Tom Henry's Journey

Clifford Thomas Henry son of Lewis Clayton "Roxie" Henry and Zelma Nina Hertenstein. Born September 4, 1938 in Bellefontaine, Ohio Logan County.

My mother was
a twin
1914 - 2003

1912 - 1983

Hubbard Elementary School basketball team
1949 - 1950

25 years later class reunion

1954 first car a 1947 Ford coupe $300

Bellefontaine High School graduate 1956

Started 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.

The 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.

My first electrical installation was a goose-neck light on my mother's garage in 1956. (Blew 3 fuses before connecting it correctly)

Received my Diploma for completion of apprenticeship, Journeyman Electrician 1960

October 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.

October 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.

August 1971, 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.

In 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

In 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 1982.

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 Association 1984

I 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.

October 1990 to Present. I work for Maher, Gibson and Guiley, A Professional Association of Lawyers, Orlando, Florida as a Legal Consultant (electrical expert).

1996 to Present.  Tom Henry's "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 electrician's newsletter.

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 Henry books throughout Asia.

Speaking before the Philippine National Electrical Code
Committee in Manila.


"Been 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.....

Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes and Mrs. "Woody" Ann Hayes

Sat 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?

I've always enjoyed a conversation with a person in sports like Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, LPGA golfers Lorena Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam.

Presenting the Mayor of my hometown Bellefontaine, Ohio an "Honorary Citizen" of Walt Disney World award. John Bush of Bush Electric started a Tom Henry bookstore in my hometown.

I have made numerous trips around the world. I now have 7 million miles with American Airlines.

Proud Moments

Teaching my son Tim

Santa Claus

Started a Nursing Scholarship at Mary
Rutan Hospital in memory of my mother who worked over 40 years as a nurse.

Three Generations

Built two homes for the children of the Philippines

Code Electrical Classes Inc. a 2 1/2 acre parcel with a bookstore, offices, studio, solar center, and two classrooms in Winter Park, Florida.