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How Top Aerospace Executives Set the Vision, Grow Their Business & Develop Talent

The Aerospace Executive Podcas‪t‬ Craig Picken

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    • 4.8 • 24 Ratings

How Top Aerospace Executives Set the Vision, Grow Their Business & Develop Talent

    The Future of Flight is Hands-Free w/Kempen Cloete

    The Future of Flight is Hands-Free w/Kempen Cloete

    Touchless travel will extend way beyond the pandemic! Touchless travel isn’t a new idea, but it is time to implement it.
    Will we see hands-free technology implemented on airlines in the near future? Are there any other benefits, aside from health concerns, that make the technology a necessity?
    In this episode, Founder and CEO of CUSI Aerospace, Kempen Cloete shares how the Nightingale system is set to revolutionize onboard health and safety measures. 
     
    "Our business has a moral obligation to seek some kind of solution to prevent going through something like flight restrictions ever again." -Kempen Cloete

    Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

    How offerings like the Nightingale system will reduce liability for airlines: There’s always room for human error when people have to make judgment calls. Having the right technology removes the risk and creates an added layer of defense for everyone involved. 
    Why thermal imaging assists more than curbing communicable diseases: Thermal imaging and photo recognition have the ability to identify anyone the moment they step onto an aircraft. This makes it a great way to speed up the boarding process and detect potential terror threats.
    How thermal imaging systems will ensure passengers feel comfortable flying: It doesn’t matter how many times we tell passengers we’ve cleaned an aircraft or that the air onboard is filtered, because seeing is believing. Passengers feel instantly more comfortable when they see a safety feature physically installed. 

     
    Guest Bio:
    Kempen Cloete is the President/CEO and Founder of CUSI Aerospace. With over 3 decades of broad business knowledge in the fields of program management and engineering in the aerospace industry, Kempen also has 20 years of experience in senior management at leading aerospace companies, including Boeing and Bombardier. Today, Kempen is part of the team that has developed Nightingale, a system set to change aerospace as we know it. 
     To find out more, go to:
    https://cusi-aero.com/team-details.html 
     Or contact Kempen directly at 
    kcloete@cusi-aero.com 
    512 470 7574
     
    Learn More About Your Host:
    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 
    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

    • 31 min
    700 MPH Bourbon and a Start-Up w/Scott Sanders

    700 MPH Bourbon and a Start-Up w/Scott Sanders

    Want to be an entrepreneur? Then expect some turbulence along the way. As in any business, ups and downs are inevitable and one can never be too prepared for the unknown.What can we do to give our startups the best shot at success, no matter what life throws our way?From Navy Admiral to Bourbon distiller, Scott Sanders shares how he got his startup off the ground and how his 700 MPH Bourbon will help Marine Corps veterans.
     
    "The key to a successful business lies in doing the research." -Scott Sanders

    Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

    Why success requires more than passion: Just because we enjoy doing something, doesn’t always make it a viable business venture. Take the time to research, and don’t jump right into anything.
    The importance of being open to mindset shifts: In business, there are times when pivoting is non-negotiable. If we want to see great results, we have to be humble enough to make changes sooner rather than later. 
    Why focus is the key to a successful business: Many business owners fail because they’re trying to be everything to everybody. Go 6 inches wide and one mile deep, rather than the other way around.

     
    Guest Bio -
    Scott Sanders is the owner of Tobacco Barn Distillery in Maryland. Prior to starting the business, Scott had a decades-long career in the aviation space, having held executive positions at Wyle and Audley Associates Inc. Scott started his career as a US Navy Rear Admiral, and today, in addition to running Tobacco Barn Distillery, Scott is the Principal Program Director at Envistacom. 
     
