Our Leadership Team

HII’s team of executive officers, managers and directors are dedicated to  transportation brokerage and logistics services that are unmatched in quality and customer satisfaction.  Our executive officers, who are responsible for establishing and guiding our extensive contractual relationships, are ready to discuss and explore partnering with you to grow and improve your enterprise’s mission fulfillment and hone its competitive edge.

 

Brent Henry

Chief Executive Officer, Wichita, KS

Brent Henry along with his brother Brett, established Henry Industries as a small two-man courier service in the Fall of 1991. Today, Henry Industries Inc (HII) is one of the largest privately held transportation brokerage networks in the country. Through Brent’s leadership and company focus, his goal for HII is to “provide the highest level of customer service available, leading the industry in innovation and technology with HII being the standard.”

Brent surrounds himself with the best executive team in the business, and encourages them to think big and outside the box in order to come up with new, efficient solutions and avenues to do business, better. Brent spends his time traveling between Kansas and Colorado with his wife and three children, who all enjoy hiking, camping and spending time in the great outdoors. Brent also races cars with his father, Jim and nephew, Wyatt, along with a huge extended racing family around the country.


Breck Nickell

President, Kansas City, MO

Breck Nickell was recruited by the Henry owners in the year of 2002. In January 2003 was when he came on board to be part of the Henry team. A very hands-on leader, Breck has never known a stranger and goes out of his way to connect with employees, clients and vendors alike. His charisma and dynamic leadership style have enabled him to enjoy exceptional success in his professional career with Henry Industries as he auspiciously championed the growth and success of this rapidly growing entrepreneurial organization.

Breck received his B.B.A. in 1996 from Emporia State University, while cultivating his passion and ambition to provide the highest quality customer service through his time spent in the hospitality industry. When Breck is not traveling or spending time with his family, he enjoys sports, hunting, four-wheeling and being the best dad. Though he spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Rose Hill, KS he currently resides in Kansas City, MO with his family.


Eric Dexter

Executive Vice President, Wichita, KS

Eric Dexter began work for Henry Industries in February of 2000. During his 16 years with the company, he has been promoted several times and held multiple positions in operations. Eric currently serves as the Executive Vice President and works closely with the Owner and President of the Company. Eric oversees all markets throughout the company’s ever expanding nation-wide network through his careful attention to all things involving operations.

Eric has played a pivotal role in the continued growth of Henry Industries and believes his time spent at Wichita State University sparked his passion for creativity in resolving conflict and producing the highest quality of customer service in the industry. He is a knowledge-based leader that consistently inspires professional growth and innovative change throughout the organization. When Eric is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter in the majestic mountains of Colorado. He currently resides in Andover, KS with his family.


Kristian Carter

Vice President of Operations

Having worked with the company on-and-off since high school, Kristian’s current tenure with Henry began in 2007 and has seen him promoted from Operations Manager to Regional Director and, in February of 2015, to Vice President of Operations.
Always one to take direct leadership and lead by example, his favorite anecdote is that he works “half-days – at least 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.” Kristian is always available to listen to our clients’ needs and his team’s ideas.

As Vice President of Operations, he involves himself in any and every operational matter throughout the company’s more than 40 markets nationwide in order to provide the highest level of customer service and guarantee the highest level of operational efficiency within Henry Industries, Inc. Kristian grew up and still lives in the Wichita area with his wife and 4 children. He enjoys spending time with his family and helping his kids grow through their many activities. In his spare time (when he’s not working his usual “half-day” schedule) he spends time relaxing with his family, working in the garage, and barbequing for those who are hungry.


Carlos Ayala-Pagan

Vice President of Administration, Kansas City, MO

Carlos Ayala-Pagan grew up in Leavenworth Kansas and graduated from Leavenworth High school. Carlos came to Henry industries in July 2014 after retiring from the United States Army with 22 years of service. Carlos joined the Henry team as a contracting agent, and in February of 2015 was promoted to Human Resources Manager.

In August of 2015 Carlos was promoted to Vice President of Administration and oversees the company’s Human Resources Department and Contract Services Department. Carlos believes in building a strong team of employees and contracting with the right business partners to continue to grow an already great organization. He helps wherever he can is always willing to go the extra mile to get it done. Carlos is married to his wife Kimberly and has five children. When not at work Carlos enjoys sports especially the Kansas City Chiefs, spending time with family, and assisting transitioning Soldiers into the civilian world.


