Aviation & Aerospace

Managing Partner Rod McDermott, Principal Consultant Craig Sabina and Partner Jeff Black are seasoned executives with decades of entrepreneurship, recruiting and staffing experience. Rod and Craig are active, multi-thousand-hour, turbine aircraft pilots. Rod has worked with leading aviation companies including Honeywell, Boeing and BBA, building senior leadership teams serving general, commercial and military aviation customers. Craig also has extensive experience in avionics interface design. Jeff brings many years of experience specializing in aerospace, defense, and information systems. Together, they offer a truly unique experience and skill set to our Aviation & Aerospace clients.


A Partial List of Clients:
Daher/Socata, Diamond Aircraft, Hartzell, Honeywell, Insitu, Jet Aviation, Keystone Aviation, One Aviation, Panasonic Avionics, Port of Portland, Thrush Aircraft, Wipaire

C-suite and Board, including CEO, President, COO, CFO, CTO, CIO, Vice President, Director/Manager

5 Leaders, 5 Questions, 5 Days

This week during AirVenture, we are bringing you thought-provoking insights from five aviation industry leaders. Rhett Ross from Continental Motors, Nicolas Chabbert from Daher/Socata, Pat Waddick from Cirrus, Simon Caldecott from Piper, and Ken McKenzie from Airbus talk about the most pressing issues facing the industry today, share news about their organizations, and talk about what they are excited to see at the show this year.

Day 1 Discussion

In 1974, the general aviation industry delivered nearly 14,000 new aircraft, and last year, a little north of 2,000. What will it take to grow these numbers again?

AirVenture 2016 #1 Growth from McDermott & Bull on Vimeo.


Day 2 Discussion

How can we get the North American pilot population growing again?

AirVenture 2016 #2 – Pilots from McDermott & Bull on Vimeo.

Day 3 Discussion

With respect to your role as a leader in the Aviation & Aerospace Industry, what keeps you up at night, both challenges and opportunities?

AirVenture 2016 #3 – Challenges from McDermott & Bull on Vimeo.

Day 4 Discussion

What technology breakthroughs do you see helping to drive industry growth?

AirVenture 2016 #4 – Technology from McDermott & Bull on Vimeo.

Day 5 Discussion

Please share some news with us about your company here at AirVenture and what you have seen or you are excited to see while you are here this year.

AirVenture 2016 #5 – Company News from McDermott & Bull on Vimeo.

Proper sourcing of top executive talent is time consuming, detail oriented work. Great executive search firms make the process so much more efficient while dramatically improving the experience for companies and candidates. McDermott & Bull is one of the best.

Jack Pelton, CEO, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) & Former CEO, Cessna

I had the good fortune to work with McDermott & Bull, building a world-class leadership team at Bendix King. Their strategic counsel, process, professionalism and dedication were instrumental in helping us recruit a number of exceptionally talented leaders over a multi-year period, positioning the company to re-emerge as a potent force in General Aviation in the years to come.

Kevin Gould, Former President, BendixKing by Honeywell

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