    To find out more, go to:
    https://tobaccobarndistillery.com/
    https://tobaccobarndistillery.com/# 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-sanders-45336188
     
    You can also email Scott directly at scott@tobaccobarndistillery.com 
     
    Learn More About Your Host:
    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior-level leadership, sales, and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well-known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 
    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes, AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

    • 31 min
    Why Agility is the Most Important Skill w/Marti Konstant

    Why Agility is the Most Important Skill w/Marti Konstant

    Business evolves quickly and if leaders want to survive they need to adapt along the way. Yesterday’s strategies won’t work tomorrow and we have to adapt to the new reality.
    But, WHAT IS THE NEW REALITY?  
    What should leaders be changing today to ensure their organizations make it to tomorrow? Is there a blueprint for uncharted territory?
    In this episode, workplace futurist, author, and speaker, Marti Konstant shares how to adapt in a rapidly changing world. 
    "When change is happening, don't do nothing. Whether it's good or bad change, you can't stagnate." -Marti Konstant

    Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

    Why poor communication spells disaster in today’s world: Younger generations expect clear communication from their leaders, especially when “things are going south”. Be transparent! 
    Why we need to change the way we think about decision making: Empowerment is the key to effective decision making. Today’s consumers want solutions in real time, so empower employees to resolve issues on their own as they arise.  
    How to be agile while embracing existing skills: Leaders should plan for the future by pursuing knowledge, skills, and experience in parallel. These can be used to augment and update existing expertise, without necessarily starting over.

     
    Guest Bio - 
    Marti Konstant is the CEO and Founder of Konstant Change. A workplace futurist and keynote speaker, Marti is also the bestselling author of Activate Your Agile Career. Marti is a passionate researcher and specializes in curing stagnation for individuals and organizations through agility training and coaching. 
     
    To find out more, go to:http://www.martikonstant.com 
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/martikonstant
    https://www.amazon.com/Activate-Your-Agile-Career-Responding/dp/0998953121/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=career+agility+guide+book&qid=1550594959&s=gateway&sr=8-1 
     
    To sign up for Marti’s newsletter, go to:https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/you-choose-career-agility-2020-marti-konstant-mba 
     
    Learn More About Your Host:
    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 
    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves. 

    • 29 min
    Airline Safety: A Whole New World w/Ben Baldanza

    Airline Safety: A Whole New World w/Ben Baldanza

    The airline industry is renowned for its safety, but the pandemic threw a curveball into the mix. How did airlines fare in terms of creating a safer travel experience in the wake of the virus, and how did our efforts compare to those of other industries?
    Ben Baldanza, former CEO of Spirit Airlines returns to share his thoughts on airline safety during and beyond the pandemic. 
    "The idea is to make flying touchless, with less time spent face to face. The virus will end at some point, but the sense of risk has changed completely." -Ben Baldanza

    Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

    Why the future of flying is touch-free: 5 years from now touchless check-ins and minimal personal contact will be a norm and will be worthy investments.
    What the pandemic means for bigger planes: It could take a couple of years to build back demand. Smaller, narrow-body aircraft such as the Boeing 737 Max, Airbus A320s, and A321s will have an advantage. 
    How aviation has prioritized safety since the start of the virus: From the onset of the coronavirus, the aviation industry has done its part in visible safety precautions, from mask mandates to putting up shields at airports. As an industry, we’ve shown an operational AND biological commitment to safety.

     
    Guest Bio - 
    Ben Baldanza is an industry veteran. Previously the CEO and President of Spirit Airlines, today he serves as the CEO for Diemacher, LLC, and is an Independent Board Director at JetBlue Airways. Ben is also a Forbes Contributor, co-host of the Airlines Confidential Podcast, and has been featured on multiple platforms including Fox Business News, The Today Show, and CNBC. Ben is an Adjunct Professor of Economics at George Mason University. 
     
