Chris Pendergrass is an executive with 20-years in manufacturing and 10-years of full P&L responsibility, leading family owned manufacturing businesses through double digit growth, lean driven cost reductions and cultural/leadership transitions. Chris joined the Ulrich team as president of Ulrich Barn Builders, LLC in the summer of 2019 to support the continued growth of Ulrich.
“I was trying to get a job at a bar….,” is his response to the common question, “how did you get into manufacturing?” While interviewing at a pub in his college town, Chris stumbled into an internship with Presco, family owned plastics company. Presco’s owner Waymon McMackin, took Chris under his wing and in his unorthodox way, taught him about business, leading people, building a company culture and life in general. Ten years later, Chris became president of Presco and owes much of his success and who he is today, to his mentor of 17 years.
In 2015, Chris moved from Texas to join Vanguard Soap as president of the third-generation family business in Memphis, Tennessee.
Real world experience along with an education including a BA in Chemistry from Austin College, a BS in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a MBA from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, gives Chris the foundation to effectively lead and grow Ulrich into the future.
In his personal time, Chris is active in the Young Presidents’ Organization, his church, and various community organizations. He loves playing golf, but he and his wife spend most of their time keeping up with their two sons.