Jim Henry was born in 1934 in Andagoya, Colombia to American parents. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Jim began his career as an engineer with Humble Oil in McCamey, Texas. Entering the Air Force as an officer, he served two years researching liquid hydrogen at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He returned to work for Humble working in Houston, Midland and Andrews, Texas. In 1964, Jim went to work for Skelly Oil Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a reservoir engineer.
In January 1969 Jim returned to Midland becoming the chief engineer for Solar Oil. Shortly thereafter, he and Bob Landenberger founded H&L Consultants.
Henry bought out Landenberger in 1977 and renamed the company Henry Petroleum. Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, Henry Petroleum was one of the most active independent producers in the Spraberry Trend. In the 1990’s, the company expanded its focus in secondary and tertiary operations. Henry unitized seven separate secondary floods including a unique immiscible, secondary CO2 flood during this decade. By 2000, Jim once again returned to the Spraberry. His company discovered how to make the Wolfberry economical, drilling over 900 wells since 2003. In 2008, Jim sold Henry Petroleum to Concho Resources and began Henry Resources. He quickly grew his new venture and sold again to Linn Energy in 2010. Henry Resources has again restarted and is currently operating four drilling rigs; two in the Wolfberry and two testing other areas.
Mr. Henry has been inducted into the Permian Basin Petroleum Hall of Fame and has received the Permian Basin Petroleum Associations’ “Top Hand” award. He has been recognized as the “Engineer of the Year” by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and elected into the SPE Permian Basin Hall of Fame. Jim has also received numerous community awards including the United Way “Honorary Life Member” award, the “Centennial Citizen” award, the HOPE Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the “Person of Vision” award from Prevent Blindness. He has received Oklahoma University’s Distinguished Alumni award and the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Buffalo Trail Council Boy Scouts of America. He is Chairman of the Bush Tennis Center in Midland, Texas. He also serves on the boards of the Midland College Foundation and the Henry Foundation. Currently he is focusing his efforts on fundraising for the Bush Tennis Center and writing children’s books about the Adventures of Willy Nilly and Thumper.
Jim has been married to his wonderful wife Paula for 50 years. They have three children and eleven grandchildren.