    To find out more, go to:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/b-ben-baldanza
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/benbaldanza/
    https://diemacherllc.com/about
    https://airlinesconfidential.com/
     
    Learn More About Your Host:
    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior-level leadership, sales, and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well-known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 
    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes, AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

    • 25 min
    Small Businesses, We Have Take Off! w/Brian McCann

    Small Businesses, We Have Take Off! w/Brian McCann

    Innovation, working in small, nimble teams, and driving a culture is what helps small companies compete. Perhaps it’s just the lack of boundaries.  
    Airborne ECS is just one example of a small but mighty business making big waves in the industry. The question is, how have they done it?
    How can small businesses keep pushing the needle on new ideas, and are they ever at an advantage over their bigger, more established peers?
    In this episode, CEO of Airborne ECS, Brian McCann shares how smaller companies can achieve astronomical results. 
     
    "A lot of our success comes from contacting an executive level and letting people know a product like ours exists and the technology is possible." -Brian McCann

    Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

    The advantage smaller companies have over their bigger counterparts: While big companies have more resources, their lead times are often much longer because of all the processes they need to go through. Eliminating boundaries produces big results.
    How working remotely can help small companies secure top talent: Engineers are in high demand. Instead of expecting them to relocate or check in every day, give them the option to work from a place that suits them. If allowed to do so, they will do everything needed to meet the mission
    How to foster great company culture in a newer, smaller, and remote workplace: Smaller companies make it easier for leadership to stay dialed in with the team. Take the time to connect with every person in the organization, even via phone conversations, to build stronger, more genuine relationships.

     
    Guest Bio -
    Brian McCann is the CEO of Airborne ECS, an organization dedicated to addressing the rapidly growing need for niche cooling systems in airborne and ground-based platforms. Prior to this, he served as the Vice President of Business Development at RAM Manufacturing Company. 
     
    To find out more about Airborne ECS and to connect with Brian, go to:https://airborneecs.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-mccann-59bb3aa
     
    You can also email him at
    brian_mccann@airborneecs.com
    And soon, brianm@ig.space 
     
    Learn More About Your Host:
    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior-level leadership, sales, and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well-known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 
    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes, AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

    • 35 min
    What Changes in 2021? w/Ben Baldanza

    What Changes in 2021? w/Ben Baldanza

    What can we expect from the airlines in 2021? How will they change and what will drive their business?
    In this episode, economist and former CEO of Spirit Airlines, Ben Baldanza shares the changes we’ll need to make as an industry. 
     
    "Everybody will have to adjust their business model in some way, shape, or form." -Ben Baldanza

    Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 
     

    How a decrease in business travel will impact the industry: As fewer corporate travelers take to the skies, many airlines will need to adapt their strategies and start making space for more lower-cost options. This will impact the existing low-cost carriers, who will be forced to compete in a different manner.

     

    What less business travel means for wide-body producers: With corporate travelers flying less frequently internationally, the need for widebody aircraft will be reduced. This will affect Boeing and Airbus production rates significantly but it’s not all doom and gloom. There will be opportunities elsewhere.

     

    Where the opportunities lie going forward: Despite the challenges, there is still opportunity for growth in our business. It’s just time to shift our focus into how we’ll make all our passengers feel comfortable throughout the travel experience.

     
    Guest Bio - 
    Ben Baldanza is the CEO of Diemacher, LLC, an Independent Board Director at JetBlue Airways, and former CEO and President of Spirit Airlines. A Forbes Contributor and co-host of the Airlines Confidential Podcast, Ben is an economist and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Economics at George Mason University. Ben is an industry veteran and has been featured on multiple platforms including CNBC, Fox Business News, and The Today Show among others. 
     
    To find out more, go to:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/b-ben-baldanza
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/benbaldanza/
    https://diemacherllc.com/about
    https://airlinesconfidential.com/

    Learn More About Your Host:
     
    Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior-level leadership, sales, and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well-known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 
     
    Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes, AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established as an aerospace executive, or just getting started carving out your niche within the industry - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Craig does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving career in aerospace, and life you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

IV_AliH ,

Excellent!

Every episode is so interesting and informative! Craig does a wonderful job hosting and brings on incredible guests that share really useful insights.

CJThomas6 ,

Fantastic show

Great show! Craig and his guests always share helpful content and insights .

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