Calder Hendrickson is a Lubbock resident and president and chief technology officer of AquaSmart, a company that produces a highly absorbent polymer coating for sand, fertilizer and seeds. The coatings help to trap water thereby decreasing the amount of water lost to environmental factors such as evaporation. The technology will help to revolutionize agriculture, landscaping, construction and oil and gas production as the polymer coating essentially augments the effectiveness of each water droplet, allowing farmers, ranchers, homeowners and other consumers to more efficiently use the limited water resources.
A graduate of Lubbock Christian University, Hendrickson had originally gone to school intending to play baseball. When he hurt his shoulder in his junior year and was no longer able to play baseball, Hendrickson completed his degree in Youth and Family Ministry and decided to forge a career in business. He bought the patent to the revolutionary polymer coating, founded AquaSmart and was recently named Forbes magazine's top 30 most influential leaders in the field of energy.