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Founder of Aviation Personnel International honored for decades of leadership San Francisco – June 5, 2015 – Janice K. Barden, chairman and founder of Aviation Personnel International, was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on May 28 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Every year the Ohio Department of Aging pays tribute to several Ohioans who help the state prepare for its growing aging population, who bolster their communities and the state through volunteer initiatives, and who are exemplary leaders and role models in their fields. Barden is one of nearly 500 elders who have been given this distinction since the award was established in 1977.
“I don’t know of a more worthy individual to have been selected for this prestigious recognition,” stated Sheryl Barden, President and CEO, Aviation Personnel International. “Janice, through her hard work and dedication to the aviation field, has made API what it is today – an industry leader in the business aviation recruiting business. She is truly a trailblazer.”
Barden, who currently lives in St. Helena, California, was born in Cleveland and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. In 1971, she founded Aviation Personnel International, the first female-owned and operated search firm exclusively dedicated to the hiring needs of the business aviation industry. As a female working in the once male-dominated field of aviation, Barden paved the way for thousands of men and women alike, who, like she, nurtured a love for aviation and its related disciplines. Earlier this year, Barden was hailed as an industry “game changer” by the National Business Aviation Association and in 2014 was the recipient of the National Aeronautic Association’s Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award. The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors hand-selected individuals age 60 and older who are native-born Ohioans or who have been Ohio residents for at least 10 years. Nominations are evaluated on the impact of current contributions or a continuation of work and accomplishments begun before age 60. This year's nominees range in age from 67 to 92. L to R: Jacqi Bradley, CEO of the Area Agency on Aging 3; Janice K. Barden, inductee; and Bonnie Burman director of the Ohio Department of Aging About Aviation Personnel International Now celebrating 43 years in aviation, Aviation Personnel International (API) is the longest-running aviation recruiting business, exclusively serving the hiring needs of flight departments in corporate and private aviation. API offers its clients the broadest portfolio of fully vetted candidates, including senior aviation leaders, pilots, maintenance, cabin safety crew, schedulers and dispatchers. Based in San Francisco, the API team combines their extensive aviation knowledge with their expertise in human resources and executive recruiting to provide retained recruitment services, talent identification, staff development and outplacement services for flight departments of two or two hundred.
Nine "game changers," mostly in business aviation, will deliver inspirational video messages to attendees at NBAA's 2015 Leadership Conference, which takes place Feb. 24 to 26 in Tucson, AZ. The videos, which will be shown throughout the conference, feature nine individuals discussing how they achieved success in their fields, and are in keeping with the conference's theme, "Inspire. Innovate. Influence." The best leaders influence others through their passion and vision, inspire by exuding enthusiasm and embrace innovation and life-long education. "There are so many great people and businesses throughout our industry, and this is one way we can recognize and tell their story – and the story of business aviation," said Jeannine Falter, vice president of business development at Duncan Aviation and a co-chair of the conference, which is planned by NBAA's Corporate Aviation Management Committee (CAMC). The nine game changers are:
  • Pete Agur, of The VanAllen Group, who influenced business aviation leaders to better align and manage their respective organizations.
  • Janice Barden, of Aviation Personnel International, who influenced the quality of personnel flying airplanes.
  • Robert Duncan, of Duncan Aviation, who applied innovative ideas to make aviation services readily accessible to customers.
  • Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an English adventurer, who inspired risk-taking by exploring remote regions on Earth.
  • Joan Sullivan Garrett, of MedAire, who promoted standardized access to medical services on business aircraft.
  • Benn Isaacman, who elevated the importance of interior cabin design in business jets.
  • Chuck McKinnon, retired from the IBM Flight Department, who encouraged greater cabin business amenities and the use of technology in the cabin.
  • Greg Evans, of Universal Weather, who developed new solutions to support business aviation flight access and planning.
  • Russ Meyer, of Textron, a longtime industry leader and advocate who led passage of revitalization legislation that promoted industry growth.
More than 400 aviation managers, chief pilots, maintenance managers, safety officers, schedulers, dispatchers and flight attendants are expected to attend the conference, which also includes presentations by highly regarded leadership experts and authors. Scheduled conference speakers include:
  • Tom Flick: A former college and NFL quarterback, Flick is president of a communications company and a leadership expert. He will provide attendees with insights on how the best leaders influence and inspire to create a successful business culture.