Erin Countryman

Vice President of Finance, Wichita, KS

Erin Countryman grew up in Tulsa, OK until the age of 15, at which time she moved to Parsons, KS where she graduated from high school in 1984. After high school Erin spent a few years just being a wife and new mother while working at Wal-Mart. However, after having an epiphany that she wanted to do more, she started college in 1989 and went on to graduate from the University of Maine in 1993.

Erin has worked in the Wichita area for over 24 years and during that time, she worked up through the accounting ranks in positions ranging from A/P and A/R clerk, staff accountant, accounting manager, assistant controller and controller. Her prior accounting experience is varied throughout industries such as construction, franchise services and commercial real estate development and management. Erin and her husband, Stuart, have 4 children and 8 grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, but her secret passion is making and selling jewelry at art shows alongside her husband who is an accomplished photographer.


Nick Cicero

Regional Director, Kansas City, MO

Nick Cicero began his career with Henry Industries in April of 2011 as the Assistant Operations Manager of our Kansas City location. He was promoted to Operations Manager in February of 2012. He spent the next three years learning his trade and understanding all facets of his markets while developing long lasting customer relationships.

In May of 2015 he was promoted to Regional Director. His current region works with 17 different customers spread out between 12 different markets while overseeing 43 employees to ensure our customer is receiving the highest level of customer service that Henry industries has provided over the years. Nick grew up in the Kansas City metro area and graduated from Park University in Parkville, MO. When he is not working Nick enjoys spending time with his friends and family, playing basketball, and indulging in sports. Nick currently lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife Mary.


Keli Stone

Human Resources Manager, Wichita, KS

Keli Stone recently joined Henry Industries in October 2016 after a long career in HR within the medical field. Keli received her B.A. in Education from Wichita State University in 1998, Human Resource Certificate from Villanova University in 2004, Human Resource Management Certificate from Wichita State University in 2008 and is also a licensed health and life agent for the state of Kansas.

Keli takes pride in how approachable she is with employees and will go above and beyond to aide anyone in need. Keli grew up in Derby, KS and now lives in northeast Wichita with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 dogs. She spends most of her time going back and forth between softball and volleyball tournaments and when time permits, is an avid reader and movie lover.


Patrick Moran

Regional Director

Patrick grew up in Sterling Heights, MI and graduated from Sherrard High School in Sherrard, IL in 1994. Patrick joined the Henry team in January of 2017 after retiring from the Army after 21 years of service with multiple tours of duty at home and abroad, including Korea, Kuwait, and Iraq.

Patrick started with Henry as a Traveling Operations Manager, deploying when and where the company needed while learning all of our customers’ needs and how to best service those needs. He was promoted to North Central Regional Director in May of 2018.  Patrick has three children and no grandchildren yet. In his free time he enjoys playing and watching sports, some fishing, and some furniture restoration.


BJ Williams

Regional Director

BJ Williams is a Regional Director of Operations at Henry Industries, joining in April of 2016. Born and raised in Wichita Kansas, BJ brings with him 15+ years of logistics experience.  BJ is a proven leader and with the help of his Operations team, manage a myriad of transportation responsibilities for our customers across multiple states.

BJ has a BA in Sociology from the University of Kansas and is married with 4 adult children.  As a former KU basketball player, he is also an avid sports fan and enjoys movies and music in his spare time.


Ann Rust

Client Services Manager

I grew up in Wichita, KS and graduated from Wichita East High and attended Wichita State University. I began my adventure with Henry Industries in January 2015. During this time I have moved up in the company becoming the Client Service Manager.

Dealing first hand with our customers on a daily bases has taught me to understand how different each of our customers needs are and the importance of providing the best customer service. In my spare time I enjoy going to they gym and spending time with my family 


Jami Baucom

Client Services Manager

I was born and raised in Winfield K.S. where I graduated in 2001, and moved to Wichita in 2002. After which I attended WATC and graduated in 2010 with a nursing degree. I started at Henry Industries in October of 2015 as a third shift dispatcher.

Since then I have moved up in the company from Lead dispatcher to current as one of the Client Services Managers. I strive to ensure the best possible customer service and services the companies provides are delivered to each and every one of our clients. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.  


Kristine Thelen

Controller

Kristine joined the Henry team in March of 2019, after almost 8 years as an accountant in the commercial real estate and development industry.  During her tenure in the real estate industry, she worked her way up to Assistant Controller.

Kristine grew up in Pratt, KS and attended Kansas State University in Manhattan where she graduated with a degree in finance in 2010. She currently lives in Wichita with her husband Sam, and 2 young boys and she enjoys spending time with her family, watching and following K-State sports, and going to the movies when she isn’t chasing toddlers.