JaWhan is a dedicated resident of West Michigan with a strong work ethic instilled in him by his parents. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, JaWhan grew up witnessing his father's tireless efforts to provide for the family. His mother, a proud Union Steward at the Post Office, also played a significant role in shaping his understanding of hard work and service.
In 2004, JaWhan made the move to Kentwood and embarked on a career in the Avionics industry. Over the years, he gained valuable experience working for various firms before landing a position at GE Aerospace in 2011. It was there that he became actively involved in the Union, initially serving as the Election Committee Chair. JaWhan's impressive dedication and ability to connect with his colleagues led to his election as Steward on two separate occasions. Currently, he is proudly serving his third term as President of UAW Local 330.
As Steward, JaWhan consistently demonstrated his commitment to enhancing employee morale and minimizing disruptions in the workplace by resolving disputes and fostering positive relationships among colleagues. During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, he worked closely with management to prioritize the safety of the employees.
With extensive experience as a negotiator, JaWhan has achieved numerous victories at the bargaining table. His exceptional problem-solving skills and unwavering support for working-class families have established him as a tenacious advocate for those in need.
In his leisure time, JaWhan cherishes moments spent with his wife Kelly and their three children, Ella, Damyan, and Savannah.