  • Ross Bernstein: Author of nearly 50 sports books, Bernstein has interviewed thousands of athletes and applies the stories and lessons he has written about to the business world.
  • Kristin Arnold: President and founder of Quality Process Consultants, Inc., Arnold will facilitate a dialogue with the audience about leadership and critical issues facing business aviation today and in the future.
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Barrington Irving was a star attraction at the Compton Middle Schools STEM day on October 12. (Photo: Matt Thurber)
I was wrong. In a conversation with Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International, I dismissed her idea of reaching out to middle and high school counselors to promote careers in business aviation. We were discussing this subject before the NBAA Convention in October, where she was part of a panel session on business aviation careers. Knowing how busy the counselors are at my kids’ high school, I felt that it would be difficult to get their attention and that other industries are trying to do the very same to attract kids to their career opportunities. On October 12, I found out how wrong I was. I drove to Davis Middle School in Compton, Calif., to see the Compton school district’s first annual science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) day celebration and to see how the kids reacted to the arrival of Barrington Irving in a Robinson R-44 helicopter. Irving and his crew flew to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region in a Hawker 400XP equipped as the Flying Classroom, promoting STEM education and introducing kids to the joys of aviation. Irving took off on September 23 and completed the trip in Miami in mid-October. The visit to Compton wasn’t originally planned and was added at the last minute, during the Flying Classroom’s stop in Van Nuys, Calif., where Irving and sponsor Clay Lacy Aviation hosted an event for kids from Gault Elementary School. At the Compton event, more than 1,000 kids were bused in from other Compton schools. Davis Middle School, by the way, is named after Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, commander of the Tuskegee Airmen. All of us at the event were thrilled to see Tuskegee crew chief Levi Thornhill, who told the kids, “Pay attention to what your teachers are trying to teach you. Take advantage of what you learn and take care of your friends.” The STEM day at Davis Middle School wasn’t just about Barrington Irving’s Experience Aviation program and the Flying Classroom, although the arrival of the R-44 and a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department AStar was plenty thrilling for the kids. STEM participants put up booths to show off their work–robots, architectural models, flying machines, etc. The kids were uniformly polite and welcoming and they lined up in droves to see the inside of the helicopters. The R-44 carrying Irving was flown by a local hero, Robin Petgrave, chief pilot and president of Celebrity Helicopters and founder of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (both are based at Compton Airport). Petgrave and the museum put donations and grants to work to help local kids learn about aviation and learn to fly, and many of these kids have gone on to remunerative aviation careers. While at the STEM day, I spoke to two counselors at Compton schools and asked them if they wanted industry help to highlight careers in aviation. Rather than complain how busy they are, both responded enthusiastically. Apparently no industries currently are pestering these counselors for attention, so the door is wide open for aviation. This is where I was wrong, so Sheryl, by all means encourage everyone you know to contact their local middle and high school counselors and get aviation’s foot in the door. Every company I speak to in aviation these days complains about how hard it is to find qualified personnel. If we don’t prime the pump for the future, then it’s our own fault. These kids are enthusiastic, smart, ambitious and just plain fun. What is your plan to reach out to them?
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K. Barden Honored with the 2013 NAA Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award

Barden one of five recipients honored by the National Aeronautic Association

San Francisco – November 15, 2013 – Janice K. Barden, founder and chairman of Aviation Personnel International, was one of five recipients honored with the 2013 Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Awards at the National Aeronautic Association’s (NAA) Fall Awards Dinner on Nov. 12, 2013 in Arlington, VA. Established in 1954, the Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award honors outstanding Americans who have made contributions of significant value to aeronautics and have reflected credit upon America and themselves. Barden was awarded alongside Ralph Crosby, Hugh Risseeuw, Bruce Whitman and Matt Zuccaro. “I am immeasurably proud of the lifelong accomplishments and impact that my mother, Janice K. Barden, has made in the lives of professionals working within the Business Aviation industry,” said Sheryl Barden, President and CEO of Aviation Personnel International. “She has received an outpouring of emails from former clients, candidates and industry partners, congratulating her on this Distinguished Statesman honor, and all have thanked her for contributing to their success and the success of our industry. Janice is a true legend in aviation, and is very deserving of this award from the National Aeronautic Association.” In 1971, Janice K. Barden leveraged her 16 years as a professional aviation psychologist to create Aviation Personnel International (API), the first female owned and operated retained search firm designed exclusively to serve the hiring needs of private and business aviation professionals. Since API’s establishment more than 42 years ago, the firm has impacted thousands of corporate flight departments and professional aviation careers. “The values Janice imparted continue to live through those of us who she impacted,” said a former API Director of Aviation candidate, Don Henderson. In addition to this 2013 Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award, Barden’s additional honors and milestones include:
  • Namesake for the UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, which the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annually awards $1,000 to each of five undergraduates studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions.
