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Jack’s life:

  • Jack was born in Rochester, NY.  His father worked as a car man in the railroad for nearly his entire non-military career.  Jack’s mother was a bookkeeper and office manager.  Jack’s first job was working alongside his father building cabooses.
  • Jack graduated summa cum laude from East Rochester HS and has a BA in English and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Rochester.
  • Jack married Robin in 1976, while he was working for Amtrak in Chicago. They came to Connecticut to visit a college friend and decided that this was where they wanted to make their home. They lived in Simsbury for 8 years.
  • In 1986, Jack became the Chief Financial Officer of a company in West Suffield.  Jack fell in love with Suffield, and, after he introduced her to the town, so did Robin. They moved to Suffield in August 1987 with their two children and their golden retriever.  They were welcomed immediately, and they were struck by the friendliness of the people in town and all that the area had to offer.
  • Jack’s and Robin’s children attended the Suffield Public Schools.  Jack, Robin, and their son, Jonathan continue to live in Suffield.  Robin worked as a speech and language pathologist in the public schools for 33 years.  Their daughter, Sharon, lives with her husband and two children just outside of Atlanta, GA, where Sharon is a clinical psychologist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

 

Jack’s business career:

  • Jack is an MBA/CPA entrepreneur and Suffield-based, business owner with 30+ years of business experience, most of it in the State of Connecticut.
  • Over the course of Jack’s career, he has added hundreds of jobs, primarily in Connecticut, while adding over $1 billion in wealth for customers, employees, shareholders, the supply chain, and the community (stakeholders).  For further information, check out this article and Jack’s responses, 16 and 17.
  • Jack is currently serving as Suffield’s elected Town Treasurer.
  • Jack is an innovative leader and team builder, having been CFO or Acting CFO of 20 companies.
  • As an entrepreneur and Suffield-based business owner since 1994, Jack has:
    • Supported the growth of an emerging distribution business to over $20 million as he became a director.
    • Coordinated moving the California headquarters of two businesses to New England, leading to significant increases in capitalization of over $50 million in revenue, profitability, and employment.
    • Improved accounting, financial, legal, and insurance services at reduced costs while also improving purchasing processes, contracts, and sales.
  • He was the Project Manager of the environmental remediation of two of CT’s largest brownfield sites, one of which remediated 21 of 85 acres as part of a $3 billion commercial construction project in Stamford.
  • Jack has been a Board member of several privately-held and publicly traded companies.
  • As CFO of a web-based legal solutions company, Jack:
    • Coordinated the relocation of the company and retained its Hartford headquarters to add about 125 employees while increasing EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) by nearly $30 million.
    • Supported sales expansion from domestic only to 129 countries and focused sales profitability and worked with counsel in negotiations and contracts to improve profit margins.
    • Achieved recognition for the company by Deloitte & Touche as the fastest growing technology company in Connecticut for its over 70-fold increase in revenue growth over 5-years.
  • As CFO of a Farmington-based international petroleum exploration and environmental services company, he led a financially bankrupt company to a surplus position in ten months and to over a 50-fold return on equity by his fourth year. Jack intends to use that experience in Hartford for our state.
  • In 1986, Jack became the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Northeast’s second largest wholesale nursery, headquartered in West Suffield.  Jack negotiated financings and supported a 3-year increase in total assets by 60%, revenue by 80%, and net income by over 300%.
  • At Northeast Utilities, Jack drafted their accounting policies, worked for the Treasurer, and led their contract administration.  He increased cash flows by $130+ million and positively impacted national utility policies.  He coordinated/initiated coordination of $100+ million in tax-exempt financings, improving the environment, and saving $10 million annually.  As head of contract administration, he redeemed damaged client relationships and was responsible for $100+ million in annual revenue.
  • Early in Jack’s career, he had audit and consulting experience at Amtrak, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and at Deloitte & Touche.

 

Community Service:

  • Currently serving as the elected Town Treasurer of Suffield
  • Serving on Suffield’s Economic Development, Snyder Tree, and Retirement Commissions
  • Served on Suffield’s Board of Finance for 10 years. 
    • Represented the Board of Finance on the Board of Education and the Retirement Commission.
    • As the Chair of the Suffield Board of Finance Audit Committee, presided over a transition in Suffield’s auditors.
  • Founder and Co-chair of the Hartford-Springfield Chapter of the Financial Executives Networking Group.
  • Board member of Sinai Temple and of the Men and Women of Sinai, past Treasurer of Sinai Temple, and President of the Men and Women of Sinai.
  • Vocal soloist and member of Sinai Temple’s volunteer Adult Choir.

 

 


This message was paid for by Henrie for 61st, Tom Frenaye, Treasurer.  This message has been approved by Jack Henrie.
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