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Meet Thomas Perrin of White Buffalo Enterprises

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thomas Perrin.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Thomas. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
Life presents everyone with challenges and opportunities–to do something or to do nothing. I have always chosen to act on the opportunity, and when necessary, take on the challenges. As an infant, I had begun to walk around the age of nine to ten months, when I was stricken with Infantile Paralysis.

Somehow I overcame the disease and began walking again somewhere around the age of 11 months. The disease, however, left me with a permanent limp–one leg smaller than the other. Actually, strangely enough, I was not really consciously aware of my problem and did not let it interfere with my life. I was eight years old, and my brother was four when our parents separated.

From that point forward, we didn’t have what most would call a normal family. Our financial conditions were such that it was necessary for me to find some way to make money–paper routes and employment in our local drugstore provided some money–but not enough. I dropped out of high school and began working at whatever company or organization that might have openings–some good and some not so good.

I did find a position with a radio station which I thought might be my path to the future, but in November of 1956, I was drafted. I spent two years in the US Army stationed in Toul, France. I completed my high school education in the Army and later used the GI Bill to help pay for my college and university expenses to obtain both a bachelors and a masters degree. I married my first wife in 1959. We had two children together, a daughter and a son.

After the Army I had managed to secure a job as a dental laboratory technician–I progressed quickly in this business and became a master crown and bridge technician. I did tire of this trade and used my newly gained knowledge of metals and ceramics to obtain a job as an engineering lab technician in an aerospace company in the Los Angeles area.

I managed to grow through many areas of this business and ultimately rose to the position of Director of Business Development in this company. I married my second wife in 1973, and we have one son together (my wife has two sons from a previous marriage). We have now been married for 45 years.

The aerospace company that I had joined moved the company to Ventura County. I made a decision in 1983 to leave that company and joined another aerospace company in Orange County, where I was hired as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales. I stayed with this company for six years then decided to step out on my own and formed Frontline Management–a consulting company specializing in aerospace sensing systems.

I ran this company for twenty-eight years, then merged the company with the Wilmington Instrument Company in Wilmington, California. I am still active with Frontline, however, I have now formed another company for the purpose of continuing on as a consultant in the instrumentation markets and to further develop my writing. I have now written several short stories and memoirs.

In 2015, I became involved with some social/legal activities and as a result became very familiar with politics in our city–San Juan Capistrano. I found city politics to be interesting and I applied for a commission position and was accepted as a Parks, Recreation, Youth & Senior Services commissioner. I have also been writing human interest articles for one of our local newspapers.

I believe this brings us up to date.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road is what you make of it. I have had to overcome many challenges, but all in all, I have successfully achieved my goals. Money has always been an issue, but money is not the most important aspect of my life. I have found that self-actualization is more important, and the positive impact that I can make on the lives of others is more rewarding than financial gain.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about White Buffalo Enterprises – what should we know?
I have a diverse background covering many areas, most of which are related to sensing mechanisms as required in aerospace, industrial, municipal and commercial systems. My ability to understand the requirements of any particular application and to determine solutions for these requirements does set me apart from many others in these markets. My writing skills have always added to my success. I take pride in my work and always strive for excellence.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Communications!

Contact Info:

  • Address: 27703 Ortega Highway, Unit 151, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • Website: www.whitebuffaloenterprises.net
  • Phone: 949-275-5234
  • Email: tomperrin@cox.net or tom@whitebuffaloenterprises.net

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