HingeWorx is a licensing company and contract wholesale manufacturer that revolutionizes one of mankind’s oldest, most used, but least changed construction items – the door hinge.
The concept for the HingeWorx two-in-one hinge was developed by Brent Heninger. As the owner of a successful construction company, Mr. Heninger was searching for a good way to prevent freshly painted doors from banging into drywall during final construction phases, prior to the installation of baseboard and door stops. He was also frustrated by the damage door stops caused shortly after a home was occupied. After an unsuccessful search for a solution, Mr. Heninger realized he’d need to develop his own.
Mr. Heninger has perfected the design of the HingeWorx hinge over the past several years through significant research and development. He has worked extensively with one of the nation’s leading-edge tool and die makers to perfect the prototype die. He is now in process of building the production progressive die which will be done shortly. The HingeWorx hinge is protected by domestic and international patents pending.
HingeWorx is led by a h3 management team and advisory board.
Brent Heninger, Founder, President and CEO
Brent Heninger is the founder, president, and CEO of HingeWorx. In addition to general management of the business, Mr. Heninger focuses on research and development, sales, and manufacturing. After recognizing a large unmet market need, Mr. Heninger developed the innovative HingeWorx door hinge solution. Mr. Heninger has been the driving force in taking the product from concept to prototype to production. Following prototype development, he secured a significant letter of interest from OrePak, one of the largest door manufacturers in the Northwest United States. For the 25 years prior to founding HingeWorx, Mr. Heninger was the founder, president and chief executive officer of Cornerstone, LLC, a successful residential construction and window washing business. In his window washing business, Mr. Heninger was successful in networking and developing relationships to secure and maintain the window washing account for the downtown Salt Lake City buildings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including Temple Square and the conference center and only excluding the administration building. His company exclusively held and serviced the account for 17 years until the client decided to bring all window washing services in house. Mr. Heninger is a multi-skilled inventor/entrepreneur with experience inventing revolutionary products and creating and managing successful businesses. He is expert in creating innovative, high-demand solutions to age-old problems; taking a product from idea to production; networking and creating long-term business building relationships; estimating, bidding, and scheduling; executing complex plans to meet or exceed customer expectations; providing excellent customer support; and generating business from word-of-mouth recommendations. Mr. Heninger has demonstrated a proven ability to create business, hire and lead teams, manage all aspects of running a business, and profitably execute complex projects. Mr. Heninger received his business education from the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Salt Lake Community College.
John Hickey, General Manager and Marketing Director
John Hickey is the General Manager and Marketing Director of HingeWorx. Mr. Hickey’s general management responsibilities include strategic and financial planning, budgeting, scheduling, investor relations, and day-to-day operations. He also leads marketing efforts including developing the messaging platform, prospect lists, website, collateral, and public relations. Prior to joining HingeWorx, Mr. Hickey spent two years working as an independent consultant in the financial services sector. In March 2010 Mr. Hickey became the sole director and officer of Valley High Mining Company, a public shell corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Hickey has 14 years of experience creating and leading the marketing department at Q Comm International, a startup telecom technology company that went public in 1998 and was listed on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX). Among his accomplishments, most notably he created and ran an in-house media buying agency that optimized more than $5 million in direct response advertising and outperformed the company’s leading competitor within 3 months. His public relations accomplishments include publishing more than 40 industry articles and writing and distributing more than 180 press releases. He also served many years as an advisory board member to his industry’s leading publication. Mr. Hickey helped Q Comm repeatedly rank as one of Utah’s fastest growing public companies, reaching an annual run rate exceeding $60 million. In 1997, Mr. Hickey co-founded NetQuest Consultants, an internet education company he made profitable and sold within 6 months. He earned his BS degree from Brigham Young University and his MBA from the University of Arizona with a specialization in entrepreneurship and a concentration in marketing.
Paul Hickey, Business & Financial Advisor
Paul Hickey is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Hickey Freihofner Capital. Mr. Hickey has 6 years of experience advising, raising money for and taking companies public. He also has 18 years of experience as CEO of U.S. and international companies. Mr. Hickey is a talented and eminent entrepreneur. He founded and was CEO of Q Comm, a U.S.-based telecom technology company that he took public and listed on the AMEX. While at Q Comm, Mr. Hickey completed several rounds of financing through PIPE’s, convertible debt, and public equity. Mr. Hickey has a BS in Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He holds Series 24, 62, and 63 licenses.
Greg Freihofner, Financial Advisor
Greg Freihofner is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Hickey Freihofner Capital. Mr. Freihofner has the knowledge and insight of 20 successful years on Wall Street. Most notably, he spent five years at Morgan Stanley, and four years at DLJ Credit Suisse. Mr. Freihofner has been instrumental in structuring innovative solutions and raising capital for more than 100 companies. Mr. Freihofner created more than $180 million in synthetic convertible product, and his oversight extended to more than 175 institutional accounts. Mr. Freihofner earned his BS at Brigham Young University, and his MBA in Finance from Columbia University. He holds Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 27, 55, and 63 licenses.
Ron Heffernan, Business Advisor
Ron Heffernan is a partner at Hickey Freihofner Capital. Mr. Heffernan has over 20 years of deep empirical experience in executive leadership, sales, operations, strategy, finance, and marketing for both start-ups and established companies. He has a h3 history of entrepreneurial success, strategic vision, and aptitude for building and maintaining h3 business relationships through trust and negotiation talent. Mr. Heffernan has served as CEO of multiple technology and web development companies, most notably Lead Dog Design, an award-winning full service web development provider, which was eventually acquired by Bridgeline Software [NASDAQ: BLIN]. He also founded LDD Partners, a management consulting firm, and has assisted numerous companies in raising capital. Mr. Heffernan received his BA in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany and completed various Executive Education classes through The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Series 62, 63 and 79 licenses.
Alan Lewis, Legal Advisor
Alan Lewis is a partner at Hickey Freihofner Capital. Prior to joining Hickey Freihofner, Mr. Lewis worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, a New York-based international law firm, where he was instrumental in taking multiple companies public in the U.S. His practice included capital markets equity and debt offerings, offshore tax restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, secured financing, and commercial real estate. Mr. Lewis has a JD from Columbia University School of Law where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Young B. Smith Prize recipient and Teaching Fellow. Mr. Lewis is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. He holds Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Howard Headlee, Accounting, Auditing and Financial Advisor
Mr. Headlee has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Utah Bankers Association since April 1997. The Utah Bankers Association is a trade association serving the banking industry of Utah. Its membership consists of state and nationally chartered banks, savings banks and FDIC insured industrial banks from throughout Utah. Prior to that, Mr. Headlee served six years as Vice President of the Utah Taxpayers Association. Prior to his work with the Taxpayers Association, Mr. Headlee worked in the Detroit office of the international accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick as an auditor specializing in the area of financial institutions. Mr. Headlee is also founder and Chairman of the American Preparatory Academy, one of the largest and most successful public charter schools in Utah. He also serves as Chairman of Artistic Resource for Teachers and Students (A.R.T.S. Inc.) a non-profit organization committed to maintaining the influence of the fine arts in Utah’s elementary schools, and Chairman of Utah Center for Affordable Housing. He has also served as Chairman of the Legislative Policy Committee for the Utah Partnership for Education and Economic Development. Mr. Headlee received his Bachelor of Science from the Brigham Young University School of Accountancy and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah.