Employee Profile – Meredith Breiland
Meredith Breiland came to Concept2 in 2007 with the sport of rowing already in her blood. Unlike many us who learned the sport after coming on board, Meredith came with a solid rowing background: she discovered the sport in high school, got hooked, and continued right through her junior year at Cornell University until a shoulder injury sidelined her rowing for a while. This firsthand rowing experience, coupled with an MBA from Babson College, made her a good fit for Concept2, working with the marketing team to help grow new markets for the indoor rower.
Over time Meredith’s role has changed some, from specifically targeting non-on-water rowers to oar marketing, and growing our social media presence. Like many employees at Concept2, she wears several hats, including helping out with Customer Service and working with our resellers. When asked about her favorite part of working at Concept2, Meredith says, “I enjoy seeing the positive influence of rowing and sport in people’s lives. I’m privy to many of the testimonials that we receive from customers, and it’s always exciting to hear how rowing has helped people lose weight, find confidence, or become stronger and fit. It doesn’t get old.”
Meredith has worn many hats in her athletic life, too, and has competed in several triathlons and marathons. After moving to Vermont, skiing was just a given, and she joined a local volleyball league. More recently, she’s returned to rowing and is the vice president of Green Mountain Rowing, an organization she operates with her husband, Erik, who is the president and a competitive rower in his own right. Together they row right from their home (complete with a boathouse barn) on the Lamoille River. Meredith is still somewhat new to sculling, but with easy access to water and a husband who just happens to be a coach, she hopes to have a long, competitive rowing career!
While rowing is big part of her life, Meredith is also very active with running, CrossFit, and skiing, and keeping up with her nearly two-year-old daughter Elsa. Meredith, Erik and Elsa enjoy watching the river flow by from their home in Milton, Vermont, with Baxter the dog, and their hens, the Diva Chicks.