David G. Drugman
Vice President Executive Search
Dave has the reputation of a creative and aggressive recruitment practitioner with extensive experience developing and managing high-volume staffing functions. Over the span of his career, the organizations he has worked for have been responsible for hiring tens of thousands of engineers and management professionals in the Aviation, Aerospace and Defense industries. Dave has held positions ranging from Sector Employment Director to Vice President Human Resources.
He served in military intelligence as an interrogator and did graduate work at the University of Florida and Florida Institute of Technology. His first positions in the industry were with engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and Garrett AiResearch. He spent a decade in the aerospace and defense industry with TRW/Northrop Grumman and has been directly employed by business jet OEM startups Safire Aircraft Company and Honda Aircraft Company as their senior HR executive. He has supported engineering and R&D organizations since the beginning of his career.
Dave joined Honda Aircraft Company's predecessor, Honda Research and Development, in 2006 – two months before the official establishment of the Honda Aircraft Company. Prior to joining the company, Dave performed consulting work for Honda Research and Development for almost two years, during which time he conducted numerous special search assignments. As Honda Aircraft Company's senior HR executive, he helped the company grow to more than 500 associates in the first five years.
During the 90's, he ran his own consulting firm, Bay Cities Research, Inc., providing HR and recruiting support to aviation, aerospace and defense companies such as Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Allied Signal, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Hughes Aircraft Company, Rockwell, FedEx, Aviation Technology Group, Snow Aviation, and Atlantic-Aero. Additionally, the US Air Force and the National Security Agency were his clients.
Dave has had the honor of personally providing both HR and recruiting counseling/support to numerous executives including a NASA Administrator; a former Secretary of the Navy; an Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Integration; and a past Director of the National Security Agency and namesake of the USAF Weapons Lab. Dave has been officially recognized by the US Government for his staffing efforts made on behalf of critical, classified national security programs.
He has been a member of several organizations supporting the aviation and aerospace community, such as the Florida Aviation Trades Association, the Florida Aviation and Aerospace Alliance, the Southeastern Small Aircraft Transportation Systems Lab Consortium (SATS), National Aviation Consortium – National Industry Council, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County Aviation/Aerospace Industry Cluster, Greensboro Economic Development Alliance Aviation Cluster, North Carolina Aviation Institute, board member of the Consortium for Aviation Systems Advancement and currently serves as the Co-chair of the North Carolina Governor's Aerospace Initiative on Workforce Development . He is a Vietnam-era veteran and a commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings.