Datatrac Founder, Henry Dixon, Induction into the CLDA Hall of Fame
Industry veteran Henry Dixon recently received his industry’s highest award from the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association – Induction into the CLDA Hall of Fame. The award was presented at the association’s annual meeting.
Dixon is the Founder and CEO of Datatrac Corporation. He has been an active member of the industry for over 35 years. Dixon’s nomination by CLDA Board Member Chuck Moyer was greeted with enthusiastic applause by those at the conference. Henry’s son, Ryan Dixon, a Product Manager with Datatrac and Danny Barfield, EVP of Business Development accepted the award on his behalf. Dixon was unable to attend due to a back injury.
“I was surprised and flattered when I learned that about my induction into the CLDA Hall of Fame and so disappointed to have missed it,” said Dixon upon hearing about the award. “This was one of the few conventions I’ve ever missed. Had I known, I would have hobbled down there, bad back and all! It is truly an honor to be recognized by the CLDA and the people who I’ve worked with for so many years. I want to thank the committee and its chair, Gil Carpel, the CLDA Board of Directors and Chuck Moyer for nominating me.”
Moyer was enthusiastic about the nomination. “We wanted to honor Henry’s long-time devotion to this industry,” he said. “He was one of the association’s founders and has always been a booster of this organization. He has been an active member since the association was founded as the Messenger Courier Association of America in 1988. His company, Datatrac Corporation, has been a long-time sponsor of the association’s spring and fall conferences and a supporter of the association’s Government Affairs efforts.”
Henry founded Datatrac Corporation as a custom software development company in 1977. Shortly after its founding, a local Atlanta courier company came to Datatrac looking for a software solution to help automate its operations. Henry tested the market, asking a group of couriers if they would be interested in software that would automate their businesses. Over a third of them responded positively. This led to the development of Datatrac’s Courier Order Processing System (COPS), which is still an industry standard today.
In 2003, Henry left daily operations at Datatrac to concentrate on three other companies that he helped create: ReMartUSA Inc, an internet reseller of auto parts; Efill America Inc, a national warehousing company with over 130 warehouse facilities and Wild Wing Capital LLC, a capital investment company.
In 2011, he returned to Datatrac as part of Wild Wing Capital LLC, purchasing an outside investors stake in Datatrac with his partner John Oren. Henry subsequently filled the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors, and in February 2012, assumed the role of CEO, a position he holds today.
Prior to joining the customized logistics and delivery industry, Henry was a CPA with Arthur Andersen, working as a senior systems and business consultant. He has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He also served in the United States Army in Germany.
“We are proud and pleased to present this award to Henry as someone who is known and respected in the industry,” says Hall of Fame Chairman Gil Carpel. “The award was created to pay tribute to those who have made noteworthy contributions to the industry and Henry certainly embodies those ideas.