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Recruiting “A Players”

July 10, 2019

Everyone wants the “A’s.”  Getting them is easier said than done.  Worse, some companies discourage the best candidates via poor recruiting practices.

On this episode, we discuss the best way to approach the recruitment process.



You should always be recruiting internally first. -Craig Picken


Takeaways + Tactics 

  • ALWAYS develop your bench. Constant people development is THE key to long-term success

  • Your best recruiting pipeline comes from your teammates.  Want a great Ops Manager? Ask one of your Ops Managers… 

  • Status quo gets you nothing. Your competitor’s superstar VP of Sales already has a good job. What are you going to do for him or her that makes THEIR life better?


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. 


To contact Craig, call him on 910-509-7129

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