Our Leadership

  • Calder Hendrickson
    Calder Hendrickson Chairman & CEO

    Calder has been the driving force behind AquaSmart and its relentless pursuit of profitable innovations since he founded the company in 2010. Drawing upon a lifetime of athletic competition, he takes a team-focused approach to challenges, building a unique leadership culture that encourages sensible risk-taking, hard work and personal accountability. Whether you recognize him from the Forbes Magazine’s Energy 30-Under-30 or towering over Bob Barker on the Million Dollar episode of the Price is Right, Calder is known for his keen intellect, warm personality and ability to get the deal done. He brings a scratch golfer’s focus to identifying the potential in diverse technologies, validating them with intensive research and bringing them to market. As a result, he has engineered and developed a series of allied proprietary products that are changing the game in a variety of markets ranging from oil & gas and concrete to lawn & garden and agriculture. When Lubbock Christian University named this former baseball player its Young Alumnus of the Year in 2017, Calder’s wife, Ceri, said “that’s nice, honey” then told him to keep an eye on their two kids.

  • Todd Naff
    Todd Naff COO

    Todd has been part of the AquaSmart leadership team since day one, bringing a lawyer’s analytical mind and an athlete’s competitiveness to the company’s everyday operations. Whether this native Texan is fine-tuning our manufacturing processes, tracking research programs or interacting with key suppliers, he maintains a steady hand on the AquaSmart tiller. His marketing degree from St. Edward’s University comes in handy when he’s overseeing all things customer-related, be it providing direct marketing and sales or providing technical support to marketing venues. He and his wife, Tessa, make their home in Lubbock where they enjoy listening to music and watching baseball (Todd was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1997). She also lovingly helps him keep his golf habit under control.

  • Mike Hensley
    Mike Hensley Controller & Director of Special Projects

    Some might wonder what the former chairman of the Texas Bankers Association is doing serving as both the controller and a board member at a materials science company like AquaSmart, but our diverse and growing portfolio of collaborative endeavors keep him plenty busy. His 35 years in the banking industry (including 22 years as a CEO) give him a unique perspective on everything from accounts receivable to the structure of complex intellectual property leases. He and Connie, his wife of forty-plus years, make their home in Lubbock.

  • Andy Larned
    Andy Larned National Sales

    While we can’t confirm he’s ever sold a ketchup popsicle to a lady wearing white gloves, Andy is definitely the salesman’s salesman. His sales skills took shape over eight years spent crouching behind home plate in the Boston Red Sox organization, convincing pitchers to lay off the fastball, but they were refined during more than twelve years as a highly regarded financial adviser building a portfolio of more than 400 clients. With responsibility for the full scope of our national sales efforts, he devotes a large part of his focus to our Lawn & Garden business where our water-management solutions are transforming the industry. While he dreams of someday living in Lubbock, this Fairfield University graduate currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Tiffany and two daughters.

  • John Cook
    John Cook VP Oil & Gas

    Oil and Gas have been one of AquaSmart’s strongest sectors since the company entered the market with its Sandmaxx product thanks in large part to John’s continued leadership. Drawing upon more than 35 years of experience spent working on three continents for some of the biggest names in the industry, John has been the point man in the relationship with Super Silica Sands (SSS), driving improvements in testing procedures and inventory control. A lifelong learner, and father of four, he places a strong emphasis on training for employees on both sides of the SSS relationship to ensure the achievement of best-in-class status for the technology. While he’s at home in a business suit or spending time with the love of his life, Mary Anne, he’s always ready to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty to get the job done.

  • Andrew Prater
    Andrew Prater Regional Sales & Special Projects Manager

    When it comes to his sales & special project responsibilities, Andrew applies a distinct entrepreneurial mindset developed over nearly two decades of building a variety of successful small businesses focused on assessing and coaching people’s unique talents. Having formed a strong affinity for turf while playing baseball in the Florida Marlins organization, he is directly engaged in our Lawn & Garden division, crisscrossing the country to tell our story to builders, landscapers, groundskeepers and anyone else whose turf needs water. Andrew suspects that his wife, Meredith, and their two children are humoring him when they ask to re-watch his appearance in several Hollywood feature films, including Mr. 3000 and Parental Guidance, but he appreciates it all the same.

  • Karl Lamming
    Karl Lamming Manufacturing Director

    Fortunately for Karl, the AquaSmart warehouse he manages has doors that open to the great outdoors, so he can at least catch a breath of fresh air and dream of his next fishing trip (or hunting or skiing…) before ensuring the efficient and effective distribution of our industry-disrupting products. Most weekends, you won’t find Karl or his wife, Laura, at home because they’re probably out hiking, climbing, hunting the way the truly outdoorsy among us are meant to do.

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