Thomas Henry son of Lewis Clayton "Roxie" Henry and Zelma Nina
Hertenstein. Born September 4, 1938 in Bellefontaine, Ohio Logan County.
Elementary School basketball team
1949 - 1950
years later class reunion
first car a 1947 Ford coupe $300
High School graduate 1956
my electrical apprenticeship August 23, 1956 New York Central Railroad
on Diesel locomotives in Bellefontaine, Ohio. After 14 months I was
promoted to electrician and assigned to the third shift where I worked
until late 1960 when the roundhouse closed and the work was transfered
to Englewood, Illinois (Chicago) and Collinwood, Ohio (Cleveland) I
chose not to follow the work.
person I respected the most for my learning the trade was the
electrician I served my apprenticeship under, Arthur Rumery. Art taught
me to remember and retain it, he was not gentle in his method of
teaching! When going back to Ohio in the later years I would always
visit with Art up till his passing in 1985.
first electrical installation was a goose-neck light on my mother's
garage in 1956. (Blew 3 fuses before connecting it correctly)
Diploma for completion of apprenticeship, Journeyman Electrician 1960
1961, I was employed as a Maintenance Electrician for Detroit Aluminum
and Brass Corporation in Bellefontaine, Ohio. The plant consisted of
400 employees with a maintenance department of 15 employees. After four
years, I was promoted to Head Electrician of the maintenance
department. We maintained and installed the electrical equipment,
troubleshooting, designing and building of electrical panelboards for
the automation of new electrical machinery, machine repair, welding,
lathe work, piping of pneumatic systems on machinery and the
supervision and training of maintenance electricians.
1969, I accepted a job with D.M. Hilliker, Inc., Bellefontaine, Ohio as
an Electrical Foreman over the new construction of Gatehouse Square a
220 unit apartment complex in Lima, Ohio. My duties: supervising the
electricians, planning the work, purchasing the electrical materials.
Also the construction of two restaurants in Lima.
For two years, I worked for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as a
Maintenance Supervisor on the Monorail system. My duties: supervision
of the maintenance mechanics and electricians, train the electricians
to troubleshoot the complex Monorail circuitry.
1973 I transfered into the Walt Disney World planning department where
I was employed for 10 years as a project supervisor over skilled trades
in the rehab of the theme park attractions. Of the projects I
supervised were the building of Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer's Island,
the rehabbing of Small World, Hall of Presidents, Space Mountain,
Pirates of the Carribean, and several more of the Magic Kingdom
attractions. Honored to be involved in the planning of President
Richard Nixon's press conference at the Ball Room of America
Contemporary Hotel and President Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Speech to the
International Chamber of Commerce in Cinderella's Castle forecourt.
10 year service award Walt Disney World
License from City of Orlando and Orange County, Florida for Master
Electrician, Electrical Contractor 1978
Registered Electrical Contractor State of Florida 1979
Certified Vocational Instructor State of Florida 1979
1979 while working at Disney I started teaching in the Orange County
Vocational School system in the evenings preparing students for the
electrical license examination. In 1981, I taught an electrical
apprenticeship program. Started my own company Code Electrical Classes
In June of 1983 I started to work as an Electrical
Inspector for the Reedy Creek Improvement District, Lake Buena Vista,
Florida. My duties; Electrical inspections on Walt Disney World
property covering 43 square miles, 27,400 acres.
Certificate of Registration as Chief Electrical Inspector Southern
Building Code Congress 1983
Certification as Chief Electrical Inspector Building Officials
Association of Florida 1984
Diploma as member of Electrical Section of the National Fire Prevention
left Disney in October of 1985 to work full time at my own business
Code Electrical Classes Inc. We have prepared over 25,000 electricians
for their license in 21 different states.
December 1990 to
1992. I worked as a Construction Editor for Electrical Design and
Installation Magazine Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. My duties; to write
a monthly article called "Code Corner". Shown below with my mentor
Joseph McPartland editorial director for EC&M Magazine for many
years. I traveled with McPartland on a panel doing Code seminars.
1990 to Present. I work for Maher, Gibson and Guiley, A Professional
Association of Lawyers, Orlando, Florida as a Legal Consultant
1996 to Present. Tom
"Learn to be an Electrician" Electrical Training Program. At the
present we have 1,942 enrolled with 376 graduates from 50 different
states and several countries throughout the world.
1998 to Present. We publish a bi-monthly newsletter on electrical
education with subscribers throughout the United States "The Informer" the
Shown is John C. Kerns a consulting editor on the subject Electrical History.
John is without a doubt the most intelligent human I have met along the
way of my journey.
2000 to Present. We signed a contract with The National Bookstore of
Manila, Philippines to distribute Tom
books throughout Asia.
Speaking before the Philippine National Electrical Code
Committee in Manila.
there, done that!" I've been held in the arms of Shaquille O'Neal,
danced with Loretta Lynn, walked the fairway at the Masters with
Barbara Nicklaus, etc.....
football coach Woody Hayes and Mrs. "Woody" Ann Hayes
in the press box at Ann Arbor, Michigan with Ara Parseghian and Keith
Jackson of ABC Wide World of Sports. Sat in the press box in Columbus,
Ohio with Big Ten Commissioner Wayne Duke.
How many Ohio State fans can wear an Ohio State jacket and stand on the
50 yard line at Ann Arbor, Michigan on game day?
always enjoyed a conversation with a person in sports like Notre Dame
football coach Lou Holtz, LPGA golfers Lorena Ochoa and Annika
the Mayor of my hometown Bellefontaine, Ohio an "Honorary Citizen" of
Walt Disney World award. John Bush of Bush Electric started a Tom Henry
in my hometown.
I have made numerous trips around the world. I now have 7 million
miles with American Airlines.
my son Tim
Started a Nursing Scholarship at Mary
Rutan Hospital in memory of my mother who worked over 40 years as a
two homes for the children of the Philippines
Electrical Classes Inc. a 2 1/2 acre parcel with a bookstore, offices,
studio, solar center, and two classrooms in Winter Park, Florida.