Henry S. Givray is Chairman and former CEO of SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. Henry served as SmithBucklin President & CEO from August 2002 through December 2015. He previously worked for the company between 1983 and 1996, having served as chief staff executive for multiple client associations in addition to handling other corporate responsibilities.
One of Henry's first steps upon returning to SmithBucklin was to ensure all employees embrace a well-articulated culture that helps guide and inspire them to provide extraordinary service and create value for client organizations. His success in building this vital culture is prominently featured in the 2006 book by Randy Pennington, Results Rule! Build a Culture that Blows the Competition Away.
Fulfilling his vision and dream to make SmithBucklin a 100-percent-employee-owned company, Henry led the transfer of the company's ownership from its financial investors to its employees in 2005. The SmithBucklin Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) allows every employee, regardless of position, tenure or compensation, an equal opportunity to acquire ownership in the company.
Henry is a dedicated, ongoing student of leadership, committed to speaking and writing as a way to serve others. His insights and ideas on leadership have been prominently featured in business books and top national news media. He is regularly invited to speak at association conferences, corporate meetings and educational forums. One of Henry’s most enduring achievements has been his creation of comprehensive, high-impact leadership learning programs. The programming has evolved to include two offerings. The SmithBucklin Leadership Institute is for board members from client associations. Leadership’s Calling® is for the business and professional communities at-large and includes a selected few top-performing SmithBucklin employees.
In 2018, Henry was inducted into the prestigious Events Industry Council Hall of Leaders. In 2013, he was named the TSNN Industry Icon Award honoree by Trade Show News Network. Henry was honored with the 2008 Samuel B. Shapiro Award by the Association Forum of Chicagoland. The award is the Forum’s highest honor and is presented each year to a chief executive officer for his or her outstanding service and accomplishments. He was selected as one of the 18 Best Bosses for 2006 by Winning Workplaces, a national non-profit with the mission of helping leaders of small and midsize organizations create great workplaces. Also in 2006, the Destination Marketing Association International Foundation honored Henry and SmithBucklin with the prestigious Spirit of Hospitality Award, which is widely regarded as one of the highest honors in the hospitality industry. Tradeshow Week named Henry as one of the 100 most influential people in the tradeshow business in its October 2, 2006 edition.
Prior to rejoining SmithBucklin as CEO, Henry served as chairman, president and CEO of CourtLink Corporation, an online service for retrieving court records and electronically filing legal documents to and from our nation’s courts. He also earlier served as president and COO of Giga Information Group, an IT services company founded by Gideon Gartner, founder and former chairman of The Gartner Group.
Henry holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and both a B.S. and M.E. in operations research from Cornell University.
Chris Peck has more than 32 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in the areas of certification management, education strategy development, corporate education, facilitation, and strategic planning. A 29-year veteran of SmithBucklin, she has served in numerous roles, includes associate executive director of Lamaze International and CEO of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. She currently is responsible for leading and implementing educational strategy, program design and delivery, eLearning, certification and accreditation practices, with a focus on outcomes and client growth. Under her leadership, client organizations have experienced significant increases in revenue for their programs, products and services - in one case, by as much as 265 percent.
Outside of her SmithBucklin experience, Chris served seven years as the director of education and learning at the U.S. Tennis Association, where she established a full-service educational center providing professional development and educational resources to staff and volunteers in more than 1,000 community-based organizations. She is also the founder of Peck Performance Group, a consulting practice serving clients in the areas of education, training and organizational development.
Chris is a long-time member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and speaks frequently on current certification and education trends and best practices. She holds a bachelor's degree in French from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. and is certified to administer the Myers- Briggs Type Indicator©, the DiSC and is a DDI Certified Facilitator.