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Emmit J. McHenry

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Telecommunications Chief Executive
Telecommunications Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Curried Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Colorado
Favorite Quote:
Life Is A Becoming Process. Clarity Is Power.

Birthplace

Born:
7/12/1943
Birth Location:
Forrest City, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Telecommunications Chief Executive
Telecommunications Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Curried Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Colorado
Favorite Quote:
Life Is A Becoming Process. Clarity Is Power.

Birthplace

Born:
7/12/1943
Birth Location:
Forrest City
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Biography

Emmit J. McHenry is founder, chairman, and CEO of Enterprise Magazine’s 10th ranked African American-owned business, NetCom Solutions International, Inc. He was born in Forrest City, Arkansas, on July 12, 1943, the grandson of a minister. Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, McHenry attended Stewart Elementary School, Carver Middle School and Booker T. Washington High School. After graduating in 1962, he went on to receive his B.S. in communications from the University of Denver in 1966. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of lieutenant. McHenry would go on to Northwestern University, where in 1979 he earned his M.S. degree in communications. Here, he would also complete the qualifying examinations for a doctorate.

McHenry held various management positions with IBM, Connecticut General, Union Mutual and AllState Insurance Company. He served on several insurance industry committees and was a founding member of the American Productivity Management Association. He then founded Network Solutions, Inc. the internet domain services provider, and in 1995, he founded NetCom Solutions International, a telecommunications, engineering, consulting, and technical services company. The company has received awards for excellent service from IBM, NASA and Lucent Technologies with revenues of $260 million and over 200 employees in Chantilly, Virginia and Oklahoma City.

Today, McHenry serves as chairman of VisuTel, a broadband telecommunications company. McHenry is on the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness, the board of directors for NetCom Solutions International, Ltd. (UK), and chairs the governance committee for the Phelps Stokes Fund. He is on the advisory board of DECIS Technology and is former chairman of the board of LearnCity, Inc. McHenry has also served on the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, the State of Virginia Economic Development Authority and the board of directors for James Martin Government Intelligence. He has also chaired the board of directors of NeCom Solutions South Africa.

McHenry’s business engagements have taken him to Africa, Europe and Asia.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Emmit J. McHenry's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Emmit J. McHenry lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Emmit J. McHenry describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about healers and readers in his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about his paternal grandmother, his mother, and care from the community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Emmit J. McHenry describes his father and how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about growing up between Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma and his early desire to go to college
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Emmit J. McHenry recalls his childhood interests and activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Emmit J. McHenry recalls grade school and his favorite teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Emmit J. McHenry recalls going to Carver Middle School in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Emmit J. McHenry describes his community in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about the history of Deep Greenwood, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Emmit J. McHenry describes his involvement with youth politics in Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about playing music and football as well as his decision to attend the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Emmit J. McHenry describes his experience at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about attending the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado and the black student population there
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Emmit J. McHenry describes his undergraduate experience at the University of Denver in Colorado, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about HistoryMaker Cleo Parker Robinson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Emmit J. McHenry describes his undergraduate experience at the University of Denver in Colorado, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about working for IBM in Denver, Colorado after graduating from the University of Denver
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about being drafted into the Vietnam War and joining the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about going to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois for graduate school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about moving to Maine to work for Union Mutual
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Emmit J. McHenry recalls starting Network Solutions as a four-person company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Emmit J. McHenry describes his work with Allstate Insurance Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Emmit J. McHenry remembers being promoted to regional vice president for the Northwest at Allstate Insurance Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about strategizing to give African Americans opportunities at Allstate Insurance Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about a meeting at Allstate Insurance Company with other black executives to establish a support system for black executives
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about his decision to leave Allstate Insurance Company to focus on his business, Network Solutions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Emmit J. McHenry describes Network Solutions' role as sole registrar for internet domain names in the early 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Emmit J. McHenry reflects on selling Network Solutions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Emmit J. McHenry talks about his current business operations, NetCom Solutions International and VisuTel
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Emmit J. McHenry describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Emmit J. McHenry reflects upon having grown up in poverty
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Emmit J. McHenry considers his legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Emmit J. McHenry considers his legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Emmit J. McHenry considers what he might have done differently
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Emmit J. McHenry describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Emmit J. McHenry narrates his photographs