As a veteran economic and community development practitioner, Henry has dedicated his career to assisting individuals and groups–representing small businesses and communities alike–to realize and maximize their dreams.
While serving as the Director of the Economic Research and Development Center (ERDC) at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), his body of work earned him regional and national accolades for implementing programs that sought to empower and develop women and minority entrepreneurs while building physical, human, and social infrastructures and ecosystems. Among the awards received by Henry are the SBA Arkansas District Director’s Partnership Award and the Minority Business Development Agency Regional Director’s Award – Region VI.
Under his leadership, ERDC rose from a local program to a national model for community economic development. Henry served in the position of Director of ERDC for over 15 years before leaving the Center in 2015 to continue his work in private practice through his community economic development and management consulting firm HG Consulting, LLC. Areas of expertise for HG Consulting include organizational visioning and strategic planning, small business and social enterprise development, entrepreneurial training, and community economic development.
Henry holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from UAPB where he majored in Accounting.
Having been assigned to the Economic Research and Development Center (ERDC) – a newly formed full-service business and community economic development outreach program of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) as an eager undergraduate work-study student, Henry’s desire to learn and grow positioned him to gain valuable insight under the mentorship and tutelage of individuals who graduated from prominent universities including Morehouse College, Harvard University, Clark – Atlanta University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, it was his passion for serving and helping others that guided and propelled his career.
During the formative years of his career at UAPB, Henry held every technical position within the organization from business research assistant to deputy director and later director. To date, his distinction in leadership remains evident as he is one of only two directors in the center’s multi-decade history. He was also the first individual to hold the position on a full-time basis.
In 2011, Tuskegee University recognized Henry’s work alongside the work of other notables and awarded him with the 16th Annual Booker T. Washington Economic Development Award for the successful entrepreneurial and community development programs offered by UAPB-ERDC.
Henry demonstrated his vision and passion for development through several key projects including the UAPB Business Support Incubator –a one-stop business assistance center located off campus in the heart of downtown Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Throughout his successful career, Henry secured and implemented multi-millions in competitive grants and private capital on behalf of small business and community development clients and initiatives. His visionary leadership placed the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff at the forefront of economic and community development particularly among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).