Tekton Hospitality CEO and President Henry Savedra Jr. manufactured furniture overseas at his previous company for over 20 years. Fueled by a dream to create jobs for his own country, Savedra endeavored Tekton Hospitality as his new American manufacturing company. He identified San Bernardino County as a prime location for economic growth. The result is Tekton Hospitality, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA.
At age 4, young Henry Savedra sat atop the stacks of lumber at a manufacturing factory in Tarzana, CA called Cicero. It was there that he watched his father and grandfather make mid-century TV cabinets and stereo consoles, until they too taught him about the way of fine woodworking. Henry eventually matured the craftsmanship appreciation that he learned as a boy into a longstanding career in furniture manufacturing. After spending a few years as a manufacturing consultant, he co-founded C F Kent where he led as President until his recent departure. Now, Henry is back in the United States and re-investing in the domestic economy. Honoring his American craftsmanship heritage, he has launched his very own domestic manufacturing company- Tekton Hospitality. Going against the offshore manufacturing status quo is not easy, but Henry has no hesitation. "I understand the [foreign] competition because I was the competition, and I will be able to do it American again because I did it American before," Savedra said when asked about his vision.
He is motivated by the idea that in the midst of the expanding global economy, the United States cannot afford for its businesses to commit themselves to oversea dependency. He hopes that his domestic business model will re-inspire a belief in the American manufacturing industry.
Outside of Work
Savedra has two daughters, one granddaughter, and a wife of 34 years. Outside of work, he enjoys relaxing and sharing meals with family. Savedra has played the bass and guitar for over 30 years; his favorite music genres to play on them are classic and christian rock. His favorite basketball team is the Los Angeles Lakers.