This past week a luncheon was organized by Ken and Susan Forester to recognize Carlos Rodriguez for his incredible work ethic as an employee. Carlos currently serves as Operations Manager for Meridian Hayward, our newest FBO in Northern California. As the Operations Manager in Hayward, Carlos is responsible for overseeing and managing the line and customer service staff, including daily operations, training, performance, employee relation issues, interviewing, scheduling, and attendance.
Mr. Rodriguez began his career at the company in 2002 when it was known as Million Air Teterboro. Through hard work and determination Carlos eventually became our Training & Safety Coordinator. In 2015, when Meridian had decided to expand its operations to Hayward, it needed a motivated leader to head its operations and get things off the ground. Because Carlos had excelled in his role as a Training & Safety Coordinator, and his interest in moving West, Meridian promoted him to Operations Manager.
While Carlos was excited to receive this honor, he wanted to make sure that the credit for his work and Meridian Hayward’s success was shared with his fellow employees. He humbly said, “Thank you to the entire Meridian staff for the continued support. I appreciate the recognition, but the credit must go to the staff and the rest of the Meridian Team. I wouldn’t be able to do it without the team. From Ken working the phones and being on call on the weekends during his stay out west, Susan running around taking care of our purchasing needs, Camacho and Ines coming out for support, to the staff here picking up extra shifts and training new employees. Steve and Betsy for their invaluable guidance. It is a total group effort to make the operation seamless. It is truly my pleasure to work side by side with the most extraordinary team in the industry.”
We at Meridian are very proud of Carlos and his accomplishments!
Teterboro, NJ – On Friday, February 10, 2012, an awards luncheon was held at Meridian to recognize team and individual successes for the company’s first-ever weight loss challenge. About 40 employees participated in the event, which were then grouped into 7 teams. Each team was required to “weigh in” every two weeks, and then contribute one dollar towards the contest prizes which were awarded at the end of the four month event. The contest ended on February 7, 2012, after the last “weigh outs” were verified and logged by a nurse.
The challenge was a huge success for both the individuals who participated, as well as the company as a whole, with a combined total of 346 pounds lost! In the end, every participant benefited in some way, no matter how big or small the weight loss. Throughout the competition, teams had met to discuss and implement better eating habits, add or increase exercise to their daily routine, and find other ways live healthier lives. The health benefits accrued during the challenge included weight loss, lowered cholesterol levels, and reduced blood pressure – all factors contributing to a brighter future.
Meridian would like to congratulate the following participants:
1st Place Winner – Michelle Mandzy
2nd Place Winner – Arlene Baetiong
3rd Place Winner – Carlos “Tiny” Rodriguez
Team Award – “Number Crunchers”
Steve Chandoha (Team Captain)
Closest to Goal – Patti Perez
Honorable Mentions go to the following employees for making significant progress throughout the challenge: John Frangipani, Andrew Ladouceur, Tom Nielsen, Cisco Cabrera, and Per Karlsson.