Green Festival Speakers
Eric Henry, president of TS Designs, is one-half of the dynamic duo that owns TSD. Alongside his business partner and TSD CEO Tom Sineath, Eric has been in the screenprinting business for over 30 years.
Eric’s duties at TSD range from sales to operations to PR. He is the foremost public face of TSD, attending numerous trade shows, giving speeches to groups and universities and hosting tours of the TSD facility. His boundless enthusiasm and energy have gained him a certain level of notoriety at most of them, even winning him the Sustainability Champion award from Sustainable North Carolina in 2009.
Outside of TS Designs, Eric devotes much of his time to furthering the sustainable agenda in various community organizations. He founded the Burlington Biodiesel Co-op and has run his car on biodiesel (or straight vegetable oil) since 2004. He serves on the boards for Company Shops Market, a local co-op grocery that reconnects local agriculture to Alamance County, and NC GreenPower, an organization that purchases and resells renewable energy. He also serves on boards for Alamance County Chamber of Commerce, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, Elon University Environmental Science and the Burlington Downtown Corporation.
Eric was born in Radford, Virginia. When he was 3, he moved to Burlington, NC, where he has lived for most of his life since. He attended NC State University for 2 years, then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC-CH, Eric founded Creative Screen Designs, a screenprinting operation dedicated to the college market. Before the start of his senior year at Chapel Hill, Eric left school to join Tom Sineath as co-owner of TS Designs, Inc. He recently completed an online permaculture class at NC State University.
Eric and his wife Lisa recently purchased a small farm in southern Alamance County, moving out of their home of 26 years in downtown Burlington. Lisa wanted to be closer to her horses and Eric wanted to get closer to the dirt. He has started a blog, Journey to Zero, to share the progress of their project to make their new house a net zero energy home.
Quote: “I want to push the window of sustainability in order to change the direction of the American society.”