On Thursday, July 11, 2013, NBAA held its Denver Regional Forum at Centennial Airport (APA). Meridian, which has an aircraft based at Centennial, made a strong showing at the event last week with a team of seven to represent the company at both the exhibit booth and static display. Starting on Wednesday, July 10, Meridian introduced its newest Aviation Sales Executive, Todd Schieck, at the Colorado Business Aviation Association (CABA) Golf Tournament held at the Inverness Hotel & Golf Club. Todd joined Meridian on July 1, 2013 from M&N Aviation, and has already hit the ground running. Meridian sponsored Hole 9 at the CABA event, where Mr. Schieck and fellow colleague Anthony Banome greeted golfers and offered refreshments.
The following day, Meridian participated in the NBAA Regional Forum with an exhibition booth and an aircraft on the static display. The 13-seat business jet, a Falcon 900EX EASy, is a long range aircraft that has been beautifully refurbished and equipped with Wi-Fi. Dennis O’Connell, Meridian Air Charter President, had this to say, “The Denver market is an important and growing region for business aviation because of its leadership in the new energy economy. Meridian’s strong presence here was designed to raise awareness of our aircraft based at APA, and to announce that we now have charter sales representation based locally. We want the world to know that we are open for business in Denver.”
The forum was a success with a total of 974 attendees and 73 exhibitors. The full agenda included an update by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen, presentations on topics including the business aircraft purchase and sale process; aircraft ownership and operations; the new FileSmart educational initiative and information on preserving FAA medical certification. Also on site was a static display of 14 aircraft, including Meridian’s Falcon 900EX EASy. The evening before the event, the Colorado Aviation Business Association held a series of mentoring sessions with high school students, and Jeppesen sponsored a reception that included tours of its training facility. Meridian will be attending the next NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum, which will be held on September 12 at Waukegan Regional Airport (UGN), near Chicago, IL.