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Meet Our New Board Chair – Jonathan White

Posted November 25, 2019

Jonathan drives business transformation in engineering, operations, financial and strategy development. This includes building effective management and field level teams, hiring and mentoring specialized top tier technical consultants and senior level personnel. He employs a leadership style that fosters collaboration with the goal of organizational shared vision.

Early in his career, he performed work as a Nuclear Engineer, Radiological Engineer and Production Manager at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. What a tremendous opportunity to work on Navy assets such as nuclear Aircraft Carriers, Submarines, and nuclear facilities/support systems.

In 2001 Mr. White was selected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to attend the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program to gain a perspective on military operations and policy. The objective was to provide an enterprise perspective of joint military operations while preparing a cadre of civilian leaders for senior level positions providing.  Jonathan worked with several major defense contractors as a Senior Consultant in the performance of program management and other vast engineering and modernization initiatives.

In 2008 he joined DHS USCG working several top tier modernization efforts providing strategic support to personnel and various senior leaders. His most notable accomplishment was working across the Coast Guard enterprise to standup the Director of Operations Logistics Command and the supporting Base Operations. This was the beginning of many transformation efforts.

Mr. White decided in January 2019 to start his own his company, Optimum Performance & Strategic Consulting, LLC. It was driven by his faith and his internal desire to run his own company. The primary purpose is to tirelessly help clients define key strategies, manage technology initiatives, optimize operations, and achieve significant returns on their people, processes, and technology investments.

Jonathan has been married for 25 years to Shepelle Watkins-White and they have two beautiful daughters, Alexis and Logan. He and his wife reside in Suffolk and he loves his ladies. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from NC A&T State University. He is a certified PMP, LSS BB, ITIL v3 as well as other accomplishments. Jon enjoys spending time with family, vacationing, volunteering in his local church and supporting other charitable events.


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