Author: Dan Henderson

I’m passionate about people, purpose, and giving back. After starting my first company at 19, I’ve since started, acquired, or sold many more, including, and most recently DOYLES, an Inc. 5000 recipient in 2008/09. However, it’s not been all glamour, but rather full of ups and downs, with many lessons learned. I work very hard to remain #humble, to be #kind, and remain #hungry. Over the past twenty years, I’ve led companies through exponential growth, and high-stakes turn arounds, and am currently founder and CEO of HENDERSON Energy Holdings, an O&G manufacturer of drilling rigs, equipment, piping, and more, and a Forbes Best Small company of 2019. Additionally, I co-founded PH Steel, with my best friend, and business partner Cris Proler, an industrial steel recycling company. We work at being servant-leaders, are values-driven, cultural intentional, and obsessed with customer service. I’m determined to do the right thing, and make no apologies for telling the truth. My direct, non-conforming style is certainly uncommon, but my transparency disarming. I never wanted to be the boss, nor did I have aspirations of being a leader. However, I learned early in my entrepreneurial career that the opposite of want is need, and I needed to lead; it just took 15 years for me to surrender to that calling. I’m driven, goal-oriented, have unrealistic expectations of others, am terribly impatient, and among other things, have been called a reality distortionist. I was an ADD denier for 25 years, and recently surrendered. Most would never believe that I’m an introvert, and experience high levels of social anxiety. What drives me more than anything is my desire to make a difference. I’m a giver, and if not careful, a martyr. I was the first to finish high school in my family, attended a total of three colleges before earning an undergraduate degree from Dallas Baptist University. I played baseball through college, and some professional ball as welll. My bride Ashley and I have five kids, live in Houston, enjoy traveling, and spending time together and as a family. We give big to a few organizations and small and often to many more. Our non-profits include Acceptance & Give Big Texas. Giving is living!

To Blog or Not to Blog

While attending the Inc. 5000 conference last year, Tom Peters, the self-proclaimed guru on entrepreneurship said that if you’re not blogging, you’re an idiot. Ok, perhaps I’m paraphrasing a bit, but in essence his point was that blogging isn’t about having someone or anyone for that matter read what you blog about, but more importantly its about capturing and developing your thoughts. So for the last several months, I’ve been thinking about whether or not I should join the millions of other bloggers out there, what I would blog about, and whether or not it was something I could commit to.

After much deliberation, research, and anticipation, I have made the resolution that I am officially a blogger as of today. I’m not sure what I’m getting myself into, and I making no commitments to the frequency of my blogs, but then again, isn’t that my prerogative.

Integrity

It’s amazing to me how loosely people use the word integrity, especially in business. I would like to think of myself as one who operates with a great deal of integrity. However, there have been times when my integrity has been compromised. Of those times, it always had to do with personal gain. So the question of course is whether or not you lack integrity if you’ve ever compromised it. If that’s the case, then I guess I’m a person who lacks integrity, however if it is possible for one to reclaim their integrity by taking responsibility and owning up to their indiscretion, then there is hope for me.

I want to be known as a person of integrity. One who always “does the right thing” as a friend of mine always says. I want to inspire others to do the right thing, even when no one is looking. There’s a certain amount of pride that comes from knowing you did the right thing, even if it’s only you who knows.

No Man’s Land

Our CFO recently gave me a book called No Man’s Land by Doug Tatum. To my amazement, I realized that I’m not crazy, and that everything spinning out of control is actually normal when you take a company from 10 employees to 200 in 3 years. It’s interesting to think that a company can actually be profitable month to month, but have negative cash flows. Simply put, this book identifies with and gives hope to those in No Man’s Land, or the place where companies realize that they are too big to be small, and too small to be big. Although feeling a bit vulnerable, I have realized that we must focus on making the best decisions we can with the information we have, and not worrying about the things we can’t control.

Dubai

Just got back from my first trip to Dubai. A great trip that exposed a great deal of opportunity. We were very well received, and it was very apparent that our desire to have a presence in the region is something to aggressively pursue. One of the most memorable experiences came on my first day. Bobby Stevens picked us up from the hotel in a Chrysler 300. The first thing I heard from this Mississippi native was, “there’s a million ways to make a million dollars in Dubai.” No doubt he was correct.

Aside from the business opportunities, Dubai is a great city. Great hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Very excited about what the future holds…