President & CEO
An aviation industry recruitment and talent identification veteran, Sheryl Barden is a frequent guest speaker and author for several aviation organizations and 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.
To help API’s clients attract and retain the level of talent they’re seeking, Sheryl serves as a trusted advisor on HR-related matters, such as aviation hiring best practices and competitive compensation packages.
Sheryl joined API 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.
Sheryl 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.
A member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and its Board of Directors, Sheryl serves as Vice Chair of the NBAA Associate Member Advisory Council and is Chair of its Nominating Committee. Sheryl is also a member of the Flight Safety Foundation, International Aviation Women’s Association and Women in Corporate Aviation and International Women’s Forum of Northern California, and is its past president.
Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with an emphasis in Personnel Management from Pennsylvania State University, and a MBA from the McLaren School of Business, at the University of San Francisco.