Determined: Senior relationship manager Julie Hendrickson speaks to a client in her office at Argus Financial Ltd.
Photo by Leah Furbert
Determined: Senior relationship manager Julie Hendrickson speaks to a client in her office at Argus Financial Ltd. Photo by Leah Furbert
Julie Hendrickson was born in the Bronx, New York and came to Bermuda, the birthplace of her father Hubert, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

She's a senior relationship manager for Argus Financial Ltd and is on the Physical Abuse Centre.

Here we find out how she made it.

What was your first big break in business? 

I have been blessed with a number of 'breaks' but I really feel like my current position is my biggest break yet.

I feel at home at Argus Financial. Argus Group executives have created an environment where every employee matters. It's a wonderful change. A breath of fresh air.

 

Do you have a mentor or source of inspiration?

My 'mentor' was and is my desire to never be broke! I have a real appreciation for those who started with nothing and have achieved success.

When I was in the 6th grade my teacher, Mrs. Jennings, wrote in my report card, 'Julie can be whatever she wants to be - anything from a beauty queen to president'. That comment is what gives me a lot of confidence.

Describe your work ethic.

I think its important do your best. Treat every job like it's your dream job, even if it's not. Your employer, your clients, your colleagues will notice and this will lead to other opportunities. 

What is your day-to-day job like?

I meet with clients to discuss their investments and their financial planning needs. I take their wants and needs and advise them as to how they can attain their financial goals.

What's the best business decision you ever made?

To accept an offer for a Management Training program in banking. I had a number of internships while I was in college. Upon graduation, I had to decide between being a banker or an undergarment buyer. I definitely made the right choice for me. 

What's the worst decision you ever made?

I was in my early 20s and I had a great job with the March of Dimes. I was living in Boston and was very homesick for my family in New York. So I quit and moved home without securing a new job. Bad decision. This move set my career back about three-to-four years. I literally had to start over.

Have you ever been broke?

Yes. My senior year in college, I convinced my parents to allow me to live off campus in my own apartment in the Fenway. I was a full-time student and worked full time as well. I had to cover part of the rent and pay for food. Bad decision, I should have stayed on campus! I lived on soup and Raison Bran. I never told my parents. This will be a surprise. 

 

What's the most frustrating thing about doing business in Bermuda?

I have to be careful here. Sometimes there's a lack of urgency and when you are dealing with securities that's unacceptable. 

What's the best thing about doing business in Bermuda?

I love it when my clients track backwards to figure out who my relatives are. I feel a real sense of community here. All of the Hendricksons in Bermuda are related. So that makes it easy for them. My dad is Hubert Arnold Hendrickson Sr. and my mother, Junie Walker is from Barbuda.

What's the most important thing you've learned about making money? 

Having and making money is not the most important thing in life. Find what you love to do and develop a reputation for being the source of knowledge for that particular industry and the money will come. I love what I do and I actually look forward to going to work everyday.

Any advice for budding young Bermudian businessperson?

Treat every job as if it's your dream job. Always do your best. Never compromise your principles for an employer. Don't be afraid to take a stand. At the end of the day, you have to look yourself in the mirror.

Always know what's expected of you, and how your performance will be judged.

Become a master at your craft. This will put you in the driver's seat. This will afford you choices. Find mentors, male and female. Not just one but several. Don't ever become complacent, and always remember, you make it happen!