The Faces of PSA – Meet Val Zimmerman

GLINTstudios_Mindsalt-PSA_0391 (1)Title: Lead Pilot Recruiter

How long have you worked for PSA? 16 years. I started out working as a ramp agent for PSA in Cincinnati while flight instructing until I had enough time to transition to Flight Operations as a First Officer.

How long have you been in the airline industry? 16 years, 4 months

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I manage all aspects of the pilot recruiting effort at PSA. This includes managing the recruiting events, the pilot recruiters, relationships with organizations and schools and the Pilot Cadet Program.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? The Grand Canyon.

What are some of your hobbies? I love general aviation flying, enjoy golfing and spending time with my family.

What do you love about working for PSA? The people here at PSA have made this company a home for me. I have made some lifelong friends here and love being a part of this family.

Why would you recommend PSA? I have grown up with PSA. I have seen the company go through fleet changes, furloughs, downgrades, upgrades and multiple leadership changes over the years. I can honestly say, that I have never seen PSA’s future look so bright!  It is such an amazing thing to be a part of. PSA has given me opportunities when I didn’t think there were any. This is a place where you can grow and that means a lot.

Tell us something about your role that most people don’t know. I help manage our company’s social media accounts.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part of my job is getting to go through the new hire experience with new pilots. It is exciting and motivating to see young pilots just starting their career knowing that their decision to come to PSA will land them at American Airlines.

Tell us something no one knows about you. I’m starting a Women In Aviation Chapter in Sacramento, CA.