Sheryl Barden Joins NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council

LAS VEGAS – October 11, 2017 – Today Sheryl Barden, President and CEO of Aviation Personnel International (, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). As Vice Chair of NBAA’s Associate Member Advisory Council, Barden is one of two associate members to serve on the NBAA Board of Directors.

The NBAA Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs of the Association and working together on behalf of NBAA Members to promote business aviation access, operational excellence, professional development, safety and technical standards, and security.

“In countless ways, Sheryl has continually been one of the business aviation community’s most knowledgeable and tireless champions,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We are honored to have her service on our Board of Directors, and we know she will bring the same passion and professionalism to her work on our board that she brings to all her endeavors.”

Barden joined Aviation Personnel International in 2001, as Vice President of Business Development, and she assumed the critical role of President in 2003. She added CEO responsibilities to her position in 2013. API has grown exponentially under her leadership, while always remaining true to the company’s founding principles of integrity, confidentiality and industry-leading client service.

“For the past 70 years, NBAA has served as the cornerstone for the business aviation industry and, as members, we provide a collective voice,” said Barden. “Growing up in the industry as I have, NBAA has always been of great importance to me. I am honored and humbled to serve as a steward for the organization. I look forward to taking a leadership role as our industry continues to support business productivity.”

Barden is an aviation industry thought leader on employment issues, such as the aviation talent shortage and pilot professionalism, and was a contributor at the National Transportation Safety Board’s Safety Symposium, in response to the 2009 Colgan Air accident.

An aviation industry recruitment and talent identification veteran, Barden is a frequent guest speaker for several aviation organizations and an author of numerous articles in industry publications. She is particularly regarded for applying her extensive background in employee search, screening and coaching to fulfill aviation recruiting and human resource consulting needs.

She is a member of the NBAA, Flight Safety Foundation, International Aviation Women’s Association and Women in Corporate Aviation, and she serves on the NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council, as well as chairing its Nominating Committee. Barden is also a member and past president of the International Women’s Forum of Northern California.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Pennsylvania State University, and a MBA from the McLaren School of Business, at the University of San Francisco.

About NBAA

Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, D.C., 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 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

About Aviation Personnel International

Now in its 46th year, Aviation Personnel International (API) is the longest-running, woman-owned business aviation recruitment firm, 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 its extensive aviation knowledge with its expertise in human resources and executive aviation recruitment, with the goal of providing retained talent identification, staff development and outplacement services for flight departments with one or more aircraft.

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