd from right).

Overall, the event was a tremendous success. It provided an invaluable opportunity for us to learn and connect, as well as network with industry peers. We were pleased with the event’s exciting environment as well as the overwhelming amount of positive energy that surrounded it. Special thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by our booth and to those who made this event possible.

The next Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which will mark the event’s 30th anniversary, is set for January 29 – February 1, 2019 in San Antonio, TX. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Meridian Celebrates Steve Chandoha’s 30 Year Anniversary

Steve Chandoha, President of Meridian Teterboro, celebrates his 30th Anniversary at the company

Steve Chandoha, President of Meridian Teterboro, celebrates his 30th Anniversary at the company.

On January 4, Steve Chandoha, President of Meridian Teterboro, celebrated 30 years as a member of the Meridian team. Steve started his career with Meridian in 1988 after earning his Master of Business Administration/Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also received his Bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle.

Steve joined Meridian as Flight School Manager. As corporate aviation at Teterboro intensified, Steve moved to the FBO side of the business and served as Line Service Manager. He then moved up to General Manager, Vice President and became President of Meridian Teterboro in 2002.

Steve got the aviation bug early–around age 15. He loved flying and got his glider license and then his pilot license and various ratings while at Embry-Riddle. As his career progressed, his focus turned more to the business side. While no longer actively flying, Steve obviously loves aviation, and loves working at Meridian.

“Every day is different,” says Steve. “You start your day planning certain activities, then something comes up or something happens and the day totally changes.”

While each day is different, the one thing that always stays the same is the supportive attitude of Ken Forester, Owner and CEO. Steve says that his support and encouragement fosters a culture that contributes to the longevity of so many employees. “There is an amazing group of talented people that work here; many of them for well over 20 years. It is a true pleasure to work with them every day.”

An early photo of Steve (circa 1993) while at the front desk of the old Million Air Teterboro FBO

An early photo of Steve (circa 1993) while at the front desk of the old Million Air Teterboro FBO

Steve says it is hard to believe that it has already been 30 years since he joined Meridian. He still looks forward to coming to work every day and is excited about what the future holds for the company.

Congratulations Steve on 30 years with Meridian!

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Meridian Exhibits at 2018 West Palm Beach Regional

The Meridian Team working the booth at the NBAA Regional Forum at Palm Beach. (l to r) Bob Platten, Maria Bochman, Chris Battaglia, and Kirk Stephen.

The Meridian team working the booth at the NBAA Regional Forum in West Palm Beach.
(l to r) Bob Platten, Maria Bochman, Chris Battaglia, and Kirk Stephen.

Meridian is proud to have exhibited at the first NBAA Regional Forum of 2018 at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) on Wednesday, January 24. The company sent representatives from Charter Sales and Marketing to meet and greet visitors at its booth. The Meridian team was happy to see many familiar faces while also meeting new people in the industry, many who were exhibiting or attending for the first time.

This year’s event was hailed as the best forum NBAA ever had in Palm Beach. In fact, the event drew over 2,700 attendees and over 150 exhibitors. Both of these numbers set new records for the Palm Beach Forum. In addition, 30 aircraft and ground support vehicles were on static display creating an exciting environment for both the attendees and the exhibitors. Mike Nichols, NBAA’s Vice President of Operational Excellence and Professional Development, said of the Jan. 24 event, “The energy was phenomenal, and people were excited to be here”.

The event also focused on what the professional aviation industry can expect going forward in 2018. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen reiterated that, “We’re going to pick up 2018 where we left off last year, and that is by asking everybody in our community to be active and engaged. As we’re entering a new year, and we’re excited about the opportunities it brings”. Aside from this, Bolen discussed other initiatives the NBAA would focus on in 2018 including:

  • ATC Privatization
  • Workforce Development
  • Ethical Business Practices
  • Airport Access
  • International Advocacy

All in all, the forum ended up being a tremendous success for the Meridian team. It provided an invaluable opportunity for us to meet current customers and connect with new ones, as well as network with industry peers. We were pleased with the event’s exciting environment as well as the overwhelming amount of positive energy that surrounded the forum. Special thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by our booth and to those who made this event possible.

Meridian is planning to exhibit at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in Long Beach, CA from February 6-9, 2018. Be sure to stop by our booth (#1340). You won’t want to miss our big raffle where the Grand Prize Winner will receive a new Apple iPhone X! We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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