Get to Know: Don Henderson
States covered: Multiple states west of Mississippi
United States Air Force 1986 – 1996, Air Traffic Controller / Forward Air Control / Active Duty / Iowa National Guard (Captain)
Amoco Oil 1993 – 1997, Executive Leadership Program, Team Lead, Amoco Motor Club
Berkshire Hathaway / MidAmerican Energy 1997 – 2004, Sr. Account Executive
Wells Fargo 2004 – 2014, Vice President, Business Development Retail Services
Nationwide Marketing Group 2014 – Present, MSM
UNI, BS, 1993
NU, MBA 1995
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Des Moines Leadership Institute
West Des Moines Rotary
Total years of experience with the Independent channel/retail
Independent Channel 16 years between Wells Fargo Retail Services and Nationwide Marketing Group
Tell us about your role at NMG.
A blend of strategic, consultative and leadership acumen contributing immensely to help membership create more wealth for their companies by reducing their operational costs while increasing top-line sales and efficiency.
Why did you want to come work at NMG?
Opportunity to work more closely with Independent Business Leaders than my previous roll as a vendor assigned to Nationwide.
Why do you think NMG is the best buying group for Independent retailers in today’s climate?
Probably because of our transparency with the membership. Other groups are known to make claims of who they are and products and services they have and offer that are in-fact not accurate.
What is the most important project you are working on right now, and why?
Helping all my assigned dealers navigate through everything COVID-19 related.
What is your favorite memory from your time at NMG?
Seeing new members get excited about Nationwide once they attend their first Prime Time. Seeing everything available due to our scale, education, Business Services and Promotional opportunities.
What do you like most about your job?
1) That every day there is something different. 2) Being able to assist our members work through problems and issues, also helping them reduce costs while increasing bottom line.
What else do you want people to know about you and NMG?
Married 24 years, two boys one in college another in High School