In 1985, Bruce graduated from The Ohio State University as a computer engineer. His professional career is marked by progressive growth in influence and responsibility, in a wide variety of settings. He has succeeded in a large multi-national corporation (Avery Dennison: pressure sensitive materials), a fifth-generation family run business (Ironrock: ceramic tile manufacturing), and a privately-held contract manufacturer (RBB Systems: custom electronics) where he currently serves as president, CEO, and owner.
Bruce has direct experience in leading and managing change in systems engineering, project management, customer service, materials, purchasing, production, sales, and marketing. He’s consulted for operations in Brazil, Chile, and Belgium.
Early on, and in parallel with his management duties, Hendrick discovered a passion for teaching, especially in the “soft skills” arena. He has taught, coached, and consulted with organizations of all sizes and complexities.
In 2008, Hendrick founded Building Trust, LLC to share the skills, lessons, and methods that get results with influencers in all walks of life.
A Life Spent Building Trust
Bruce had the experience of growing up in a family that faced significant mental illness, in this case with his mom. Common to many families in these circumstances, open and mutually trusting relationships were hard to come by. He has spent his life learning to cope and then to overcome these challenges. A career spent in three completely different industries led him to understand that difficulties with trust and open communication are universal!
In addition to his roles at RBB and Building Trust, Hendrick serves on the boards of several community organizations.
Bruce has three wonderful children: daughters Kelly and Kara, and son Kirk. As time permits Bruce enjoys writing and learning how to live in the country.
Click below to explore some useful and important links in Bruce’s world.
On My Own, Recollections of an Unlikely CEO (Bruce’s memoir)
Crucial Skills (favorite blog on interpersonal communications at work)
RBB Systems (where Bruce serves as President & CEO)
NAMI Wayne/Holmes Counties (a coalition of free mental health services where Bruce has served as the Board Co-Chair)
The University of Akron Wayne College (where Bruce serves on the Community Advisory Board)