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About Henry Hutcheson

President and Founder of Family Business USA


Henry Hutcheson, comes from two renowned family businesses, Olan Mills Portrait Studios on his mother’s side and Peerless Woolen Mill on his father’s side. Henry has firsthand experience with many of the concerns that are unique to family businesses. Henry studied Psychology and has extensive business knowledge in the critical skills for working effectively with a family business. Coming from his own family business, Henry can empathize with the family business and thus be more effective. Henry engages in a business mentoring and life coaching relationship with each family member and key stakeholders, and the scope of his work with the family and business is all encompassing.

Henry’s Professional Experience


Henry spent the first part of his professional life working for his family’s business, Olan Mills Portrait Studios, before launching an international management career with UPS, Sumitomo Electric, and IBM. As the Director of Business Transformation with IBM/Lenovo, Henry worked in Asia, Europe, and South America improving business operations. This background enables Henry to bring tremendous value to his clients, as he can leverage the best practices learned from his family’s business, client family firms, and as a leader inside some of the world’s top-performing companies.

Education and Certifications

Henry attended the American College of Switzerland where he studied Psychology, and he also has a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. Henry earned an MBA in Management from Columbia Business School. Henry serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Management Consultants, and he is a Certified Management Consultant. Henry serves on the regional board of the Society of Financial Services Professionals. He is a member of the Family Firm Institute and is a Certified Family Business Consultant. Henry has lived in seven countries around the world and communicates in English, French, and Japanese.


Henry is a frequent speaker at many professional, university, and corporate-sponsored events, and he is the Family Business Correspondent with multiple publications including:

  • The Raleigh News & Observer
  • The Charlotte Observer
  • Nursery Retailer Magazine
  • The State Newspaper

Henry is the Author of Dirty Little Secrets of Family Business, and has been quoted in the books “Kids, Wealth and Consequences” and “Sink or Swim: Family Business Lessons Learned from the Titanic,” and he has been a noted contributor in:

  • Construction News
  • Family Business Magazine
  • Crain’s New York Business
  • Fortune.com
  • Forbes.com
  • The Wall Street Journal

Henry has spoken to countless groups across the US and internationally about all subjects related to family businesses and family business dynamics. All presentations are engaging, educational, and fun. Among the many groups he has presented to are:

  • Tulane University Family Business Center
  • CPA Associations
  • Estate Planning Associations
  • Rotary Clubs
  • National Conference of Independent Garden Centers
  • Family Business Center, Wake Forest University
  • Exit Planning Institute
  • Transportation Industry Association
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Sanitation Industry Association
  • Kingdom Business Forum
  • Diary Association