When Jason White returned to Wichita after playing professional baseball for four years, he decided to join the aviation industry.
He’s held positions at Boeing, Bombardier Learjet and Beechcraft Corp., and last year joined Aero-Mach Labs as general manager.
In December, White will become president of Aero-Mach, succeeding current president Chuck Perkins. Perkins will become the company’s executive director of business development and help with the transition.
The change is part of a long-term succession plan.
White, 43, grew up in Midwest City, Okla., near Tinker Air Force Base, watching airplanes fly overhead.
“I never really thought I’d work in the industry,” White said. “It’s funny how things worked out.”
White headed to Wichita in the early 1990s to play baseball at Wichita State University under former coach Gene Stephenson at a time the team made regular appearances at the College World Series.
“It was a fun time,” White said.
He was drafted by the Oakland A’s to play first base.
In 1996, White left baseball and returned to Wichita, where interviewers at Boeing liked his discipline and offered him a job as a buyer in procurement.
“That’s how it started,” White said. “I got my foot in the door.”
After buying machined parts and sheet metal assemblies from local companies while at Boeing, White accepted a management position at Bombardier Learjet in material planning. He then spent 10 years at Beechcraft, where he served as director of supply chain before being recruited by Aero-Mach last year.
Aero-Mach is a manufacturer and repair facility for aircraft instruments and fuel system components. It employs 120 people at its headquarters at 7707 E. Funston.
White, who has a business degree from WSU, has two children, Kennison, 14, and Carson, 11. When not working, he coaches youth sports and is involved in community events. He likes to play golf.