D-backs Kendrick inducted into roll of distinguished alumni at WVU

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick was honored this weekend at the inaugural Roll of Distinguished Alumni induction ceremony in Morgantown, West Virginia. WVU's College of Business and Economics inducted seven alumni at the ceremony, which was held as part of the school's 60th Anniversary Celebration.

"It is truly an honor to be a part of this inaugural class of distinguished alumni, which includes several other business people whom I really admire," said Kendrick. "I have amazing memories of my time at West Virginia University, which laid the groundwork for my future in business."

Other inductees include Joseph E. Antonini (former chairman and CEO of Kmart); Phyllis H. Arnold (State President of BB&T West Virginia); J. Michael Bodnar (past owner of dozens of Wendy's restaurants and former CEO of Shoney's); William T. Bright (co-founder of Bright of America); William T. McLaughlin II (credited with forever changing the banking landscape in West Virginia); and Fred T. Tattersall (former SVP of Bank of America).

Kendrick is a 2006 Inductee in the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame, which recognizes, celebrates and displays those who have made significant and lasting contributions in one or more of these categories: national/international businesses, state-based enterprises and entrepreneurial and family businesses.

A charter member of the ownership group that brought baseball to Phoenix, Kendrick's involvement in the general partnership took on added significance in 2004 when he assumed the role of Managing General Partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has taken an active role in the day-to-day operation of the D-backs and is the organization's designated representative when Major League Baseball owners convene during the course of the year.

After receiving a B.S. in Business Administration from WVU in 1965, Kendrick started his career with IBM in Baltimore. Three years later, he founded Datatel, Inc., which has become the industry leader in the development of computer software for the management of infrastructure technology for colleges, universities and foundations.

Kendrick later served as President of a Texas-based financial services technology company for four years in the 1980s. In 1989, he became the principal investor in Woodforest National Bank in The Woodlands, Texas, which now is one of the nation's largest employee-owned banks. Kendrick also owns Bumble Bee Ranch, which is devoted to providing western lifestyle experiences to children's charities throughout Arizona.

He is very active in many other philanthropic endeavors, beginning with his role as Chairman of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. He and his wife, Randy, were the 2007 Living and Giving Honorees for the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Kendrick also received the Visionary Award from the Foundation for Blind Children, Spirit of the Children Award from Childhelp USA, Today's Kids/Tomorrow's Stars honoree of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, River Conservator of the Year by the Roaring Fork Conservancy and was named Man of the Year by the March of Dimes. He also serves on boards for various charities including the Phoenix Art Museum, The Buddy Program, Childhelp USA, Helping Hands Housing, Challenger Center for Space Science Education, TGen Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Roaring Fork Conservancy, and is Founding Chairman of the Datatel Scholars Foundation.