"It all started in 1980 when I volunteered for United Way," says Jim Henry, CEO of Henry Resources.
Henry says volunteering gave him a chance to learn first hand about all the different agencies in Midland. "I also got to see first hand some of the good they were doing. Some of the lives they were changing. I realized it didn't take much money to really make a difference in someone's life," says Henry.
So Henry started giving his time and money to the community, and he's been doing it ever since. As it turns out, area non-profits aren't the only one's who've benefited from his generosity. Henry says, "Not only do you get paid off from knowing you've helped somebody's life, but you actually...It's Biblical. You give money and you'll get money, and it did happen. "
He's had the chance to pass these values and beliefs onto his employees, and they couldn't be more grateful to work for him and his company.
"Henry is a place that's like none other. It's a very personal place. It's about people. It's about family. It's about friends. It's about doing what's right in the community. It's about doing what's right as a company," says David Bledsoe, Senior Engineer for Henry Resources.
"To give you an idea, I've never worked anywhere where they start a company meeting with a prayer and that just tells you the environment of the company," says Anne Hill, Henry Resources accountant.
"Someone asked me just a few months after I started working here what it was like to work for Jim Henry. I said I've only been here a few months, but I'd already take a bullet for the guy," says Tom Woodside, Henry Resources landman.
One of Henry's latest ventures is the Bush Tennis Center. They broke ground earlier this summer, and Henry says the center should be up and running in about a year. If you would like to donate, you can do so at http://midlandtenniscenter.org/