Henry Givray is Chairman of the Board of Directors of SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. The company offers full-service management and outsourced services to trade associations, professional societies, technology user communities, industry consortia, charitable organizations, corporations and government institutes. Henry served as President & CEO of SmithBucklin from August 2002 through December 2015. He previously worked for SmithBucklin between 1983 and 1996, having served as chief staff executive for a variety of client associations in addition to handling other corporate responsibilities.
During Henry’s tenure as CEO, SmithBucklin achieved unprecedented success in its 60-plus year history. This includes client satisfaction and retention, employee engagement, company growth and financial performance. One of Henry’s first steps upon returning to SmithBucklin was to ensure all employees embrace a well-articulated culture that helps guide and inspire them to provide extraordinary service and create value for client organizations. His success in building this vital culture is prominently featured in the 2006 book by Randy Pennington, Results Rule! Build a Culture that Blows the Competition Away.
Fulfilling his vision and dream to make SmithBucklin a 100-percent-employee-owned company, Henry led the transfer of the company’s ownership from its financial investors to its employees in 2005. The SmithBucklin Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) allows every employee, regardless of position, tenure or compensation, an equal opportunity to acquire ownership in the company.
Recognizing that growing leaders from within is essential to an organization’s enduring success and vitality, Henry created and facilitates two intensive, high-impact leadership learning programs. The SmithBucklin Leadership Learning Forum is a nine-month program for top-performing employees at various levels within the company. The SmithBucklin Leadership Institute is a six-month experience for board members of SmithBucklin client associations. Both expose a small group of students to leadership concepts, principles and guidelines based on a leadership framework developed by Henry. The unique design of both programs relies heavily on active facilitation, advanced reading, invited guests, homework assignments, lecturettes, exercises and activities. These elements provoke, stimulate, provide context, illuminate ideas and create an environment for leadership learning, self-discovery and personal growth.
Henry is a dedicated, ongoing student of leadership, committed to speaking and writing as a way to serve others. Henry's insights and ideas on leadership have been prominently featured in business books and top national news media. He has been invited to speak at association conferences, corporate meetings and educational forums. His engaging presentation, Leadership’s Calling® (www.leadershipscalling.com), offers attendees unique insights and foundational principles around leadership, introduces a working framework to better understand and measure leadership capacity and performance, and provides practical tools and ideas for everyday use.
Prior to rejoining SmithBucklin as CEO, Henry served as chairman, president and CEO of CourtLink Corporation, an online service for retrieving court records and electronically filing legal documents to and from our nation's courts. In December 2001, Henry led the successful sale of CourtLink to LexisNexis, a leading global provider of information to legal, corporate, government and academic markets.
Henry also earlier served as president and COO of Giga Information Group, an information technology services company founded by Gideon Gartner, founder and former chairman of The Gartner Group. Earlier in his career, he held management, marketing and consulting positions with Interactive Data Corporation, Ernst & Young and Xerox Corporation.
Henry holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and both a B.S. and M.E. in operations research from Cornell University.