Jenny Showalter Joins Aviation Personnel International as Manager, Candidate Services


Jenny Showalter Aviation Personnel International

SAN FRANCISCO – January 19, 2017 – Sheryl Barden, President and CEO of Aviation Personnel International (, today announced the addition of Jenny Showalter as the company’s Manager, Candidate Services. In her new position, Showalter will serve as the key team member responsible for the API Registered ProfessionalTM program, and ensure that API has a strong, diverse and well-vetted pool of business aviation professionals for its clients—most of whom are Fortune 500 companies or private individuals operating a flight department with one or more aircraft.

“With Jenny Showalter’s outstanding reputation in the business aviation industry throughout her two decades of service, our team at API is grateful for the opportunity to bring her on board,” said Barden. “Jenny’s background is particularly well-suited to the work she’ll be doing on behalf of our aviation candidates; she’s a natural leader with an entrepreneurial flair, and has a really excellent grasp of customer service practices within our industry.”

With a goal of serving the needs of business aviation hiring managers, Showalter will assist with expanding the company’s valued relationships with business aviation professionals among key functional areas: leadership, maintenance, flight operations, in-flight services, scheduling and dispatch.

“I love this industry; it’s in my blood,” explained Showalter, about her new position. “I’m thrilled at the opportunity to help other passionate business aviation professionals thrive in this industry and expand their careers.”

Prior to joining API, Showalter served as the Executive Director for the Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA), and was also a member of its board of directors. For 18 years previously, Jenny served as Customer Service Manager / Director of First Impressions for Showalter Flying Service, her family’s third-generation fixed-base operation. Responsible for many business areas, including service, sales and marketing, she assisted with the various needs and requests of flight departments, flight crews and passengers visiting the Orlando area.

Showalter is a member of FABA and its board, as well as a member of the National Business Aviation Association, where she serves on NBAA’s Local and Regional Groups Committee. She is a former decade-long member of the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee, and was the committee’s Chairwoman from 2007-2008. Showalter is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Spanish.

Additional team changes As Manager, Candidate Services, Showalter will replace Jennifer Steele, who has accepted the position of Director, Client Services. In her new position, Steele will work directly with API’s client hiring managers to identify their professional and cultural needs and match them with highly vetted, qualified candidates. She will also help strengthen API’s relationships with its long-term clients and assist in business development opportunities.

To learn more about API’s aviation recruiting services, visit and follow on Twitter at @apiaviation.

About Aviation Personnel International in its 45th 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.


✈ WCA Celebrates Mentorship Program First Anniversary!

Women in Corporate Aviation Celebrate Growing Mentorship Program’s First Anniversary

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fl. – March 3, 2017 – This past February marked the one-year anniversary of Women in Corporate Aviation’s new Mentoring Program, announced Rachel Borsa, WCA Mentor Chair and pilot on the LJ45 for JetSet Aviation.

According to Borsa, since its launch, the mentoring program has created 14 mentor/mentee pairs, with a goal to double that number this year. “New mentees and mentor are matched according to a very specific set of guidelines,” Borsa said. She explained that mentorship participants come from a wide range of aviation backgrounds, including pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, dispatchers and aviation management.

The following details describe the features and requirements of the WCA Corporate Aviation Mentoring Program:

  • The mentor and mentee commit to a one-year time frame, and both of them must be dues-paying WCA members and contributing professionals within the aviation industry. 
  • The mentor/mentee set guidelines and goals for their individualized mentoring program, including development goals list (such as NIFA, safety programs, attending professional conferences, etc.). 
  • The mentor and mentee communicate at least once a month.
  • Mentors and mentees participate in conference calls as well as author blog posts about the program and its progress. 
  • Mentors and Mentees provide periodic feedback about the program and complete an end-of-program survey. 

This past January 23rd, the WCA held its inaugural Mentoring Conference Call to offer its mentorship participants the chance to network as well to share feedback on what it’s like to work in corporate aviation. The next call is scheduled for mid-April.

To become a mentor or mentee, please complete the forms on WCA’s website at (or click the “Mentor” tab on the home page).

About Women in Corporate Aviation 

WCA is a premier 501(C)(3) non-profit premier mentoring association for professionals in corporate and business aviation. Providing networking, mentoring, scholarships and educational opportunities for current and future corporate/business aviation professionals, WCA offers both individual and corporate memberships.


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