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Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2023
Beverly Hills, CA

Craig Picken

Managing Partner
Northstar Group


Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, a boutique executive search firm based in Wilmington, NC, 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.

Craig’s professional career started out 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.

During his tenure at Gulfstream, Craig helped drive sales efforts throughout the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa regions and played significant roles in securing sales in Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. From there he moved over to Gulfstream’s newly created “Government and Special Missions” division where he was instrumental helping the company establish sales campaigns for head-of-state and militarized aircraft throughout the world including programs in the U.K, Australia, Israel, Sweden, and Denmark. He also helped to secure Gulfstream’s largest sale ever to the US Government which included firm orders for 37 Gulfstream V’s under the VC-X competition.

While at Bombardier, Craig managed the Southwest territory for Flexjet which included Southern California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. In this role he more than doubled the territory sales volume, producing more than $125M in sales revenue in 3 years.

A Texas Tech Graduate with a B.S. in International Trade, Craig has both lived overseas and conducted business throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.


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