Dale R. Hedrick
Dale R. Hedrick is the founder and president of Hedrick Brothers Construction headquartered in West Palm Beach. A fourth-generation general contractor, he has built the company’s reputation for quality and integrity, while growing it into one the largest privately-owned construction firms in South Florida.
After graduating from Forest Hills High School, Hedrick attended Palm Beach Junior College to prepare for admittance into the M. E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1980.
When Hedrick returned to the Palm Beach State, it was as a builder. His company constructed the platinum LEED-certified Technical Education Center on the Belle Glade campus, which made PBSC the first Florida college to earn this top rating for green building. The firm also remodeled the Palm Beach Gardens campus library and the Social Science building in Lake Worth, where he took courses as a student. Hedrick says he most remembers the courses on the history of architecture and art appreciation, which helped him in business.
Well known for his community involvement, Hedrick has served in leadership roles in many civic organizations, such as the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce (as board president), the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, and the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. He empowers his employees to do the same.
“The thing that I’m most proud of is the culture that we have at Hedrick Brothers of being active in our community,” he said. “I believe it’s a responsibility and also a privilege to give back. Every time I give back, I get more than I give. Hopefully my legacy is that I left the world better than when I got here.”