Janice Barden

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Janice Barden

API’s Founder

Janice Barden was a contributing member of the aviation community for more than 60 years, establishing Aviation Personnel International in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1971.

Under her leadership, API’s professional and technical expertise has contributed immeasurably to hundreds of outstanding flight operations, setting a high bar for quality and performance in the industry.

An industrial psychologist, Janice developed the company’s Psychological Testing Program, a successful battery that has since evolved and become an API recruiting best practice.

She completed her undergraduate work in Business Aviation at Miami University and has the distinction of being the first Kent State University Graduate in Industrial Psychology.

A summary of Janice’s awards, accolades and honors throughout her career would itself fill a book, but following are some of the more notable:

  • Recognized as an aviation industry “Game Changer” at the 2015 NBAA Leadership Conference.
  • Inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 2015.
  • One of five recipients of the National Aeronautical Association’s Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award in 2013.
  • 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, given 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 eight times as NBAA Local Committee Chairman, more than any other person in NBAA history and the only woman to serve as chair. The Local Committee Chairwoman 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.
  • Served as the Director, History of Aviation Collection for the University of Texas/Dallas since its inception.
  • Appointed by President 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. Also appointed to the President’s Committee for the Rehabilitation of returning Vietnam prisoner of war (POW) pilots.
  • Named as a “Star Performer” by Professional Pilot magazine.
  • Served as the Federal Jury Commissioner Eastern District of Louisiana from 1965 to 2007.
  • Listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in Aviation and Who’s Who in the South.

In addition to these many accomplishments, working on behalf of the aviation industry, Janice Barden also served on numerous boards of directors, commissions and organizations. Among them, she was a member of the National Business Aviation Association and Flight Safety Foundation.

In 2003, Janice K. Barden passed her leadership role as API’s president to Sheryl Barden, and continued to serve as the company’s chairman until her passing in July, 2016.


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