David White, president and CEO of Hot Shot Manufacturing, has served those roles with his company since buying it in 2004 when it was called Cajun Archery.
Before acquiring the company, David spent 12 years in the automotive industry, working in operations, purchasing, warehouse management, lean manufacturing and program management. David also spent five years on active duty in the U.S. Navy and four years in the Naval Reserve. He served aboard submarines and was also a diver.
David previously served on the ATA Board from 2008 to 2010. He was appointed to the Board in 2013 to fill a vacancy, and will serve through March 31, 2014. David has been a longtime ATA supporter, and frequently works on issues regarding government regulations and taxation.
He invests much of his time and effort into growing archery by increasing youth participation. He thinks archery's future depends on making archery accessible to youngsters as they complete school programs and look for ways to keep enjoying archery. His goal is to keep working with dealers and manufacturers through the ATA to turn that youthful enthusiasm into a "sport for life."
David believes ATA members are the "Main Street" businesses that drive the industry's economy. "The issues that affect other small companies in this economy affect everyone," he said. "We must demonstrate the value of archery as a management and revenue tool for state wildlife agencies. Those agencies need archery and we need them if we're going to grow our sports."
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