  • Recipient of the NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award in 1994, which is bestowed to those with a lifelong individual achievement on behalf and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation.
  • Recipient of the NBAA American Spirit Award in 2000, awarded in recognition of an individual within business aviation who exemplifies the courage, pursuit of excellence and service to others that characterize men and women who created and nurtured the American aviation community.
  • Served as NBAA Local Committee Chairman for a total of six times, more than any other person in NBAA history and the only woman to serve as chair. The Local Committee chairman traditionally acts as a liaison between NBAA and the Convention’s host city in the year leading up to the Show.
  • Envisioned an outreach program for aviation students, and in 1990 created the annual NBAA Careers in Business Aviation Day.
  • Appointed by George H. W. Bush to a Presidential Blue Ribbon Panel in 1992, to research the training options to address the Pilot and Aviation Maintenance Technician shortage.
  • Creator of API’s Psychological Testing Program, a battery that has evolved into API's PEQ (Professional Evaluation Quotient), which assesses aviation professionals/candidates based on 17 factors.
  • Recipient of the Kent State Distinguished Alumni Award in 1986, which recognizes and honors alumni who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their chosen field, in their communities and at Kent State University.
Civil Aviation Training Magazine logoAviation Personnel International (API) CEO, Sheryl Barden, was quoted regarding the need for the continued expansion of corporate aviation training. This is especially due to an estimated 23,000 corporate pilots needed worldwide in the next 10 years.
Read the Aviation Training article as seen in the October 2014 issue of Civil Aviation Training magazine.
Orlando, FL, Oct. 19, 2014 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), through NBAA Charities, offers a wide range of scholarships that support young people seeking careers in business aviation. This week at NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), students will be recognized for receiving the following awards: UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship, William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship, Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, NORDAM Dee Howard/Eitenne Fage Scholarship and the new Eddie Queen Aviation Management Scholarship. The recipients will be recognized at a press conference on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. in the Orange County Convention Center, Room N220B. UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship The UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship is named for the founder of Aviation Personnel International, who has been active in the aviation community for decades and has served many times as the local committee chair of NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. The following five college students studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) Member institutions have been selected to receive this year's Barden scholarship:
  • Clayton Marr, a senior at Arizona State University (ASU), is studying aeronautical management technology and professional flight. He is a certified flight instructor at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and has been an altitude chamber operator at ASU, an airline ramp agent, Alpha Eta Rho president and ASU American Association of Airport Executives chapter vice president.
  • Francisco Patrana is a junior studying aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. He is a certified flight instructor and participated in the NIFA region SAFECON in 2011. Patrana was selected for both the Outstanding Member Award and Community Service Award from the aviation fraternity Alpha Eta Rho. He plans to obtain a master's degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in pilot technology. He would like to be a flight test pilot and hopes to be accepted at the United States Air Force Test Pilot School.
  • Taylor Ratliff is a senior at Oklahoma State University (OSU), majoring in aerospace administration and operations with a pro pilot/aviation management minor. She holds a private pilot license and is president of OSU Women in Aviation. Ratliff assisted with the National Intercollegiate Flying Association regional competition, and is a member of the OSU Flying Aggies as well as being an aviation dispatcher for OSU.
  • Scott Singleton is a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, where he studies aeronautical science with a minor in business administration. Singleton's career goal is to fly for a major corporation. He has a PPL and instrument airplane rating with more than 150 hours. He has been an intern with ExpressJet Airlines in Atlanta, GA, and is a member of AOPA. Singelton has also been involved with Safe Haven Animal Rescue and Sanctuary.
