Ken Kendrick is the managing general partner and principal owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kendrick started his career with IBM in 1965 after receiving a business administration degree from West Virginia University. In 1968, he founded Datatel, Inc., which has become the worldwide leader in the development of computer software for the management of infrastructure technology for colleges, universities and foundations. He is also the principal investor in Woodforest National Bank, which is one of the nation’s largest privately owned financial institutions. In addition, he owns Bumble Bee Ranch, which is devoted to providing western lifestyle experiences to children’s charities throughout Arizona.
Kendrick is chairman of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and serves on the boards of numerous other charitable organizations. He has been honored for his contributions to the community by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Foundation for Blind Children, Childhelp USA, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, the Roaring Fork Conservancy, the March of Dimes and was named a 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient.
Kendrick sits on the board of directors for the West Virginia University Foundation and has established programs at WVU’s College of Business and Economics focused on free market research and at the WVU Eye Institute to support children’s vision outreach programs. He also funded the WVU Hall of Traditions, was inducted into the State of West Virginia’s Business Hall of Fame, the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and the inaugural Roll of Distinguished Alumni at the College of Business and Economics.
Kendrick and his wife also founded the Freedom Center at the University of Arizona, which also endows the Kendrick Chair in Philosophy and Economics.
Kendrick and his wife, Randy, and their two children, Cal and Catie, make their home in Paradise Valley, Arizona.