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Mr. Henry

Eric Henry

President, Tightrope Media Systems

Eric Henry is President of Tightrope Media Systems, a leading supplier of digital signage software, broadcast automation and servers. Upon joining the company in 2013 as Business Architect, Mr. Henry made an immediate impact with business development, product development, and operational initiatives. This included the rollout of new business processes and procedures, including a transition to Netsuite software tools for managing daily operations, that reduced costs and increases operational efficiencies for the company. On the product development side, Mr. Henry was behind the innovations of Carousel 7.0 Digital Signage Software, which represents an enormous leap in ease of use and operational flexibility for customers worldwide. His business development initiatives also resulted in significant annual year-on-year revenue increases, and key partnerships with major industry vendors such as BrightSign. Since becoming President in 2016, Mr. Henry’s main responsibilities include management of key industry relationships, new talent acquisition, and ensuring the entire Tightrope Media Systems team is equipped with the resources they need to continue innovating for the broadcast and professional AV industries. One of his chief focal points is to invest in tools that help everyday people and businesses tell their story, from simplicity of Tightrope designs through to the availability of the company’s software – and partner hardware – that deliver outstanding overall value. Prior to joining Tightrope, Mr. Henry worked at Tierney Brothers, a dealer and systems integration firm that includes Tightrope among its many clients. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Mr. Henry attended Bethel University and majored in Accounting and Finance. Please visit http://www.trms.com for more information.

Mr. Henry can be contacted at 866-866-4118 or eric.henry@trms.com

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Guest Service: Empowering People

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