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

September 19, 2018
September 19, 2018
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 said. 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 Mente. 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, molly.mcmillin@aviationweek.com