Meet Kurt Hendrix , our Senior Vice President

A multi-talented ex-Army pilot, Kurt Hendrix has been an integral part of Hendrix Business Systems for more than three decades.  As a teenager, Kurt worked as a delivery person for his father, who was service manager at Royal Typewriters in Charlotte at the time.  However, he was quite eager to get out there and learn all sorts of new things. Initially, he went to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for one semester. After that, he took about six months off before joining the Army where he became a helicopter pilot, serving for three years as an aviation warrant officer. He finally went back to college, this time at UNC Charlotte, where he majored in English and graduated summa cum laude in the year 1977. Kurt later served some additional years as a Commissioned Officer in the Army before going to work at Hendrix Business Systems,  a company started his father. He joined with his brother and brother-in-law to keep the mantle alight and the ball rolling when his father retired. In the beginning, they had only three technicians and one salesman/delivery person and today, Hendrix Business Systems has grown and expanded to employ sixty-five people, working at not just one but four locations!

Kurt explains that one of the best things about Hendrix Business Systems is the personal interactions between staff members and clients. Watching that one-on-one connection flowing from our technicians to our clients and vice versa has been one of the most fulfilling things for him and definitely something that he envisioned as part of the Hendrix culture. As Senior Vice President, he has always taken his role seriously. With reference to an old elementary joke, “Why do ducks have flat feet? To stomp out forest fires. Why do elephants have flat feet? To stomp out flaming ducks”, Kurt says he’s the guy who ‘stomps out flaming ducks’. No, not literally guys! That would be really bad for the ducks! What Kurt means is that he is able to bring more assets into play to solve a problem, perhaps even assets from other branches, on which a more junior manager might not be able to call. He credits his ability do this because the time he served in the Army, where the greatest lesson he learned was that it is always about the people involved and how they work together.

When Kurt is not at work, he spends his time reading, even on the go! He thinks it’s amazing how you can probably fit several thousand books, an entire library, on a tablet or iPad. So convenient he says! Apart from that, he enjoys spending a lot of time hiking with his wife Susan. He loves the talks they have and there is always an opportunity to learn and grow together. Kurt also enjoys writing. In fact, he got an opportunity to write for his church’s newsletter column and found that to be very rewarding.

For the most part, Kurt’s job is to hold the fort down and sometimes that can be a weighing task but he lives and works by the lesson that the most important part of a business is the people!  Kurt wanted to personally take the time out to extend warm Christmas wishes to all of our clients, the employees and any supplier or third party businesses that have in some way, contributed to the growth and success of Hendrix Business Systems. Your continuous support, loyalty, understanding, and constant dedication is the reason we shine so brightly. And on behalf of our Hendrix family, we hope that on this Christmas and always, that you shine as brightly as you always can! Happy holidays!