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Dec
flying magazine logo - talent shortage     Sheryl Barden, an NBAA Advisory Board member and president and CEO of API, a business aviation recruiter, says solutions to the problem are only just beginning to emerge, yet she’s concerned. “I’m worried that we’re going to miss an entire generation of pilots because it’s very hard for someone in their 30s to turn down a lucrative airline contract. [They’re thinking], If I join the airline, I’m furlough-proof,” Barden says. “We need to bring pilots into these [Part 91] organizations earlier and partner up to create a career path similar to what’s in place at the airlines.”   Read the full article here
01
Dec
Aviation International News people in aviation Aviation Personnel International promoted Jennifer Pickerel to director of client and candidate services and Jenny Showalter to client services manager. The firm also named Debbi Laux candidate services manager. Pickerel has provided talent identification and placement services to API’s clients and more recently assumed responsibility and oversight of the company’s Candidate Services division. Showalter is transitioning to client service delivery, where she will assist with project management, including the intake of a new search project, candidate identification and selection, and the offer and placement of a hired candidate within a Part 91 or 135 flight department. Laux joined API in a part-time capacity as a candidate specialist and is expanding her role to full-time. To see the original article listing People in Aviation, visit AINonline.com. To view the original press release, click here.
01
Nov
Business Aviation Insider magazine cover - retention tools article Nov 2019Employers are using benefits and incentives as creative retention tools to hold on to business aviation professionals. As some business aircraft pilots continue to pursue what they believe to be greener pastures with the airlines, business aviation employers are increasingly looking to new incentive programs and implementing other job-related benefits to attract and retain qualified industry professionals. “Companies are getting creative,” said Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of the recruiting firm Aviation Personnel International. “One company recently purchased a small airplane for employees to use on a recreational basis, while others now offer company cars to their pilots. Another is looking at how to help employees pay off their student loans.” Business aircraft operators may also counter perceived airline perks, such as guaranteed days off and fixed schedules, by appealing to those with a sense of entrepreneurialism who appreciate a diverse and ever-changing work environment. This article was originally featured in the Nov/Dec 2019 issue of NBAA’s Business Aviation Insider magazine. Please visit NBAA.org or download a copy here.
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Oct
NBAA women in aviation share secrets to successFive women industry professionals shared actionable career advice for younger women during a spirited and affirming education session held during NBAA-BACE. Each of the panelists shared pivotal moments from their careers in an effort to illustrate how younger women determined to succeed can move forward. Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International, urged all career-minded professionals to advocate for themselves, but also to find a mentor to help them, suggesting that individuals need to discover ways to grow by identifying possible gaps in their skillsets. “I think the most important thing that anyone needs to do is to allow themselves to become vulnerable,” said Barden. “If we’re going to grow, we have to get a little out of our comfort zone.” To view the full NBAA article, click here.
23
Oct

NBAA women in aviation share secrets to successNew Board Leaders Take Office at NBAA’s Annual Meeting

Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 23, 2019 – The voting members of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today re-elected two individuals to the association’s Board of Directors during an annual meeting held during NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE).

Additionally, Elizabeth Dornak, of DuPont Aviation, succeeded Gen. Lloyd “Fig” Newton, of L3 Harris Technologies, Inc., as chair; also, Monte Koch, of Falconshare LLC, will serve as NBAA’s new vice chair/treasurer. Leadership on NBAA’s Advisory Council, formerly known as AMAC, also changed today, with Sheryl Barden, of Aviation Personnel International, replacing Todd Duncan, of Duncan Aviation, as chair, and David Davenport, of FlightSafety International, becoming vice chair. As leaders of the Advisory Council, Barden and Davenport will serve as the Business Member Advisors on the board of directors. Sheryl Barden has spent a lifetime in aviation, having grown up in and around the business aviation recruiting firm Aviation Personnel International, where she now serves as the company’s president and CEO. Barden is a leading authority on hiring and leadership development practices, and is a frequent industry speaker. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management, Flight Safety Foundation, Women in Corporate Aviation and the International Women’s Forum. She earned an MBA from the Masagung School of Business at the University of San Francisco and a bachelor of science degree in management, with an emphasis in personnel management, from Pennsylvania State University. She has been a member of the board since 2017, and her term as Advisory Council chair will conclude in 2021. See full press release  
18
Oct
aviation pilot shortage article -atlanta business chronicle logoFaced with an aviation pilot shortage and reduction in technical professionals in the near future, the aviation industry isn’t sitting on the ground. It’s going wheels-up for the future. A recently published report by the Boeing o. stated that over the next 20 years, “804,000 new civilian aviation pilots, 769,000 new maintenance technicians and 914,000 new cabin crew will be needed to fly and maintain the world fleet… The forecast is inclusive of the commercial aviation, business aviation and civil helicopter industries.” “We call it a ‘talent gap,’” said Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of San Francisco-based Aviation Personnel International, which helps corporations and high-net-worth individuals find permanent professionals to fly, maintain and protect the value of their business aviation assets. “Everyone is competing for a finite amount of talent and trying to hold onto the talent they have,” Barden added. “The problem is, we can’t make aa pilot overnight. We can’t make one that fits the requirements in a year or two.” To retain existing aviation staff, business owners are offering higher compensation and better benefits packages, including increases to 401(k) contributions. Barden estimated that pilot compensation has increased in “double-digit percentages” over the last three years. Some companies are increasing pilot head count, which allows for flex-time and time off for regular staff. By Doug DeLoach,  Contributing Writer, Atlanta Business Chronicle Read the article Download the PDF
09
Sep
NBAA women in aviation share secrets to successThe past 75 years have seen an evolution in the roles of women in aviation. From the formation of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) in 1943 to today, women have gone from being an important but underrated element of aviation in World War II, to now holding key leadership positions. Today, women in aviation leadership positions want to help the next generation of women succeed. Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International, also recommends being flexible. When a career opportunity presents itself, don’t immediately dismiss it because you’re comfortable where you are and you don’t want to move. Comfort can blind you to seeing opportunities. “The right job is there when it needs you, not when you need it,” said Barden. “You grow and advance your career by taking new opportunities.” To view the full article, click here.

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Aviation Personnel International Expands Team, Announces Promotions

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SAN FRANCISCO, September 25, 2019 – Sheryl Barden, President and CEO of Aviation Personnel International (API), today announced the promotions of Jennifer Pickerel to Director, Client and Candidate Services, and […]

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API’s CEO Sheryl Barden Appointed to NBAA Board of Directors

Sheryl Barden Joins NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council

LAS VEGAS – October 11, 2017 – Today Sheryl Barden, President and CEO of Aviation Personnel International (apiaviation.com), was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Business Aviation […]

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Jenny Showalter Joins Aviation Personnel International as Manager, Candidate Services

Jenny Showalter Aviation Personnel Manager, Candidate Services

SAN FRANCISCO – January 19, 2017 – Sheryl Barden, President and CEO of Aviation Personnel International (apiaviation.com), today announced the addition of Jenny Showalter as the company’s Manager, Candidate Services. […]

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Aviation Personnel International Celebrates 45 Years in Aviation

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CEO Sheryl Barden to Celebrate 45 Years in Aviation, Lead Recruitment Panel at NBAA’s BACE  ORLANDO – Oct. 31, 2016 – 2016 has been a banner year for Aviation Personnel International (API), […]

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Business Aviation Pioneer Janice K. Barden Dies

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SAN FRANCISCO Aug. 2, 2016 – Sheryl Barden, President and CEO of Aviation Personnel International (API), today announced the passing of the company’s chairman and founder, Janice K. Barden, who started the […]

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