Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include premier OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. Since 2008 he has personally concluded more than 200 executive level searches in a variety of disciplines.
He is the ONLY industry executive recruiter who has professionally flown airplanes, sold airplanes and successfully run a P&L in the industry he serves.
Craig’s professional career started with a passion for airplanes. After eight years’ experience as a decorated Naval Flight Officer – with more than 100 combat missions, 2,000 hours of flight time and 325 aircraft carrier landings – he sought challenges in business aviation where he spent more than seven years in sales with both Gulfstream Aircraft and Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Outside of aviation Craig helped develop, market and sell some of the country’s premier mountain and coastal resort communities, including the exclusive Greenbrier Sporting Club in West Virginia.
A graduate of Texas Tech University with a B.S. in International Trade, Craig lived in Europe and conducted business throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
He is also a sought-after industry speaker who has presented at Corporate Jet Investor, International Aviation Women’s Association, and SOCAL Aviation Association.
He also runs the Aerospace Executive Podcast which focuses on Aviation industry leadership topics.