Leadership forged in Experience
Nick Henderson was born into a hard-working mining family at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene. It was not long afterward, however, that his fathers career in mining took his family overseas where Nick spent his youth growing up in mining towns, and around the world. This experience gave him a uniquely broad perspective when it comes to the world, the international community and how nuances in different cultures can shape global policy. This is a skill that has served him well in both the military and in business.
After returning to the United States Nick moved to Moscow, Idaho to continue his education in the American school system. Not long after he had moved back into the country, radical Islamic terrorists attacked us on September 11th. The events of that day are etched in Nick’s memory in vivid detail and had a profound effect in shaping him into the man he is now. It was during this attack, that he felt compelled to service in the name of the United States – he knew then that he would join the military and fight for the American way of life against our enemies.
Nick graduated with honors and shortly thereafter, fulfilled his promise to serve. He enlisted in the US Army as an Infantryman during which he served primarily with the 4th Infantry Division and saw heavy fighting in Iraq, his unit being a critical element of what was known then simply as “the surge”. The Army had a profound impact on shaping his leadership skills and style. Drawing from the example of several of the Sergeants within his platoon, Nick soon became a leader of an Infantry Team, and advanced in rank. He attributes a majority of his development as a leader to the late Staff Sergeant Alberto Sanchez, who sadly was killed in action during their tour of duty.
Nick finished his tour of duty and was honorably discharged, and began pursuing his life-long ambition, commercial pilot training. The call to serve was not lost in this new course, however. Not long after he began working in Alaska, he found himself serving as a Legislative Aide for Representative Cathy Munoz. Eventually, he moved to Senator Charlie Huggins office in the Senate and House Joint Veterans Affairs Caucus. In the position he worked directly with law makers to craft legislation to support and advance the needs and care of Veterans in the state and across the country. His work in Alaska focused primarily on Veterans issues, but included a wide scope of responsibilities covering budget issues, community development, resource development, and constituent relations. During this period, Governor Sarah Palin appointed Nick as a Commissioner on the ServeAlaska Commission, which focused on community service across the state.
Over the past half-decade Nick has been working as a commercial pilot around the world flying multiple aircraft in a handful of countries as he continues to advance his professional pilot career. Recognizing the future of the aviation industry Nick started his own company, Aerial Resources Group. His company specializes in and integrates drone technology into resource development operations, such as mines and utility companies, around the world. Starting this company allowed Nick to move back home to Post Falls, Idaho to put down roots in his beloved Idaho, where his family has a rich history and heritage he cherishes.
His experience in the military, commercial aviation, technology, business ownership, and in government have shaped Nick into a leader with vision, honed by experience, and focused into the kind of leader that Idaho needs today.