Interview with Colleen Kelly, Talent Management, in Weekly of Business Aviation

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

Mente Group Adds Talent Management Division

Mente Group has added a new talent management division
to address shortages of pilots, mechanics and other
personnel in business aviation.
The division will provide clients with personnel to support their
aircraft fleets and tools, such as compensation and retention studies.
The purpose is “to protect the fleet assets of business aircraft
owners and operators,” said Mente Group President and CEO
Brian Proctor.
Mente added Colleen Kelly as the division’s vice president based
in the San Francisco Bay area.
Admittedly, “I don’t view it as the easiest job in the world,”
Kelly said. “The inventory just isn’t there.”
But Kelly added she is up for the challenge. “I feel solid,” she
Kelly gets to know Mente’s clients, their culture and what is
important to them.
“Then we will present an in-depth review of candidates to be
considered,” she said. “We take the headache out of the search
for them.”
Launch customers for Mente’s Talent Management include
a major defense contractor and a large producer of consumer
products. Both fly internationally.
During the downturn, many job candidates were seeking
employment. Now, many have secured positions with flight departments,
Kelly said.
Media coverage of pilot shortages have caused those who have
been historically happy in their positions to question whether they
should be exploring the job market, she said.
“They are getting calls,” Kelly said. “They’re more open than
ever before, which puts more pressure on the leader of the aviation
department and HR department to take a strong look at the entire
package, which is not just compensation, but time off, quality of
life, benefits security [and] culture.”
Demand for personnel is international.
“Everybody’s competing,” Kelly said, although many pilots do
not want to move to the airlines. But it remains a problem that is
filtering to corporate aviation.
“If you lose somebody to commercial [aviation], you now have
to replace that person,” she said.
Kelly will use her resources and network to recruit the skills
clients require.
Candidates interested in future openings may also register with
The company also provides retention studies and shares with
clients the cost of retraining someone.
The Dallas, Texas-based Mente is a business aviation and flight
department advisory company that, besides talent management,
specializes in aircraft transactions, asset management and strategic,
operational and technical consulting.
—Molly McMillin,


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