Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company, is pleased to welcome Nehemias Camacho as Director of Ground Operations. “Camacho”, as he is commonly called by his colleagues and friends, assumed the newly-created position on July 26.
Camacho, who most recently served as a Manager of Ramp Services at United Airlines, spent 21 years with Meridian, primarily as Line Services Manager. Camacho joined United in early 2020 in what he calls “a rare opportunity to experience the commercial side of the aviation industry.”
“We are delighted to welcome Camacho back to Meridian,” said Steve Chandoha, Meridian President. “The experience he gained at United, coupled with his knowledge, skills and previous tenure at Meridian, complements the expertise he brings to this new position. This is especially relevant as we strive to deliver the best possible FBO experience.”
Last year, Meridian made the strategic decision to realign its business units to focus exclusively on its core FBO business. Meridian currently has two world-class FBOs that continue the company’s long legacy of excellence and outstanding customer service.
As Director of Ground Operations at Meridian Teterboro, Camacho has overall responsibility for the departments of Line Service, Security, Ground Service Equipment and Detailing. As the company continues to experience an uptick in business and growth, his role will be expanding.
“It’s really great being back at Meridian,” said Camacho. “Returning to the company was seamless in some ways, but in other ways, it’s very different with the added responsibilities of my new position. One thing that has remained the same is the feeling of being with family that working at Meridian gives you.
“I made the decision to join United because it was an opportunity to learn something new,” Camacho continued. “I definitely learned some things that I had not been exposed to in business aviation, and at the same time, there were skills I learned at Meridian that I was able to implement at United. I feel that I made an impact with United’s leadership team while also improving the relationship between frontline employees and leaders. Motivating others to provide the best service to every customer made me realize how much I appreciated Meridian and what it stands for.”
“These are exciting times for Meridian,” added Chandoha. “Along with Camacho and the rest of the Meridian team, we will continue to do what we do best – put every customer first.”
On December 21, Meridian celebrated the 20th anniversary of our Line Service Manager, Nehemias Camacho. “Camacho”, as he is commonly called by his colleagues and friends, started his career at Meridian as a Line Service Technician in December of 1998 while also enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served as Crew Chief for the KC-130, the tanker version of the C-130 Hercules modified for aerial refueling. He was honorably discharged from the military in September of 2003 and was promoted to Line Service Manager in June 2005.
Since then, he has focused heavily on safety and keeping the ever-growing Line Service department adequately trained to operate on the Meridian ramp safely and effectively. This has been a huge task as his department has doubled in size from 30 to 60 since his promotion.
“It’s important for people to see the ‘ties’ on the ramp. It shows everyone that we’ve done this before, and we know it works. It’s always been my philosophy to lead from the front and to show everyone that Management understands what it’s like to work on the ramp. It shows that we’re a team.”
Camacho commented on the Meridian culture and Management by saying, “It’s a rare thing to walk into work, every day for 20 years, and still be working for the same people; to see the same people every day and to interact with the CEO as frequently as I do. It just doesn’t happen anywhere else.”
Camacho, reflecting on his career, cannot wait to see what the future holds and hopes for many more years with Meridian.
Congratulations Camacho for 20 great years with the company!