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.

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