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Featured business person: Jason White

Jason White

General manager, Aero-Mach Labs

Many Wichitans may remember White as a key part of two Wichita State Shocker baseball teams that made it to the College World Series.

He’s spent the past 16 years in the city’s aviation industry, showing the lessons he learned in college about competition and teamwork weren’t wasted.

“The aviation industry is a large industry with a very tight network of people,” he said. “I think Aero-Mach has been successful at establishing those relationships over the more than 40 years they’ve been in business.”

White, 42, grew up in Midwest City, Okla., fascinated by the aircraft flying in and out of Tinker Air Force Base.

After two years at Oklahoma Baptist College, White transferred to WSU and helped take the Shockers to the 1991 and 1992 College World Series.

A power-hitting, slick-fielding first baseman, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics and spent four years in its minor league system, rising as high as Double A ball.

In 1996, he decided to leave baseball and put his degree in business administration to use.

“I think I saw the writing on the wall,” he said. “I was behind (Oakland A superstars) Mark McGwire and Jason Giambi at the time. I was 26. Baseball had been very good to me, but I realized there was probably life outside baseball.”

White held supply chain management jobs with Bombardier and Hawker Beechcraft before moving in March to Aero-Mach, which repairs and overhauls instrument and fuel system components.

“I had dealt with Aero-Mach over the last 12 years in previous positions,” he said. “They were looking for a general manager, and I felt like it was a good fit for both of us.”

White has a son, Kennison, 12, and daughter, Carson, 10. He enjoys coaching youth sports, golfing and other outdoor sports.

-- Joe Stumpe

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