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Personal Profile: Gary Henderson

Name: Gary Henderson

Occupation: President and CEO, United Way of Denton County


Birth date and place: Nov. 11, Tulsa, Okla.

Family: wife, Pam; daughter, Lindsay, 25; and son, Mark, 22

The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: knowing that we are making an important difference in the lives of people here in our community

My business philosophy is: building teams committed to developing sustainable win-win partnerships.

If I could, I’d be a: baseball player.

I’m so sick of: finding more gray hairs.

The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: James Bond, Chili Palmer, John Creasy and Jaime Escalante.

The last book I read was: Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson,  Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler.

I wish I knew how to: Golf. I would even be satisfied with golfing badly!

My worst habit is: over committing my time.

The person I most admire is: Bill Milliken, the founder of Communities In Schools. 

I drive a: 2003 Toyota RAV4 with 125,000 miles on it!

I’d like to be driving a: a four-door truck with less than 100,000 miles.

My favorite restaurant is: every restaurant on our United Way of Denton County DINE UNITED restaurant card!

If I won the lottery, here’s what I’d do just for me: Buy a car with less than 100,000 miles on it!

If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: unlimited resources to help people in need.

When I retire, I plan to: Rest.  Actually, I can’t see myself retired, I really love what I do.

Community activities: member of the Denton Chamber of Commerce State and Federal Relations Committee, member of the Denton Noon Rotary, member of the Serve Denton Strategic Planning Committee, member of the University of North Texas Toulouse Graduate School Advisory Board, member of the University of North Texas Engagement Advisory Committee.