Grice Group - About Us

Grice Group offers a specialized niche recruiting practice for the airport industry.

We identify, recruit and place the most talented individuals with the leading airport consultants and airports in the world. There is no other recruiting organization with as much experience or strength of industry relationships that Grice has with airport executives, architects, engineers, planners, program managers, and construction managers.

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Airport Industry Niche Focus: Typical Positions Filled

Grice Group specializes in the airport industry: Period. This is our sweet spot. We don’t dabble in it. We didn’t stumble into it. It’s been a very intentional, strategic business decision to help airports and airport consultants grow their teams with the most talented experts in the airport industry.

Here are many of the position titles or specialty areas that Grice has successfully conducted searches for his clients over the years.

Airport Planning

  • Airline Planner
  • Airport Finance
  • Terminal Planner
  • Aviation Environmental Planner
  • Land Use and Urban Planner
  • Noise Planner
  • Master Planner
  • Transportation Planner
  • Airport Concessions
  • Simulations + Modeling
Airport Engineering

  • Consulting Engineer
  • Airport Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Airfield Lighting + Electrical Engineering
  • Pavement Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Roadway Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Airport Utilities + Fueling
Aviation Architecture + Buildings

  • Project Manager
  • Principal
  • Studio Leader
  • Aviation Group Leader
  • Terminal Architect
  • Terminal Planner
  • Aviation Design Architect
  • Production Architect
  • Project Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Building Systems
  • Structural Engineer
Airport Management

  • Airport Director
  • Airport Manager
  • Deputy Airport Director
  • Airport Department Manager
Sales + Marketing

  • Airport Marketing
  • Airport Equipment Sales
  • Account Manager
  • Government Affairs
Airport Equipment + Systems

  • Airport Equipment Sales
  • Airport Information Technology
  • Airport Security Systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Baggage Systems
  • FIDS
  • Systems Integration
  • Jet Bridges + Ramp Equipment
  • Fueling
Mission & Values

  • We bring the most talented aviation experts to the best airport consultants and airports.
  • We do it repeatedly.
  • We take care of our clients; we are loyal.
  • We are passionate about aviation.

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Relationships
About Grice

Grice Group - Grice Whiteley

After graduating from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Aerospace & Ocean Engineering, Grice began his career as a civilian employee of the US Navy in Washington, DC. He served as an aerospace engineer / acquisition logistics manager for the Naval Air Systems Command, NAVAIR, adjacent to the Pentagon, for 3 years.

Grice transitioned to the commercial airport industry by becoming the director of Operations for the Airport Consultants Council, ACC. Headquartered in Alexandria, Grice worked with several Executive Directors growing this airport industry trade association by 200% in membership during his eight years there. As the Number Two role for the ACC, he oversaw member services, created the database, produced publications, and managed the web site, marketing, conferences, finance, and oversaw several staff members.

It was during ACC that the core relationships began to grow with leading airport consulting firms, their principals and leadership teams, and airport executives around the country. Close coordination with AAAE and ACI on industry issues meant an ever-widening awareness of companies’ and individuals’ strengths, brands, teams, and personalities. Grice worked closely with the ACC Board of Governors, making long lasting, trusting relationships with Principals and CEOs of airport organizations.

Relocating his family to the Raleigh-Durham area in 1999, Grice began recruiting individuals for airport consultants and airport directors for Management Recruiters of Raleigh/MRI. He built the airport recruitment practice from scratch to nearly $3 million in airport business in a decade. Along the way, he received awards from his local firm MRI of Raleigh, the MRI North Atlantic region , and the worldwide MRI Network. He was named Account Executive of the Year by relocation partner Global Mobility Systems / FAS in 2002 and then MRI Network Worldwide CSAM of the Year in 2006. He has spoken at recruiting industry events, airport industry conferences, and been featured in training videos for recruiters learning the business. Grice has had extensive continuing education in recruitment industry legal issues, technology, business ethics.

Under the leadership of Grice Whiteley, whose background you can read about in his bio, Grice Group was founded in 2011.  Grice’s unique background as a highly visible individual in the airport industry came about from 8 years in the number two position for the Airport Consultants Council followed by nearly 12 years working for Management Recruiters International.  At MRI he built a highly successful and award winning airport recruitment practice from scratch.

Grice’s unique background brings a significant advantage to anyone in our industry who is searching for experienced individuals to join their airport or consulting team. Similarly, his background opens doors for individuals in the airport industry by helping them identify superior career opportunities.

Grice Group is active in all the key airport industry trade associations, Grice attends the conferences, knows the airport directors, firm principals, and candidates from numerous meetings in person, along with many conversations over the years.  Grice is always identifying and meeting newly emerging leaders in the airport and aviation industry as well.  Learn more about our airports and aviation niche below.

We’d love to talk about your needs, whether they are from the perspective of a client airport or consultant, or whether you’re an experienced airport industry professional considering your future.  Just ask around, people know Grice.  You can read what many of them think about working with Grice in testimonials, and you can learn about Grice Group’s mission and values here.

Grice Group, LLC is based in the Raleigh/Durham area, in the heart of North Carolina’s Research Triangle.  We are minutes from RDU International Airport.

Member and active participant of AAAE, ACC, and ACI.

Recruiting Excellence for the Airport Industry.