NBAA API Panelists

Young bizav professionals in a NBAA15 Millennial Think Tank will share personal experiences and challenge current thinking related to internships, mentoring, training, compensation and professional development.

SAN FRANCISCO (Updated) November 12, 2015 – Business aviation (bizav) hiring managers will hear from a panel of energetic, young professionals—from dispatch manager to maintenance director to an aspiring corporate pilot—regarding their experiences, as Millennials, related to job searches, internships, mentoring, cross-functional training, compensation, work-life balance and more. Sheryl Barden, CEO of Aviation Personnel International, the longest-operating, woman-owned business aviation recruitment firm, will moderate the panel “Attract and Retain Next-Gen Talent in Business Aviation,” which will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon PST at the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Millennial think tank panelists, all under the age of 33, include:

  • Catrina Capistrant, Captain, Visa Inc.
  • Kevin Flynn, Director of Maintenance, AbbVie Inc.
  • Ben Janaitis, Maintenance Technician, DuPont
  • Jeremy Leonard, First Officer, Peninsula Airways (PenAir)
  • Jeff Measamer, Captain, DuPont
  • Shannon Roth, Flight Scheduling & Dispatch Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

“Our bizav talent pool is shrinking, yet competition for young, qualified professionals is becoming fiercer,” explained Sheryl Barden, President and CEO, Aviation Personnel International. “To attract the Next-Generation, it’s critical for flight department hiring managers to understand and integrate the changing dynamics and needs from headquarters, as well as those from up-and-comers,” she added. “Everyone in business aviation has a responsibility to help solve future workforce challenges, which is why we encourage current and future aviation hiring managers to come learn what the future workforce will look like and what leading companies need to do to attract and retain the Next-Generation of aviation professionals.”

Structured as an interactive “think tank,” attendees will be challenged to review current hiring and “people” processes, brainstorm new approaches to attracting, training, mentoring and retaining young professionals, and help flight department leaders implement innovative changes. The session is eligible for Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) application and recertification credit.

For further information and the opportunity to meet with the team at Aviation Personnel International on November 17-19 during the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (, please contact API at +1-415-751-3250 or visit

About Aviation Personnel International

Now celebrating 44 years in aviation, Aviation Personnel International (API) is the longest-operating, woman-owned business aviation recruitment firm in the world, 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 aviation recruitment to provide retained talent identification, staff development and outplacement services for flight departments with one or more aircraft. 



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