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Adam White

Adam White, 37

VP Aviation Operations Manager



Professional achievements
• Arkansas Business 20 in Their 20s honoree in 2014.
• Selected as a top young professional by ENR Texas & Louisiana in 2022.
• Received Early Career Award from University of Arkansas College of Engineering in 2023.

Community achievements
Teacher of first- and second-year confirmation to high school students at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springdale.

Professional inspiration
“My dad. He has taught me the value of hard work, providing responsive client service and serving the community.”

Professional “aha” moment
“I remember, as a young engineer, having one of my clients send an email to my supervisor bragging about how responsive I was. Not bragging about the quality of my design, not bragging about keeping costs low, but bragging about being responsive. I realized then that simply being responsive could be a differentiator in my career.”

Making Arkansas more attractive to young professionals
“In my experience, we just have to get people here, and they will quickly learn how attractive Arkansas is.”

One word to describe you

First job and lesson learned
“My brother and I had a few lawns we mowed each summer in Russellville. One of those happened to be my dad’s office building on Main Street. I can remember finishing up a cut on one especially hot Arkansas summer day. It wasn’t my best work, but it was hot, I was tired, and I was ready to be back inside. We got a call from my dad a few hours after we finished. Let’s just say he was less than pleased with the end product. We had to immediately drive back out there to clean up the work. I learned a lesson that day that has stuck with me years later: Provide a quality product and exceptional client service, always.”

Top challenge facing Arkansas
“Education. But I don’t think it’s as much education in the sense of math, science, social studies, etc. I think it’s more the education of values. Somehow we have missed the point of the broader role of education, building a well-rounded individual. I have a front-row seat to this gap in education every time I interview young candidates coming out of college. They all can do the math and science, but very few understand how to apply it, how to meet a deadline or how to prioritize tasks.”

Advice for future 40 Under 40 honorees
“I think the keys to separating yourself from your peers are simple: Whatever you do, do it with passion. And listen to your clients’ needs and be responsive to them. It is really that simple.”

Learning from a mentor
“I have had a lot of mentors in my career, all of whom have taught me a lot. One of my favorites was Donnie Smith, former CEO of Tyson, who led a young professionals mentorship group that I participated in. He taught me the value of determining which issues were ‘a hill worth dying on.’ I have to say that I have used that multiple times in my life, both professionally and at home.”

Most valuable lesson
“Be prepared. We can’t control all the variables in our work, but we can always do more to be prepared. The more prepared we are, the more successful we will be at handling unforeseen circumstances.”

Career dream as a child
“Commercial airline pilot.”

Most fulfilling career moment
“I don’t think I have a singular moment. I got into engineering because I love solving problems. Anytime we close out a project that solves some issue an airport was having, I feel fulfilled.”

Best thing about Arkansas
“The people.”

Where you see yourself in 10 years
“Hopefully, sleeping through the night. Four young kids and a busy work schedule do not equate to eight hours of sleep a night!”

Advice for your 18-year-old self
“Spend more time building relationships. Yes, the grades are important, but the relationships are just as, if not more, important.”

How you define success
“We talk a lot about success at a basic level as being able to ‘move the ball forward.’ If I can leave any meeting or event or phone call and know what the next action is, then we have been successful. A project’s success is based on the culmination of lots of those little successes to keep things moving.”


40 Under 40

June 10, 2025

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