BIO with "Investment Education" Focus
YOUR MONEY SHOULD WORK AS HARD FOR YOU AS YOU WORK FOR YOUR MONEY
COMMON SENSE, TIME-TESTED INVESTMENT PRINCIPLES
Henry Ford is an author, publisher, speaker, coach, consultant, trainer, and holder of numerous awards. He has been a student and teacher of sound investment principles since the mid 1970’s. Highlights of his background in Investment Education include:
Henry is a former board member of the Northeast Ohio Council of the National Association of Investors (NAIC). Closely connected with long-time investors, and with a passion to bring investment education to the African American community, Henry challenged those in the media, and leaders of civic, social, and professional organizations to open their minds to the realities and possibilities of investment education. In 1987 after years of relentlessly and passionately sharing his message, NAIC notified Henry that he would be honored because he had “. . . persisted against indifference and discouragement to persuade the media to recognize the merits of good investment education.” The Investment Education Institute went on to name Black Enterprise Magazine and others that had begun to dialogue with NAIC regarding investment education as a result of Henry’s efforts.
As a recipient of the prestigious Investment Education Award from NAIC (a charter member of the World Federation of Investment Clubs), Henry joined Lawrence C. Jones, Chairman of The Van Dorn Corporation, John J. Phelan, Jr., Chairman of The New York Stock Exchange, Martha R. Seger, Governor of The Federal Reserve System and Louis M. Thompson, Jr., President of The National Investor Relations Institute as an IEI award winner.
Henry being acknowledged along with four recognized investment, industry and government leaders helped confirm his stated belief that where you are currently has little to do with your potential. Henry has been personally acknowledged by leaders in the Investment and Business Community, including Tom O'Hara, Ken Janke and Lawrence Jones. In 1983, NAIC Chairman Tom O'Hara named Henry "Special Representative" to NAIC, allowing him to independently represent NAIC to a growing and broadly diverse generation of potential investors.
Henry served for a year as Deputy Director of the 9th Street Project’s 1000 Churches Program. The 9th Street Project is an Ohio based initiative of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and is charged with promoting investment literacy and inclusion in the Northeast Ohio area. In his continuing effort to help others achieve financial independence, Henry received training from the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition as a part of that organization's economic literacy initiative. His work in investment education was acknowledged by Rev. Jesse Jackson in his book, It’s About The Money. Henry utilized his passion and experience to co-chair an investment education initiative at the progressive Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village, under the direction of Pastor Larry L. Macon, Sr.
In November 2004 Henry addressed a meeting of the Australian Shareholders Association in Sydney, Australia, at which time he shared his vision with association members and guests, including a delegation of investors from China. When asked why he continues his efforts when there is now an entire generation of financially astute individuals sharing the message, he replied that he never planned to pass the baton, he was just looking for help carrying it. In addition, he states that the motivation for profit can sometimes alter one’s course. “My years of work in the area of investment education all occurred within the non-profit sector as a representative of NAIC, and my services were never sold. I was inspired only to seek the inclusion and expansion of the African American community into the Investment Community, therefore my objectivity caused me to serve as few others can and will.”
Today Henry continues his efforts to spread the message of investment education by partnering with a new generation of financially astute and innovative individuals such as Dr. Robert L. Lawson, author of The Power of Effective Money Management. By partnering and utilizing the power of networking, synergism, the Internet, Social Media and his growing influence from the podium, Henry envisions progress that will dwarf the dreams he entertained nearly forty years ago.