Mente Group Talent Management Business Practice created to retain and hire business aviation professionals


Brian Proctor

San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 6, 2018 – Mente Group aviation advisory firm has formed a talent management business to address shortages of pilots, mechanics and support personnel for the company’s business aviation clientele.

“The business aviation industry is currently suffering from a convergence of negative regulatory factors and aggressive hiring practices from airlines,” said Mente Group President and CEO Brian Proctor. “To counter these negative influences, Mente Group has created Mente Talent Management to develop retention and hiring strategies to protect the fleet assets of business aircraft owners and operators.”

Heading the new business practice is Colleen Kelly, Mente’s Executive Vice President of Talent Management. She is based in the San Francisco Bay area, with reach across the world. Launch customers for Mente’s Talent Management include a major defense contractor and a huge producer of consumer products, both flying internationally.

Mente Talent Management will focus on providing Mente’s clients with the appropriate  personnel resources to support their aircraft fleets. Talent Management tools include flight department startups, flight department interim management, personnel placements, compensation studies, and retention studies.

Kelly’s career has been devoted to placing aviation professionals in public and private companies for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona and has studied International Marketing at the University of Westminster in London.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Mente Group is a leading business aviation and flight department advisory company specializing in aircraft transactions, talent management, asset management, and strategic, operational and technical consulting. Mente serves large corporations, growth companies and private individuals worldwide. Its advisors have handled $10 billion in aircraft transactions and performed more than 500 business jet consultations.

Mente Group has partnered with many of the world’s largest corporations, prominent entrepreneurs, growth companies, and private individuals, including Andor Capital, Bank of Texas, BNSF Railway, Capital One, Delhaize Group, Entergy, Food Lion, JPMorgan Chase, LG, MassMutual Financial Group, Medical Properties Trust, MetLife, Northpark Management, Inc., Quexco, Inc., Raytheon, Sprint, Stanley Black & Decker, Summit Alliance, and Williams-Sonoma.

Mente Group is a member of Air Charter Safety Foundation, International Business Aviation Council, National Business Aviation Association, National Aircraft Resale Association, and the National Aircraft Finance Association.