Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company with locations at Teterboro Airport and Hayward Executive Airport, is pleased to announce that Carlos Rodriguez has been named General Manager of Meridian Hayward. Mr. Rodriguez had been serving as Operations Manager at the same location. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing and managing the daily operations of the facility, developing the customer base by communicating the intrinsic value of Hayward Executive Airport in the Bay Area, and assuring the service experience reflects Meridian’s high-quality standards. Carlos will be managing a staff of 18 employees.
Carlos began his career with Meridian in 2002 when the company was part of the Million Air franchise. Through hard work and determination, Carlos moved up through the ranks and became the company’s first Training & Safety Coordinator in February of 2013. In 2015, when Meridian decided to expand westward to Hayward, CA, a motivated leader was needed to head up operations and get things off the ground. Carlos had excelled in his role as a Training & Safety Coordinator at Meridian Teterboro and he had an interest in moving West, so it was a natural step to promote him to Operations Manager at Hayward.
After a successful launch in October 2016, the new FBO is continuing to grow under Carlos’ management. “In 2016, I was very excited to join Meridian’s expansion to the west coast as the company was in the process of laying the foundation of its culture in the heart of the San Francisco Bay area” said Mr. Rodriguez. “Now that we have been operational for almost a year, I look forward to taking the customer experience to the next level. As GM, I hope to incorporate everything I learned at Meridian Teterboro alongside the best team in the industry and deliver the same extraordinary service to our customers here. I am really excited to have the opportunity to grow our brand and service culture in the Bay Area.”
“I am extremely proud of Carlos and all he has accomplished over the last 14 years,” said Ken Forester, Meridian CEO. “He exemplifies what we stand for at Meridian. Our entire team is committed to giving our customers, both at Hayward and Teterboro, the very best service every day.”
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!
On Friday, July 8, the Meridian Line Service department threw a surprise goodbye party for Carlos Rodriguez, who was leaving his position in Teterboro as the Training & Safety Coordinator. Carlos is heading West as the Operations Manager for the company’s new FBO being built at Hayward Executive Airport in Hayward, CA. In order to give him a proper send-off, the Line Service department decided to throw him a California-themed celebration that included a Tommy Bahama umbrella, several bottles of sun tan lotion, and a Meridian Hayward t-shirt.
Carlos was recently promoted to Operations Manager after excelling in his role as the company’s Training & Safety Coordinator. As the Operations Manager in Hayward, Carlos will be responsible for overseeing and managing the line and customer service staff, including daily operations, training, performance, employee relation issues, interviewing, scheduling, and attendance. Carlos will be managing a staff of approximately 18 employees.
Mr. Rodriguez began his career at the company in 2002 when it was known as Million Air Teterboro. He will be bringing his 14 years of Operations experience to Hayward. We are all excited and happy to see Carlos take on this new and important role in Hayward, and we wish him and his family well.