  • Jonathan Wright is a junior at Kent State University, majoring in flight technology. He holds a private pilot license and is a member of the Honors College at Kent State. Wright is employed as a golf caddy at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, PA. He has assisted in various charity drives, helping to raise more than $21,000 for Cornerstone of Hope, a local grieving center.
Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management Scholarship The Conklin Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Al Conklin, a U.S. Air Force veteran, business aviation leader and member of NBAA's Operations Committee for many years. This year's recipient is Kyle Budewitz, a senior at Lewis University majoring in aviation flight management with a minor in business administration. He has a private pilot license with an instrument rating and is working on his commercial license. He has worked as a line service technician at Dodge County Airport in Wisconsin. As a member of the Lewis University Flight Team, Budewitz competed in the 2014 National SAFECOM, where the team finished 10th nationally. He placed ninth individually out of 135 competitors in simulated comprehensive aircraft navigation. William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship The Fanning Scholarship recognizes individuals who are studying to enter the field of business aviation maintenance. The scholarship is named in honor of retired NBAA staff member William M. Fanning, who was active in maintenance issues during his nearly 20-year tenure at the Association. This year’s recipients are:
  • Mark Brutke is a junior at South Seattle College, where he has been on the honor roll and dean’s list. In 2016, he will complete the two-year program for both airframe and power plant certificates, along with an associate’s of applied science degree in aeronautical technology. Brutke plans to further his studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in workplace/occupational safety.
  • Justin Moore has been accepted into the airframe and powerplant program at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Community and Technical College. Moore’s many extracurricular activities have included the Talkeetna Build-a-Plane, through which he is currently working on a Cherokee 6/PA32-300 aircraft. Since 2011, he has worked at K2 Aviation as a summer aviation mechanic helper. Moore is also dedicated to community service; he assisted with evacuation, sand bagging and helping to move household goods out of danger during the Talkeetna flood of 2011.
Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship The Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship was created in 2001 by NBAA Charities, and the family and friends of the late Lawrence Ginocchio, to honor his outstanding personal contribution to business aviation. Recipients should possess a passion for aviation and should have utilized their interest or involvement in business aviation to enhance the lives of others. This year, the following students received this award:
  • Dana Atkins is a junior at University of North Dakota (UND), majoring in aviation management. Her career goal is to work abroad for the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO) as a liaison between local governments and ICAO. Atkins is part of the Student Aviation Management Association, in which she will be conference co-director for the 2014 to 2015 academic year. Atkins has been on the UND Flying Team – National Intercollegiate Flying Association since spring 2014, and is a private pilot with 120 total hours. Atkins has performed volunteer work at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.
  • William Dirks is a sophomore at University of North Dakota, majoring in aviation management. He is a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at UND, and was awarded Outstanding Cadet MSI/MSII for 2013/2014. Dirks has served as the ROTC Raider’s Club president since 2013, and he has been an EAA Chapter 1342 member since 2013. He holds a private pilot license. Dirks has volunteered at the Special Olympics and at UND sporting events.
  • Nathan Douglas is a sophomore at Western Michigan University, studying aviation flight science. He has his private pilot license and earned his instrument rating in May 2014. He plans to continue his commercial training to become a certified flight instructor. Douglas has performed extensive volunteer work, including assisting the KRESA Young Adult Program as a weekly volunteer.
  • Nicholas Meyer is a junior at the University of North Dakota, studying aviation management and air traffic control. He holds his private pilot license, and as a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, he assisted with the annual B-17 Flying Fortress Tour in Van Nuys, CA. Meyer was awarded a Congressional Award Gold Medal, which is presented by the United States Congress to young adults who have achieved goals in public service, personal development, fitness and exploration. Meyer volunteered for two terms as president for Aviation Explorer Post 747, where he raised more than $2,000.
  • Logan Salaki, a senior at Arizona State University, is majoring in air traffic management and aeronautical management technology. He worked as a training department intern at the Federal Aviation Administration in Phoenix, AZ. He has been a student member of American Association of Airport Executives since 2013, and treasurer for the Alpha Eta Rho Professional Aviation Fraternity since 2011. Salaki has performed volunteer work at Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity and Falcon Field Airport.
NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship The NORDAM Dee Howard/Etienne Fage Scholarship was created by NBAA Charities and NORDAM to honor the lifetime achievements of two aerospace engineering pioneers, Dee Howard and Etienne Fage. This year’s recipient is Ciara Thompson, a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ, where she is studying aerospace engineering. Thompson learned about business aviation as a teenager in Ghana, where she saw its direct benefits to the livelihood of the community. She has been a member of the Society of Women Engineers since 2011, and in that time she has held almost every title available; currently serving as president. Thompson has been on the dean’s list every year since 2011, and during the 2012-13 school year, she was awarded the Best Female Student of the College of Engineering award. Throughout her studies, she has worked on several engineering projects with the Society of Women Engineers, and she is currently conducting research on computational fluid dynamics. Thompson wants to expand aviation through businesses in developing countries to give students and communities in those countries the same opportunities that she has. Eddie Queen Business Aviation Management Scholarship Along with Signature Flight Support, NBAA Charities created the Eddie Queen Business Aviation Management scholarship to honor the memory of Eddie Queen, a Signature Flight Support line service technician for 58 years. His dedication and commitment were an inspiration to all who benefitted from his service. Applicants must show a passion for aviation and demonstrate superior customer service skills, as Eddie Queen did. This year's recipient is Aaron Lenkersdorfer, a sophomore at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. He has a 4.0 grade point average, and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in aviation administration. Upon graduation, Lenkersdorfer plans to become a U.S. Army aviation officer. He is a dispatcher at the Utah Valley University College of Aviation and Public Services, and a soldier in the Utah Army National Guard with the 211 Aviation Regiment. He is also an Eagle Scout and member of the Utah Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. Lenkersdorfer has served as a volunteer in Russia and Belarus and is fluent in Russian. To learn more about the numerous scholarship opportunities offered by NBAA Charities, contact Jay Evans, director, professional development, at (202) 783-9353 or jevans@nbaa.org, or visit www.nbaa.org/scholarships. For complete coverage of NBAA2014, visit the NBAA2014 Online News Bureau. # # # Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org. Members of the media may receive NBAA Press Releases immediately via email. To subscribe to the NBAA Press Release email list, submit the online form.
Listen to an NBAA Flight Plan podcast on addressing talent pipeline challenges. This is the eighth podcast in a series about NBAA’s 2014 Top Safety Focus areas. The NBAA Safety Committee has identified concerns about the talent pipeline in business aviation as one of its 2014 Top Safety Focus Areas, as flight departments around the country look to attract more young people to careers in business aviation and keep them in these jobs. In its definition of talent pipeline challenges, the Safety Committee noted, “The forecasted shortage of business aviation professionals will create challenges in attracting, developmental mentoring and retaining new professionals who can safely manage, maintain, service and fly business aircraft into the future.” “My first reaction is that these [issues] are definitely distractors for flight departments,” said David Ryan, director of flight operations for MedImpact and secretary of the NBAA Safety Committee. In addition to the daily challenges of trying to meet the operational needs of the department, the needs of company leaders and ongoing training requirements, he said operators will have a hard time dealing with employees who spend two to five years becoming familiar with the operation only to leave for another job. It is perceived by many as a perfect storm – a combination of greater demand for pilots and maintenance technicians, the impending retirement of current professionals and the fact that the number of people entering the business aviation field is flat, if not declining, said Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International, a talent acquisition firm that focuses solely on fulfilling the needs of both business aircraft operators and industry professionals. The distractions these concerns cause within FAR Part 91 and Part 135 flight departments is so tangible, according to Ryan, that many departments are addressing them with a tool in their safety management systems called change management, Ryan said. “It’s used to help manage the distractors, such as taking on a new hire who has individual techniques and styles of getting the job done, as well as bringing that person up to speed on the policies and practices of the department,” he said. “These are all stressors that we need to minimize as best as possible.” “We need to become more competitive in a number of things,” suggested Barden. “We need to become more creative in how to bring new people into the industry. If we make business aviation such an engaging place and compensate our new employees appropriately, we can certainly be more competitive than the airlines from the sheer standpoint of the enjoyment they get out of the job.” Safety culture, sound values and a solid compensation package are all key elements in that equation, according to Ryan. “We need to make it impossible for them to leave,” he said. For those attending NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) in Orlando, FL, the Association’s Young Professionals in Business Aviation group is hosting the Soar networking event on Oct. 21 for rising and current industry leaders.

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