Getting to Know: Stan Hensley

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IMG_1878You may know it, but Stan Hensley has flown a helicopter through the mountains of San Diego. Also of note: Stan doesn’t have a pilot’s license.

Not to worry, that’s just Stan. AP’s renaissance man.

Originally from Edinburg, in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, he’s the type of guy that seems to revel in the experience of the experience. Like coaching tee-ballers because he gets a kick out of watching kids try harder. Or, briefly taking over the controls of a Navy chopper in flight while training to be a military officer in 1998. It was “pretty cool,” he told the Times.

“I got to maneuver around as the river made its way through the mountains,” said Stan. “The theme song to Airwolf may have been playing in my head.”

An AP employee for six and a half years, Stan currently works as the Director of CRM Technology – where he is more than fully trained and experienced.

With a bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Florida International University, an AP partner school, Stan runs the IT’s application and development team.

A few questions for Stan Hensley, a featured Times employee for June:

  1. If you could learn to do anything, supernatural included, what would it be? I would like to learn how to fly a helicopter. I got to fly one briefly years ago, and it was tons of fun.
  2. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten? Vegemite.  It’s an Australian thing.  It’s a dark brown spread they put on bread that is salty and bitter.  Definitely not my favorite thing in the world.
  3. If you were stranded on a desert island, what one sandwich would you choose? Bacon Cheeseburger.  Because if you’re going to be stranded somewhere, you should at least have bacon.
  4. What is something you are passionate about outside of work? I started coaching a tee-ball team about a year ago. It can be a lot of work, but it is so much fun watching them try hard and get better.
  5. If you could go anywhere this weekend, where would you go? I love Maui, so I would go back there anytime.  I also really enjoyed going to Italy; the food and the people are amazing.
  6. What do you do to unwind at the end of the day? I watch way too much Food Network.  I also enjoy working out.  Whether it’s running, triathlons to just lifting weights, I enjoy being active.

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