Tom hendrickson

College of agriculture & life sciences


Tom Hendrickson is an entrepreneur, developer, attorney and businessman from Raleigh, North Carolina.  His business activities include real estate development, commercial real estate investment and management, beekeeping and thoroughbred horse racing and breeding.  Hendrickson is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).  Hendrickson co-founded and was Chairman & CEO of Triangle Environmental, Inc., a civil and environmental engineering company which he sold to TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRR).  He is also the Founding Chairman of North State Bank (OTC: NSBC) and served on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 2000-2010.  

Hendrickson has been involved with real estate brokerage, development, management, and investing for the past 30 years; his portfolio includes the historic Capital Club Building in downtown Raleigh as well as various development and commercial properties.  Hendrickson served on Raleigh’s Planning Commission for five years and assisted in the early planning of NC State’s successful Centennial Campus, a flagship development integrating university and private institutions.  

He has served as the master developer of his signature project, Veridea, providing the leadership and vision for the assemblage, development plan, entitlement plan, custom written code and key interchange approvals and funding.  Veridea is a major 1,000+ acre sustainable mixed-use development being developed in Apex, NC.  Veridea is being developed with a vision of becoming the next-generation version of the world-renowned RTP within the framework of a contemporary, ecologically friendly, sustainable, mixed-use development.  It is being planned as a pedestrian-friendly, transit oriented live-work-play community using a form-based development code that has been custom written by Hendrickson and his team.

He is a beekeeper and breeds and raises thoroughbred race horses at Bennett Bunn Plantation, a 165 acre ca. 1780 historic farm in Zebulon which he bought in 2002.  He was North Carolina’s Thoroughbred Breeder of the Year in 2011.  He is also an avid collector of early North Carolina and southern American antiques, furniture and art.  Among his many volunteer boards and projects, he served on the Boards of Directors of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation and the N.C. Horse Council, and still serves on the Board of the N.C. Thoroughbred Association.  He, along with his wife, Jill and daughter, Katie, operate Historic Venues, LLC, which hosts weddings, receptions and corporate/special events at the 12th floor ballroom of their 1930 Historic Capital Club Building in downtown Raleigh (www.GrandBallroomRaleigh.com) and at their farm, the ca. 1780 Bennett Bunn Plantation in Zebulon (www.BennettBunn.com). 

His political career includes Senior NC Advisor, Hillary Clinton for President (2008), where he offered strategic and political advice and travelled with President Bill Clinton and then-Sen. Hillary Clinton to more than 100 events across the State.  He was National Finance Co-Chair of the Erskine Bowles for US Senate Committee, National Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Democratic Business Council (1997-1999), NC Finance Chair and Senior Adviser to Gore for President 2000 Campaign, member of the Clinton-Gore ’96 National Finance Board, Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party (1993-1995), Director of the 1992 Democratic Coordinated Campaign in North Carolina, and Director of the 1988 Al Gore for President Campaign in North Carolina.  Mr. Hendrickson was named by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as a rising star in American politics (1994) and was named N. C. State University’s Outstanding Young Alumnus (1993).