With great sorrow we pass on that our friend and colleague, Henry Wang, on November 8, 2014 passed losing his battle with Leukemia. Henry impacted many of us at Xentity, teaching us values, leadership, and impact.
In 1999, he was my director and mentor working on projects for Sapient Corporation from United Airlines, Star Alliance, Navigant International and more. He helped me grow my architecture skills on communication, patterns, capacity planning, issues triage, deducing client needs into concepts, and many more. More so, he taught principles of values, ethics, and leadership. One of the great premises Henry provided was “to get to the value of what someone needs, think one level higher than you thought you needed, and you may get it.”
We traveled weekly together back and forth between Boston and Chicago, Boston and Denver, Denver and Memphis, and beyond, for months. He provided valuable knowledge, and over time, would reciprocate the same. Henry and I nearly perished on September 11, 2001, but hours and a day before respectively, the UA 175 Boston to LA flight plans were changed a day due to pushing a meeting. After conversations with him, family, and very few others, two weeks later, Xentity was founded after discussions with many folk, including Henry’s guidance, about making impact.
Later in 2002, Henry joined Xentity’s first project in travel sector as an independent consultant himself. From that, a mutual partner saw his talent, and he became the CIO at OneTravel. We kept in close touch over the years, seeing his kids grow, seeing my family grow, discussing business but even when we caught up in Texas, Boston, or recently over gchats while he was in the hospital, our discussions on transformation, life, family, faith, leadership, and more carried on like we still were traveling together.