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Secret to Success:
In 2004, after approximately 10 years of industry experience as an electrical engineer as an employee, Dale Henningson ventured out on his own as a sole proprietor contracting with companies for innovative electrical product development.
Shortly after opening his company, Henningson saw the value in enhancing his business knowledge and skills and sought training and counseling from the Utah Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Snow College and enrolled in the SBDC’s FastTrac GrowthVenture program to fine tune and improve operations.
As business grew, Henningson expanded capacity of his design and manufacturing facilities located adjacent to his home in Manti. With the addition of a few new employees, Henningson saw his role as manager becoming increasingly important. In 2009 he successfully completed the 7 Habits for Small Business Managers training program offered by the Utah SBDC in partnership with Franklin Covey. In 2010 the firm became Quantum Ingenuities, LLC and Henningson began to investigate further expansion opportunities which resulted in an application and acceptance for funding from the Utah’s Rural Fast Track program. With the reinvestment of retained earnings and the addition of the Rural Fast Track program, the company moved into a new 4,800 square foot facility located in the Manti Industrial Park.
In 2011, Henningson worked with the Utah SBDC to enter and successfully place in the Grow Utah Ventures/Zions Bank sponsored Concept-to-Company competition. Henningson’s entry focused on his latest innovation, the LT Master, a diagnostic tool for heavy-duty vehicle electrical systems. Henningson is the inventor and co-inventor on multiple patents. Henningsons’ belief in innovation, community values and sustainable business growth, along with his efforts for innovative design, provision of consulting services and small-scale manufacturing has created 12 new jobs in the Manti area.
Henningson continues to work with the Utah SBDC and attends business improvement seminars locally as well as industry conferences and trade shows nationally. He values ongoing education and training and is recognized as a leader among his peers in the industry. Henningson is currently the chair of a process improvement task force for the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Association.