Keith Weaver, whose roles have grown with King Aerospace over 23 years, has taken on a new one of increasing importance to the company that maintains, modifies and supports military, government and business aircraft and programs: VP-Business Development.
In the new role, Weaver reports to King Aerospace President Jarid King and leads sales and business development across the King companies.
The intent is to bring a united approach to the sales efforts of King Aerospace Commercial Corp. (KACC), which concentrates on business and corporate aircraft such as the BBJ; King Aerospace Inc. (KAI), which handles military and government work; and KACC ARK, the new facility in Bentonville, Arkansas, serving widebody government special mission aircraft.
“Keith is someone who embodies service to our customers, company and fellow team members,” says Jarid King.
“His experience and expertise are critical to our success. I cannot think of a more dedicated person to take on this challenge and opportunity.”
A graduate of Oklahoma Christian University and a certified public accountant, Weaver joined King Aerospace in 1999 after more than a decade with Stanford Trading Co.
He started out as King Aerospace’s controller and has seen the business grow from 25 employees to over 400.
Taking care of payroll, budgets and other essential financial tasks initially, he steadily moved into sales, first with KACC and later being involved in KAI as well.
“I enjoy contributing to the team and seeing it grow and excel. I know what we stand for, and I support King Aerospace’s mission of serving others before self,” Weaver says.
“Being a smaller business, you get to have an impact on the growth and future of the company.”
Jerry King, founder and chairman, has worked closely with Weaver and recalls his long-lasting dedication extending to helping polish a customer’s plane at 2 in the morning – in addition to his duties keeping the books.
“His servant leadership, his kindness, his attention to detail – he’s got the warrior spirit, the servant’s heart and cares about our mission,” Jerry King says.
“We promoted him because he embraces all these values.”