FAMILY BUSINESS BACKGROUND
Henry comes from two family businesses, Olan Mills Portrait Studios on his motherâ€™s side, and Peerless Woolen Mill on his fatherâ€™s side which was sold to Burlington Industries in North Carolina. As such he has familiarity with the issues that are unique to family businesses. Henry has aÂ background in Psychology and Business, both critical skills for effectively working with a family business. This background uniquely enables Henry to empathize with the family business, and thus be more effective.
With 25 years of business management and family business consulting experience, Henry has successfully helped families across the US and internationally, and in a broad range of industries. Henryâ€™s goal with every client is to get the Family and the Business to the next level. This is typically focused on succession from the current generation to the next, but can also be helping family businesses resolve conflict, improve communication, Â leadership development, estate planning guidance, working with the exiting generation to define their role going forward, and, critically, business improvement from a revenue and profit perspective.
Henry engages in a business mentoring and life coaching relationship with each family member and key stakeholders. The scope of his work with the family and business is all-encompassing.
Henry grew up working summers in his familyâ€™s business Olan Mills Portrait Studios, and other family businesses, before launching an international management career with UPS, Sumitomo Electric, and IBM. As the Director of Business Transformation with IBM/Lenovo, Henry worked in Asia, Europe, and South America improving business operations. This background enables Henry to bring tremendous value to his clients as he can leverage the best practices learned from his familyâ€™s business, client family firms, and as a leader inside some of the worldâ€™s top performing companies.
He is a frequent speaker at professional, university, and corporate-sponsored events. Some recent presentations include:
- North Carolina Association of CPAs
- Estate Planning Association
- Rotary Club
- National Conference of Independent Garden Centers
- Family Business Center, Wake Forest University
- Exit Planning Institute
- Garden Centers of America
- Financial Planning Association
- Kingdom Business Forum
Henry is the Family Business Special Correspondent with the News & Observer newspaper, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, serving all of eastern North Carolina, and the Family Business Columnist for Nursery Retailer Magazine with nation-wide readership. Henry also contributes to multiple other publications including North Carolina Construction News, Family Business Magazine, and Crainâ€™s New York Business, and was recently quoted in the book â€śKids, Wealth and Consequencesâ€ť and â€śSink or Swim: Family Business lessons learned from the Titanic.â€ť
EDUCATION and BOARDS
Henry attended the American College of Switzerland where he studied Psychology, and has a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. Henry earned an MBA in Management from Columbia Business School. Henry serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolinas chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants and is a Certified Management Consultant. Henry serves on the regional board of the Society of Financial Services Professionals. He is a member of the Family Firm Institute and is a Certified Family Business Consultant. Henry has lived in seven countries around the world and communicates in English, French, and Japanese.
Family Business Carolina is a proud sponsor of the Annual North Carolina Family Business of the Year Award hosted by Business North Carolina and the Wake Forest Family Business Center.
Henry lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife Kay and two children Oskar and Avery. He is an avid tennis player, angler, traveler, and reader of the Economist magazine and books on history and biographies. When not in Chapel Hill he and his family can typically be found at Kure Beach, North Carolina.